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Sgt John Clarence Woods

Sgt John Clarence Woods

Birth
Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, USA
Death 21 Jul 1950 (aged 39)
Marshall Islands
Burial Toronto, Woodson County, Kansas, USA
Plot Section C-2
Memorial ID 73369257 · View Source
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American Master Sergeant who was the United States Third Army hangman at the Nuremberg Trials. He executed 347 criminals during his 15 year career. On October 16, 1946, Sgt. Woods hanged convicted Nazi War Criminals Joachim Von Ribbentrop, Wilhelm Keitel, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Alfred Rosenberg, Hans Frank, Wilhelm Frick, Juliu Streicher, Fritz Sauckel, Alfred Jodl, and Albert Seyss-Inquart. Instead of calculating the rope drop, Woods used a standard rope drop which caused all of the Nazi war criminals he hanged to die a slow painful death by strangulation. Three other prisoners escaped the gallows by committing suicide. Dr. Robert Ley and Hermann Goering committed suicide at Nuremberg. Martin Bormann was sentenced to death by hanging in absentia, and was proven by 1998 DNA testing on a skull found in Berlin to have committed suicide in 1945. Woods was accidentally electrocuted while repairing a high voltage power line for the United States Army on Eniwetok, Marshall Islands. His body was returned for burial in his native Kansas.


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  • Created by: Robert
  • Added: 15 Jul 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 73369257
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt John Clarence Woods (5 Jun 1911–21 Jul 1950), Find A Grave Memorial no. 73369257, citing Toronto Cemetery, Toronto, Woodson County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Robert (contributor 46566357) .