World War II Veteran, U.S. Navy. Foth enlisted on April 12, 1938, and served aboard the USS West Virginia.
Kansas City Star December 16, 1941:
GIVES HIS LIFE IN NAVY
PARENTS LEARN OF DEATH OF
JACK FOTH, 2108 CLEVELAND
The 22-Year-Old Youth Was an
R. O. T. C. Officer at Central
High School Before
Enlistment Four Years Ago.
A Kansas City youth who rose to the rank of R. O. T. C. major while attending Central high school lost his life in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, according to word received by his parents here today. He was Jack Foth, 22-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Foth, 2108 Cleveland avenue.
Serving his fourth year in the navy, Foth was a first class electrician’s mate aboard a battleship. Until last Decoration day he was stationed on the U. S. S. Arizona, which Secretary Knox reported yesterday was destroyed by Japanese forces. At that time he transferred to another ship.
Only yesterday at the Foth home, Christmas presents which had been mailed by the son a few days before the war started arrived. They had been mailed in Honolulu. The last letter which Mr. and Mrs. Foth received from their son had been mailed Friday, December 5, two days before the outbreak. In that missive there was no mention of the war or of naval operations.
Foth was born and reared here and attended Greenwood grade and Central high schools. At Central, where he was graduated in 1936, his chief interest was his R. O. T. C. training. In that field he achieved the highest rank attainable in his corps, that of major. Earlier he had been a member of Boy Scout troop No. 22.
Mr. and Mrs. Foth received word of the death in a telephone conversation from Jack Foth’s wife, Mrs. Maxine Foth, who has been living with her parents in Pasadena, Calif. He also leaves a sister, Mrs. W. T. McAuley, jr., 2116 Cleveland avenue.
Before enlisting in the navy, he was a member of the 110th engineers here. He was a member of the Kensington Avenue Baptist church.
Kansas City Star December 23, 1941:
TO MEMORY OF GRADUATES
Central High School Tribute to Pearl Harbor Victims
Memorial services for Thomas McClelland and Jack Foth, former Central high school students, who were killed at Pearl Harbor, were held today at a Christmas assembly in the school’s auditorium.
McClelland, an ensign in the navy, was engaged in communications work on a battleship. He formerly was chief engineer for WDAF, The Star’s radio station. Foth was chief engineer’s mate on the same ship. Both were in the R. O. T. C. at Central. Charles Comstock, president of the student council, was in charge of the program, and George McLaird directed the squad which fired a salute.
Kansas City Star March 7, 1942:
IN A BOW TO WAR DEAD
MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR TWO MEN KILLED IN ACTION
Jack Foth, Victim at Pearl Harbor, and Herbert Peterson, Sailor,
Will Be Honored by Congregations
The congregations of two Kansas City churches will pause tomorrow to honor two men in the armed forces who were killed in line of duty.
A memorial service for Jack Foth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Foth, 2108 Cleveland avenue, who was killed at Pearl Harbor, will be held at 11 o’clock at the Kensington Avenue Baptist church, Twenty-fourth street and Kensington avenue. The Rev. E. J. Rogers, pastor of the church, will preside. James Shearer, a former executive of the troop of which Foth was a member, will speak. A United States flag will be presented to the family by a representative of the naval recruiting station.
Mrs. Maxine Foth, Pasadena, Calif., widow of the sailor, also will be present.
Kansas City Star December 7, 1943:
PURPLE HEART TO PARENTS
A posthumous award of the Purple Heart to their son, Jack Foth, 22 years old, an electrician first class, in the attack on Pearl Harbor, was received yesterday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Foth, 2108 Cleveland avenue. He was a major in the R. O. T. C. at Central high school where he was graduated in 1936.
Petty Officer First Class Jack Foth was Killed in Action on December 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was stationed aboard the USS West Virginia BB-4.
Maxine Kathyrn Miller Hood Huerta
Anna Wilhelmina Foth McAuley
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