PACIFIC: John N. Waters

John N. Waters

(Feb. 21, 1946) – John N. Waters died Feb. 13, from injuries sustained while serving with the Marines, Second Division for 3 years in the South Pacific. Waters, who left Belleville High School to join the Marines, never took a furlough. He shipped out to the Pacific at the end of his basic training.

The young Marine served in battle campaigns including Tarawa, Peleliu, Tinian, Ie Shima – where newspaper writer Ernie Pyle was killed by a sniper – Okinawa and Saipan.

Waters was sick with dengue fever, a tropical disease and had been hospitalized overseas. Waters received a Purple Heart, and was discharged last December. He died at home.

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