John Laird Naylor was born in Manhattan, New York to Justus Brodie Naylor and Rachel Louisa Hanckel.

Private First Class John Laird Naylor was a member of the Engineer Company, 187th Airborne Infantry Regimental Combat Team. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on May 25, 1951. Private First Class Naylor was awarded the Purple Heart, the Parachute Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

He is buried in the Chattanooga National Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The Chattanooga Times, June 15, 1951
Pfc. John L. Naylor, former Chattanoogan, was reported to have been killed in action May 25 in Korea. His fiancee, Miss Marie Dumas, 711 South Germantown Road, received telegraphic notification Wednesday.

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 29 April 1928
  • Date of death: 25 May 1951
  • County: Knox
  • Service Branch: Army
  • Division/Assignment: 187th Airborne Infantry Regimental Combat Team
  • Conflict: World War II/Korean War
  • Awards: Purple Heart, Parachute Badge, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, and Republic of Korea War Service Medal
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XXI, Top Panel
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