John William Mahan was born 5 January 1919
He was killed 15 June 1944 by Jap Machine Gun fire.

-Enlisted in the Marine Corps in October 1940
-Served in the Fourth Recruit Batallion in the Marine Barracks at Parris Island, SC, Fall 1940
-Parents: George P. and Maude Mahan
-Siblings: George P. Mahan, Gladys E. Mahan, Roger Mahan, and Catherine Mahan
-Buried Lynnhurst Cemetery

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, July 13, 1944
Marine Sgt. John W. Mahan, former Central High School basketball captain, has been killed in action in the Pacific, the parents, Mr. and Mrs. George F. Mahan, Woodrush Avenue, Fountain City, were informed last night. Word of this son’s death came just one day after the parents had the news that another son, First Lt. Roger Mahan, had been awarded teh Distinguished Flying Cross in India for downing two enemy planes, and participating in more than 50 successful flying missions. Another son, Capt. Albert F. (Pete) Mahan is public relations officer for the Eastern Base Command of Strategic Air Forces and is stationed in Moscow. The three sons were all home together a year ago filling the Fountain City home with happiness. The mother fed them hot biscuits, all the country ham they could eat, and everything else that the boys liked. None of them has been home since. Sgt. Mahan was with an armored amphibian tank battalion in the Southwest Pacific. The boys are nephews of the Rev. And Mrs. A.F. Mahan of Fountain City. He was a member of Central Baptist Church in Fountain City.

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 5 January 1919
  • Date of death: 15 June 1944
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Marine Corps
  • Division/Assignment: 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Armored Amphibian Battalion, Company A
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Bronze Star, Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Lynnhurst Cemetery, Knoxville, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Middle Panel
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