John was born October 12, 1925 in Rochester, New York and enlisted in 1943 in the ASTP. Due to heavy losses in the European campaigns, the Army needed infantrymen. He was assigned to Company A, 347th Infantry Regiment, 87th Division.
On October 12, 1944 he was shipped over to England. John served as a front line machine gunner in the Battle of Northern France, and then went on to serve in the Battle of the Bulge.
During the Battle of the Bulge, his company fought two German tanks and hundreds of soldiers. The Germans launched a high explosive shell about a hundred yards from John and shrapnel smashed his machine gun. His assistant gunner was hit in his chest, so he put the cellophane from a cigarette pack over the wound, put a belt around him, grabbed him by the collar, and dragged him to cover. He helped load the seriously wounded man on a jeep, never expecting to see him alive again.
Fighting through the Siegfried Line, his company of 200 men lost a total of 80, and more than 100 men were wounded. They then crossed the Mosel and the Rhine River and continued to fight across Germany to Czechoslovakia, where they met the Russian Army at the end of the war.
John was discharged on April 11, 1946.