John B. Henwood

John Benson Henwood was born on July 22nd 1924 in New York to Mabel and Winifred Henwood.  John and his older sister Jeannette grew up in Yonkers, NY before moving to Teaneck by 1940.

John was the epitome of a well rounded student; he was on Student Council and various sports teams for three years, as well as STEM clubs and the Prom Committee.  John graduated from Teaneck High in 1942 as vice-president of his senior class and a member of the National Honor Society. The next year he would start his freshman year at Georgia Tech to become an aeronautical engineer.  

John enlisted and was later promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the Air Corps. He took part in the Western New Guinea Campaigns after finishing basic training and additionally earned the Air Force Air Medal. John was declared missing and presumed dead on his birthday in 1944, in the area of Halmahera Island in the South Pacific at the onset of the Battle of Morotai.  Although his remains were unrecoverable, he was honored at Fort William McKinley Cemetery, Manila, the Philippines. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.

WWII Scrapbook

  1. August 14, 1944

High School Yearbook

  1. 1942 Yearbook, Page 34
  2. 1942 Yearbook, Page 109
  3. 1942 Yearbook, Page 129

American Battle Monuments Commission

  1. John B. Henwood

  1. John [Jack] Benson HENWOOD - Overview
  2. New York, State Census, 1925
  3. 1930 United States Federal Census
  4. 1940 United States Federal Census about Mabel B. Henwood
  5. World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas

Find A Grave Website

  1. Sgt John B. Henwood