John F. McLaughlin
John McLaughlin was born in New Jersey in about 1917 to James and Nellie McLaughlin. He had a sister and at least two brothers. The family lived in Weehawken and later in Teaneck. He attended Holy Trinity School in Hackensack and in 1935 graduated from St. Cecilia High School in Englewood. He completed one year of college and worked for the North American Insurance Company.
John enlisted in the Armed Forces in 1/28/41. He took basic training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and officer training at the Infantry Candidates School at Fort Benning, Georgia.
He arrived overseas in October 1943 and saw action at Casino, Anzio Beachhead and north of Rome.
He was one of the officers leading the only Japanese- American infantry unit into combat in Italy and spoke very highly of the men. In a letter to his mother he indicated that these men volunteered for the Army to dispel any doubt of their loyalty to the United States.
Lieutenant Mclaughlin was wounded on 6/26/44 in the battle for Cassino, Italy and after a 6 week period of recovery was promoted and assigned as acting intelligence officer on his battalion’s staff.
Lieutenant McLaughlin served in the 133rd Infantry, 34th Division. His unit was involved in fighting the Germans in a mountainous area of Northern Italy.
On 10/5/44 Lieutenant McLaughlin was killed in combat in Northern Italy.
This bold officer was awarded the Purple Heart Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and is buried in the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial in Florence Italy.
- January 28, 1942
- August 26, 1942
- November 16, 1942
- February 6, 1943
- January 31, 1944
- February 28, 1944
- August 10, 1944
- October 24, 1944
- October 28, 1944
- 1920 United States Federal Census
- 1940 United States Federal Census
- U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
- World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas
- U.S. Headstone and Interment Record for U.S. Military Cemeteries for Foreign Soil, 1942-1949
- Italy, Find A Grave Index, 1800s-Current
American Battle Monuments Commission
- History 133rd Infantry 34th Infantry Division: From 1 October 1944 to 5 October, 1944 (information on Lt. John F. McLaughlin on page 5)
Find A Grave Website