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John Joseph Ryan (1918 - 1942)

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John Joseph Ryan
1918 - 1942
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1918
Death
December 7, 1942
Watta, Australia
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Watta, Australia
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John Joseph Ryan was born in 1918. He is the child of Ryan Walter Michael Ryan and Mary Elizabeth Hanrahan Ryan. He died on December 7, 1942 in Watta, Australia at 24 years of age.
Updated: September 4, 2019
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Service number: 863298 Rank: Gunner Regiment: Royal Artillery Unit/ship/squadron: 9 Coast Regt.
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John Joseph Ryan died on December 7, 1942 in Watta, Australia at 24 years old. He was buried in Tower Hill Memorial Panel 26., United Kingdom. John was born in 1918. He is the child of Ryan Walter Michael Ryan and Mary Elizabeth Hanrahan Ryan.
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In 1918, in the year that John Joseph Ryan was born, in July, Russian revolutionaries executed the former Tzar Nicholas II and his immediate family. While it was rumored that two of the children had survived, it was later proven through DNA analysis - when their bodies were found - that the entire family had been killed.

In 1927, at the age of just 9 years old, John was alive when the first "talkie" (a movie with music, songs, and talking), The Jazz Singer, was released. Al Jolson starred as a cantor's son who instead of following in his father's footsteps as expected, becomes a singer of popular songs. Banished by his father, they reconcile on his father's deathbed. It was a tear-jerker and audiences went wild - especially when they heard the songs. Thus begun the demise of silent films and the rise of "talkies".

In 1929, he was merely 11 years old when American Samoa officially became a U.S. territory. Although a part of the United States since 1900, the Ratification Act of 1929 vested "all civil, judicial, and military powers in the President of the United States of America".

In 1933, by the time he was only 15 years old, on March 4th, Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the 32nd President of the United States. He was elected four times (equaled by no other President) and guided the United States through the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and World War 2. His wife was his cousin Eleanor Roosevelt (Teddy Roosevelt's niece) who President Truman called "First Lady of the World". Some of the major programs that survive from his presidency are the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Wagner Act (The National Labor Relations Act of 1935) , the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Social Security.

In 1942, in the year of John Joseph Ryan's passing, from January 7th through April 9th, the Battle of Bataan was fought in the Philippines. At the end of the battle, the U.S. and Filipino forces surrendered and a three-year occupation of the Philippines by Japan began. Between 60,000 and 80,000 American and Filipino soldiers surrendered and were marched around 60 to 69 miles - most were beaten, abused, or killed. Named the Bataan Death March, it was later declared to be a war crime.

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