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John Joseph Ryan (1918 - 1942)

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John Joseph Ryan
1918 - 1942
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1918
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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, on November 1, an elevated train on the Brooklyn line of the subway - driven by an inexperienced operator because of a strike - tried to navigate a turn at 30mph. The limit on the curve was 6 mph. The 2nd and 3rd cars of the 5 car wooden train were badly damaged and at least 93 people were killed, making it the deadliest crash in New York subway history.

In 1921, when he was just 3 years old, on November 11th, the first burial was held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The body of an unknown soldier - selected by Army Sgt. Edward F. Younger who was highly decorated for valor and received the Distinguished Service Cross in "The Great War" - was brought back from France (World War 1) and placed in the newly completed tomb. President Warren G. Harding officiated at the interment ceremonies.

In 1928, he was only 10 years old when Mickie Mouse was born! He first appeared in Disney's Steamboat Willie, along with Minnie. Although they were in two previous shorts, this was the first to be distributed. Steamboat Willie took advantage of the new technology and was a "talkie" - music was coordinated with the animation. It became the most popular cartoon of its day.

In 1937, at the age of 19 years old, John was alive when on May 6th, the German zeppelin the Hindenburg caught fire and blew up. The Hindenburg was a passenger ship traveling to Frankfurt Germany. It tried to dock in New Jersey, one of the stops, and something went wrong - it blew up. Thirty-six people were killed out of the 97 on board - 13 passengers, 22 crewmen, and one ground worker. The reasons for the explosion are still disputed.

In 1942, in the year of John Joseph Ryan's passing, due to World War II, automobile production in the United States was stopped on February 1st. A tire rationing program had begun the month before. Detroit - the main hub of car manufacturing - was ordered to free up assembly lines for military production. The president of the Automobile Manufacturers Association said “The automotive industry is in this war all the way". Some dealerships had to close and others expanded their repair shops. The used car market boomed (as did a black market in used cars).

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