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John Lawrence Ryan (1923 - 1943)

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John Lawrence Ryan
1923 - 1943
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c. 1923
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October 30, 1943
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John Lawrence Ryan was born c. 1923. He died on October 30, 1943 at 20 years old.
Updated: September 30, 2013
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Service number: 7022601 Rank: Lance Corporal Regiment: Royal Ulster Rifles Unit/ship/squadron: 1st Bn. The London Irish Rifles
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John Lawrence Ryan passed away on October 30, 1943 at 20 years of age. He was buried in Minturno War Cemetery Viii, Italy. He was born c. 1923. We have no information about John's immediate family.
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In 1923, in the year that John Lawrence Ryan was born, the Teapot Dome scandal became the subject of an investigation by Senator Walsh and severely damaged the reputation of the Harding administration. Secretary of the Interior Albert Bacon Fall was convicted of accepting bribes from oil companies and became the first Cabinet member to go to prison. At the time, the Teapot Dome scandal was seen as "greatest and most sensational scandal in the history of American politics".

In 1930, John was merely 7 years old when on August 6th, N.Y. Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater went through papers in his office, destroyed some of them, withdrew all his money from the bank - $5,150, sold his stock, met friends at a restaurant for dinner and disappeared after getting into a taxi (or walking down the street - his friends' testimony later changed). His disappearance was reported to the police on September 3rd - almost a month later. His wife didn't know what happened, his fellow Justices had no idea, and his mistresses (he had several) said that they didn't know. While his disappearance was front page news, his fate was never discovered and after 40 years the case was closed, still without knowing if Crater was dead or alive.

In 1943, in the year of John Lawrence Ryan's passing, on September 3rd, the Armistice of Cassibile was signed in Sicily. Under the terms of the Armistice, Italy surrendered to the Allied Powers. After the Armistice was made public on September 8th, Germany attacked and occupied Italy. It took 20 months of fighting for the Allies to reach the northern borders of Italy.

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