John William Grace (1921 - 1944)

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John William Grace
1921 - 1944
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c. 1921
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January 7, 1944
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John William Grace was born c. 1921. He died on January 7, 1944 at 23 years old.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Portsmouth Naval Memorial Panel 82 in United Kingdom
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Service number: p/jx 608507
Rank: Able Seaman
Regiment: Royal Navy
Unit/ship/squadron: H.m.s. Tweed

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John William Grace passed away on January 7, 1944 at 23 years of age. He was buried in Portsmouth Naval Memorial Panel 82, United Kingdom. He was born c. 1921. We are unaware of information about John's immediate family.

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In 1921, in the year that John William Grace was born, 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 1930, at the age of merely 9 years old, John was alive 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 1944, in the year of John William Grace's passing, on December 16th, The Battle of the Bulge began in the Ardennes forest on the Western Front. Lasting for a little over a month, the battle began with a surprise attack by Germany on the Allied forces The U.S. suffered their highest casualties of any operation in World War II - 89,000 were casualties, around 8,600 killed - but Germany also severely depleted their resources and they couldn't be replaced.

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