#VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran John Edgar Keogh



Veteran of the Day graphic for John Edgar Keogh.

Veteran of the Day graphic created by Emma Catlett for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran, John Edgar Keogh. John served during World War II and the Korean War.

At the onset of World War II, John Edgar Keough was close to graduating high school. He was setting pins in a bowling alley when he heard about the attack on Pearl Harbor. After graduation, John and his brother joined the Army, and he was sent to Camp Roberts in California for training in communications, like how to operate switchboards and telephones.

After John completed training, he was sent as a replacement to the 147th Infantry in British Samoa, where he often listened to stories of the men who fought at Guadalcanal. It wasn’t long until John was living stories he’d later retell.

John did various jobs as part of the 147th Infantry. First, he worked as a switchboard operator, then as a wireman. One day while laying wire in the jungle, John had to climb a tree to wrap the wire. In the tree, John came face to face with a snake. Other jobs included working as a gunner on a 37-millimeter cannon, and also in intelligence, where his brother was the company’s intelligence sergeant. The two brothers stayed together throughout the war, except for when John’s brother was injured. John also remembers clearing caves on the islands, like at Iwo Jima. Clearing mines would later give him nightmares.

When the war ended, John’s unit threw a big party. He was discharged in 1945 and used the G.I. Bill for college. John reenlisted for the Korean War, but was stationed in Kansas to train new soldiers. More of his story can be found at http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.natlib.afc2001001.33471/ 

Thank you for your service, John!


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Veterans History Project

This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.


Contributors:

Graphic designer: Emma Catlett

Editor: Kaylee Hogsed

Fact Checker: Kat Blanchard

Author

Savannah Labbe

Savannah Labbe is a senior at Gettysburg College studying history and religious studies. She is originally from Belgrade, Maine and is currently a writing intern at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Comments

  1. Robert Bostic    

    Thank you for your service – Army Veteran, John Edgar Keogh.

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