Pvt. John B. Wands, Jr.

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Proposed Verona Street Sign

Proposed Verona Street Sign

Verona Residence:64 Grove Avenue; 59 Derwent Avenue; 88 Grove Avenue
Verona Paratrooper killed in France

Pvt. John B. Wands Jr., 19, paratrooper, was killed in action in France June 14, the War Department has notified his wife, the former Miss Loretta Newton, who is living with her family at 71 Myrtle Street, Bloomfield. He was in the D-Day invasion.Son of Mr. and Mrs. Wands of 88 Grove Avenue, Verona, the paratrooper was born in Hallwood, Va., and went to Verona with his family 14 years ago. He attended Verona High School and was employed at Verner-Cadby, Inc., Verona. He entered the Army in April, 1943, and trained at Fort Benning, Ga. He had been overseas five months.Pvt. Wands also leaves an 8-months-old daughter Elizabeth, a brother Thomas and a sister, Miss Elaine Wands, at home.
Newark Evening News July 25, 1944
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The above picture, which the Wands family believes includes Pvt. John B. Wands, Jr. of Verona (5th from right), appeared in Life Magazine showing England's Prime Minister Winston Churchill and General Dwight D. Eisenhower inspecting the troops prior to the Normandy Invasion. It also appears in Stephen Ambrose's Book Band of Brothers.Photo courtesy of Mr. John B. Wands V, nephew of Pvt John B. Wands

The above picture, which the Wands family believes includes Pvt. John B. Wands, Jr. of Verona (5th from right), appeared in Life Magazine showing England’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill and General Dwight D. Eisenhower inspecting the troops prior to the Normandy Invasion. It also appears in Stephen Ambrose’s Book Band of Brothers.Photo courtesy of Mr. John B. Wands V, nephew of Pvt John B. Wands

Gravestone Prospect Hill Cemetery, Caldwell, NJ(P.S. 5, Row H, Grave 27)

Gravestone Prospect Hill Cemetery, Caldwell, NJ(P.S. 5, Row H, Grave 27)

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3 thoughts on “Pvt. John B. Wands, Jr.

  1. Pingback: History's Heroes To March Again On Memorial Day - MyVeronaNJ - MyVeronaNJ

  2. A hero from a long line of them – gggg-grandson of John Wands (1736-1824), native of Scotland, a founder of New Scotland NY, Patriot of the Revolution.

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