Pass in Review__THE
THE RED BATTALION
-- --- like a rapier -- -- -- sharp -- -- --
keen -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- tactically perfect!
LT. COL. JOHN D.
Native of Allston, Massachusetts. Attended Harvard University; appointment to the U.S. Military Academy July I930. Graduated 1934. First
assignment, 16th Infantry, 1st Division; subsequently to Territory of Hawaii for duty with
tanks. Graduated Infantry School at Ft. Benning, Georgia, 1938; one year with the 3rd
Battalion, 12th Infantry (known as the "President's Own"). Returned to Ft. Benning 1940 to attend the Tank School; organized Task Force Tuna in November 1941 with mission to
protect, maintain order Island of Jamaica. Transferred to Headquarters, Antilles Department, General Staff Corps
on San Juan, Puerto Rico. Returned U.S. 1943. Attended Command and General Staff School; May 1944, assigned 76th Division, Commanding Officer of 1st
Battalion, 304th Infantry to present. Known as "Big John." Single.
Catholic. Hobby: modern contemporary music. Postwar plans: Army career.
BATTALION STAFF OFFICERS
2nd Lt. Vance
Diggins, 1st Lt. Edward Nielon, 1st Lt. William Derevlany, Lt. Col. J. D.
Capt. Leroy Youtzy, 1st Lt. Harry McAvoy, 1st Lt. Donald Young, 2nd Lt. Robert Bellison
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