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In honor of Private First Class John Messinger, Marine Corps - Served in World War II Hometown: Palmerton, PA
(Submitted October 20, 2008 by Michael Messinger)

I'm proudly casting my vote this year in honor of my grandfather, PFC John Messinger.  "Pop-pop," as my brother and I called him, joined the Marine Corps and served as an anti-aircraft gunner on the USS Houston (CL-81) during World War Two.  The Houston was torpedoed by Japanese bombers and nearly sank in October of 1944.  He was forced to abandon ship.  A star athlete before the war, he became a teacher and coach after he returned.  Fiercely loyal, incredibly devoted, and filled with love. John was a role model to all of us.  He passed away in early 2000, but the memory of him, his service, and all we owe to him, lives on.


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