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  GASKINS, John Louis

Rank:

Captain

 

 

 

 

Service Branch:

U.S. Army

Serial Number:

O-384173

Division:

90th Infantry Division

Regiment:

359th Infantry Regiment

Company:

 

Battalion:

Second

Function:

Executive Officer

Status:

Killed in Action in the Saarlautern Offensive

Date of death:

December 9, 1944

Place of death:

Germany

Age at death:

26

Awards:

Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart

Burial 1:

 

Burial 2:

Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial
Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle
Lorraine, France

Grave number:

Plot J Row 23 Grave 10

Cenotaph:


Born:

c. 1918-1919

Hometown:

Timmonsville, South Carolina

Family:

Parents:
L. Beaty Gaskins
Cora C. Gaskins

Spouse:
Margaret Galloway Gaskins

Children:


Siblings:
James C. Gaskins


Additional information:

Before going off to college in the Fall of 1935, John resided with his parents in the Lake Swamp section, near Lamar, Darlington County, South Carolina. In 1940 he was single, living as a lodger in Latta, Dillon County and teaching in the public schools. He had completed four years of college, graduating from Clemson College, Class of 1939. He continued to teach in Latta schools prior to entering service on February 18, 1942. After training at Camp Dorn, MS, and completing the Officer’s Advanced Course at Fort Benning, John attained the rank of Captain. He departed for overseas duty in April of 1944. Prior to departure, Captain Gaskins married Miss Margaret Galloway of Timmonsville; they had no children.
NOTE:
When Capt. Gaskins died, Pvt. James C. Gaskins, his brother, was serving with the Fifth Army in Italy.

 


Research by: Victoria Proctor, genealogist

Sources: Dillon County War Memorial, NARA World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing (1946), American Battle Monuments Commission, 1940 Federal Census, The State December 28, 1944 issue (obit), Clemson University

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