John Wayne Dermody enlisted in the Army in November of 1942. He was a member of the 27th Infantry Division, based out of San Francisco, California. He served in World War II in the Western Pacific and then Central Pacific and finally Ryukus from December 1942 to October 1945. He was a Medical technician for 24 months. His duties were described as such: he “gave Emergency treatment to casualties and prepared them for evacuation. Cleaned and bandaged injuries and wounds. Applied arm and leg splints and administered injections.” John finished the last six months of his deployment as Military police.
On June 28, 1944, in Saipan, John was wounded, for which he was awarded a Purple Heart. According to those who knew him, he never talked about the award, except to say, “Any of the guys would have done the same.” He also received the Good Conduct medal and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign medal. He was honorably discharged from the Army on October 17, 1945.
We honor you, John Wayne Dermody.