War or Conflict: World War II, 1939-1945

Dates of Service: 1942-1946

Branch of Service: Army Unit of Service 14th Infantry Regiment, 71st Infantry Division

Location of Service: Texas; Colorado; California; Georgia; Panama; France; Germany; Austria

Highest Rank: Captain

Service History Note:  The veteran arranged and set up dances, shows, supply and mail distribution, and other activities for GI’s in Europe.

Earle kept up a lengthy correspondence with his mother, grandmother and other members of his family. He was proud of operating 20 stores, 20 post offices, 12 night clubs, 6 movies, 13 orchestras, 5 gyms, 5 red cross clubs, 3 hotels, 1 ski school, 1 cable car, a bus line, a bank, and a newspaper when he was posted in Germany in 1945. Letters dated earlier than that already point to his native ability as an entrepreneur. He felt it was the Special Services Officer’s duty to please the G.I. more than the regimental commander.

We honor you, John Earle.

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