|Minogue, John W. (691st)|
|People - Honorees|
John W. Minogue
Biography: John W. Minogue was born on February 16, 1917 in Fair Haven, Vermont. He was the eldest son of eight children born into a proud Irish-Catholic family of Michael Minogue and Mary Bonville. He attended local schools in Fair Haven.
In 1860, when John's grandfather was only four, his family emigrated from Ireland to New York. The family settled in Poultney, VT and worked in the local slate quarries for many years. John's father Michael would later own a successful saloon and inn that was tragically destroyed by a fire in 1918. When John's father died in 1930, the family moved from Fair Haven, VT to Narragansett, Rhode Island. John resettled to Washington DC in 1941 to work in real estate and attended Ben Franklin University, receiving a degree in Accounting.
Service Time: John joined the Army on December 30, 1942 and entered into active service on January 6, 1943 at Fort Myer, Virginia. He was assigned to Company C of the 691st Tank Destroyer battalion and received special training, at Camp Hood, Texas as a radio technician in 1943 and radio repair in 1944. On December 27, 1943, while on leave from the unit, he married his sweetheart, Frances.
The 691st landed in France, late in August of 1944, equipped with towed 3 inch guns. They first saw action in Lorraine and then proceeded to the Ardennes. They moved south to the Saar region of Germany in March and April and converted to M36s before moving across Germany to Limbach. The unit would receive credit for campaigns in Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. John received credit for each of the campaigns and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Medal, EAME Medal and WWII Victory Medal. He was discharged from the service on December 22, 1945 at Fort Meade, Maryland at the rank of Technician 4th Grade.
In addition to John, younger siblings Charles, Frank and Katherine all served in the Army during WWII.
A photo of John and Frances, sometime in 1943.
An early shot of John on left, at what may be Camp Hood, TX. Another taken possibly at Camp Claiborne, LA on right. Both shots are probably from 1943.
Two shots of John taken in 1944 or 1945 while in Europe.
After the war, John worked as an Accountant and also an Office Manager while his family grew to include five sons, Michael born in 1946, Patrick born in 1950, John Jr. born in 1951, Matthew born in 1954 and Jeffrey born in 1961. The family would reside in Washington D.C. In his spare time, John enjoyed numismatics (coin collecting) and playing golf. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion in Wheaton, MD.
The photo on left is John at his desk around 1950. The right shot is from about 15 years later in 1965. John passed away on April 30, 1990 and was laid to rest in St. Mary's Cemetery in Fair Haven, Vermont. I want to thank John's son Michael for providing the information and photos of his dad.
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