Salazar, John R, Cox

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1944-1945, COX-0000, USS Topeka (CL-67)
Service Years
1942 - 1945

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Home Town
San Antonio, TX
Last Address
San Antonio, TX

Date of Passing
Sep 22, 2012
Location of Interment
San Fernando Cemetery - San Antonio, Texas
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Not Specified

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Reserve Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1942-1944, COX-0000, USS Monaghan (DD-354)
  1944-1945, COX-0000, USS Topeka (CL-67)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1943-1943 Aleutians Islands Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of the Komandorski Islands
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Eniwetok Atoll (Operation Catchpole)
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Roi-Namur Island
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Nov 16, 1942, Promoted to S2c
  Apr 01, 1943, Promoted to S1c
  Mar 01, 1944, Promoted to COX
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Last Known Activity
John R. Salazar also known as Juan Salazar and Johnny to his friends at work passedaway Saturday morning Sept. 22, 2012 at the age of 88.

John was born in San Antonio,Texas on June 24, 1924. He died of congestive heart failure after a long,happyand productive life as a much loved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather with his family by his side.

John was from a large family with many brothers who served their country during World War II. Johnny went to school at Fox Tech High School, but when his country called, John enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served proudly in the Pacific theater during World War II. Upon discharge John learned that his ship the USS Monaghan sank after a hit by a typhoon losing all but 6 sailors. He kept his shipmates in his thoughts all his life.

When he returned he married his childhood sweetheart Gloria Elvira Tamez. After serving this great country, John spent 30 years working at Kelly Air Force Base as a master welder, with a long list of awards for the quality of his work. He won the Bronze Zero Defects Award in 1966, the Silver Zero Defects in 1997, the Special Achievement award from the Dept. of the Air Force in 1977 and many other recognitions. He worked on many special projects for the U.S. Air Force including teaching welding at Palo Alto Community College; he saved our country thousands of dollars with his innovative solutions, brilliant mind and masterful hands.

There was no challenge that he could not master. We were very proud of him when he went back to school and graduated with his GED in 1970. After John retired in 1983, he went on to live thirty more wonderful years with his wife and helped care for all his grandchildren. He relished getting them off to school and teaching them with love. He and Gloria were married for 62 years.
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