JOHN W. TOKARZ was born Jan. 12, 1918 in Jefferson, MA.  He enlisted in the Army Air Corps Nov. 12, 1940.  John was assigned to the 16th Bomb Sdn., 27th Bomb Group at Savannah Air Base, GA.  There he was a crew chief who served as an aerial gunner.  Sent to the Philippine Islands, John wounded at Bataan and received the Purple Heart. 
A prisoner of war for 42 months in Japan, John worked in the coal mine.
After the war John was discharged at Ft. Dix, NJ on July 8, 1946 as a tech sergeant. 
Currently (at time of the article) John is retired and residing in Massachusetts.  He is a member of DAV and enjoys taking walks and listening to music for relaxation. 
Married to wife, Stella, they have a son, Kenneth, a daughter, Cynthia and one grandchild.

John is a life member of Disabled American Veterans also life member of American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor. 

             Note: John passed away in 1992


Credit: History of the Defenders of the Philippines Guam and Wake Islands 1941-1945 Turner Publishing Co



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