John M. Driggers

Army Badge
  • Name: John M. Driggers
  • Location of Birth: Dillon, South Carolina
  • Date of Birth: January 12, 1940
  • Date of Death: November 25, 2012 (72 years old)
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  • High School and Class: attended school in Maxton, North Carolina
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  • Highest Rank: CSM (Command Sergeant Major)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: 1958
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  • Date of Discharge: 1988
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  • Military Awards:
    Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
    Bronze Star
    Meritorious Service Medal with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster
    Legion of Merit with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Military Highlights:
    John entered the United States Army in October of 1958, retiring in October, 1988. He served tours in Korea, Vietnam, Okinawa, and Germany.

    John retired as a Command Sergeant Major.

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  • Civilian Life:
    On July 3, 1982, John married Candace "Candy" Fay Clark in St. Paul, Minnesota.

    They moved to northern Minnesota in 1995 where they attended the Balsam Bible Chapel.

    John drove school bus for Independent School District 318 for 17 years.

    He was loved by so many people because he was a truly caring and honorable man. Perhaps a fitting tribute was written by his nephew to John's children: "I am so glad you can be proud of the life your Dad led. I like to reserve the title "Great American" for those of his stature. God bless you 'Sir'".

    John was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Ray; and his sister, Eunice (John Hugh) Warwick.

    John is survived by his wife, Candace; daughter, Rachel (Jesse) Stover; sons, Clinton (Joyce) and Vincent (Gretchen) Waide; sisters, Betty Lou (Laurin J.) Young and Frances (Boyce) Coble; brothers, Gene (Margaret) and Ricky (Dawn); and four granddaughters. He was greatly loved by his brothers and sisters-in-law.

    John died at his home and a memorial service with full military honors was held in the Balsam Bible Chapel.

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