John Samuel Bass

Army Badge
  • Name: John Samuel Bass
  • Location of Birth: Hopewell, Virginia
  • Date of Birth: July 4, 1917
  • Date of Death: December 31, 1992
  • Parents: Sam Bass & Julia (Sanders) Bass
  • High School and Class: 1934 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College: Itasca Junior College, Coleraine, Minnesota
    Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Highest Rank: 1st LT (1st Lieutenant)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: November 28, 1942
  • Place Sworn In:
  • Date of Discharge: September 3, 1946
  • Place of Discharge:
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: John Samuel Bass
    Race: White
    Age: 23
    Birth Date: July 4, 1917
    Birth Place: Hopewell, VA
    Residence Place: Bovey, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: October 16, 1940
    Employer: Balkan Mining Co., Bovey, Itasca, Minnesota
    Weight: 180
    Height: 6-3
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: Mrs. Albert Christ, Aunt

    Newspaper article - Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota - February 5, 1943 - Letter dated January 25, 1943 - "Dear Friends: Received your most thoughtful presents and diary in excellent condition and wish to thank you for your kindness. It means so much to us, who are away from home, to be remembered, especially at Christmas time. It is doubly appreciated by us who are in a climate with little to remind us of the season, as we know it, with snow, trees, cold, etc. Some of us were being moved, and it took a few weeks for our mail to catch us, but it made the gifts none the less appreciated. Thanking you all, I am, Sincerely yours, Private John Bass."

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II
    Korean War

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  • Civilian Life:
    John Bass grew up in the Lawrence Lake area of Itasca County, Minnesota during the depression. He was active in baseball, basketball and football, and was the catcher for the Lawrence Lake baseball team. As a 1st Lieutenant, John was assigned to the Army Corps of Engineers. He became active in the Coast Guard Auxiliary and used his boat to assist the Coast Guard on Search and Rescue. He also taught boating safety in the classroom.

    John Bass died in Riverside County, California. He is survived by wife, Rosemarie; sons, Timothy John, Rand Matthew, and James Robert Coffman; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother David O. Bass; two sisters, Rebecca Lowicki & Lorrayne Austin; and step-father Matthew Chrape.

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