John Waytow’s Photos

John Waytow was a native of Kittanning, Pennsylvania. He joined the Marine Corps in August, 1941, and for the early part of his career was assigned to the telephone exchange of MCB Quantico. In December, Waytow and his friend Frank Schnell were reassigned to Headquarters, First Separate Battalion (Reinforced) in Camp New River. He spent the year 1943 training in North Carolina and California before going overseas as a sergeant in charge of the field wiring section of First Battalion, 24th Marines.

Sergeant John Waytow was killed on June 16, 1944, during the battle of Saipan. He was initially buried in the Fourth Marine Division Cemetery, and later laid to rest in Gettysburg National Cemetery.

Photographs provided by Sergeant Waytow’s niece, Janice Hicks.




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