World War II Memorial
Woodrow W. Johns

Woodrow W. Johns

Woodrow Johns (left) with his brothers Edward and Albert

Colleen (Johns) Mistretta: "Woodrow Wilson Johns, is my father. He was killed in the battle of Okinawa, May 12, 1945, just about one month before V-E Day. Okinawa was one of the bloodiest battles of the war, similar to Iwo Jima. My dad was 28 when he died. He lived on East Avenue in Larchmont most of his life with his parents, Albert & Beatrice Johns, and his two brothers and two sisters. He married Olga Munter from Mamaroneck, and I am their one child. He worked at Merrill's Hardware for a while and then at Douglas aircraft in Pennsylvania after the war began. He was fun-loving and friendly to everyone, I am told. Had a great sense of humor. I never knew him, as I was 2 when he was killed, but he was loved so much and respected by everyone who knew him."

Susan Sanders: "He joined the Marines in 1943. He worked at both Curtis Aircraft and Chance-Vought prior to his enlistment in inspections and quality control of military aircraft, inc. the Corsair. He may have attended both Mamaroneck High School, you may want to check on this. His name is also on a monument somewhere across from Mamaroneck High School. (editor's Note -This is the Kemper Memorial.) He originally entered the Marines to work with aircraft, but became ill while at Parris Island. During the week he was ill, his unit was sent out. Upon his recovery he was transferred to a new unit, then sent to Okinawa. He received the Bronze Star posthumously."