John Richard Seefeldt

My great grandfather "Jack"

Where he was born

He was born in Alden IL. On the 25th of February, 1920.

What was happening in the 1940s

The first issue of Captain America came out, Benjamin O. Davis, Jr becomes the first African-American General in the United States Army, and Hattie McDaniel Becomes the first African-American Actor to win an Academy Award. Selective Training and Service Act was signed into law as first peacetime military draft in the United States History. Franklin D, Rosevelt wins the election and becomes the United States' first third-term president. An annular Solar Eclipse is observed in the United States. The Narrows Suspension Bridge Collapses on November 7th at Tacoma Washington. Armistice Day Blizzard kills 154 in the Midwest. Race Riots in Chicago, Harlem, Los Angeles and Detroit. The Life Magazine costs 10 cents. Nylon Stockings go on sale. The Mt. Rushmore Sculpture is completed. The G.I. bill is signed by President Rosevelt, providing financial aid to World War II veterans. In the U.S. the draft date is lowered from 21 to 18. The Pentagon Building is completed. The U.S. drops 2 atomic bombs on Japan, bringing the Pacific side of the war to an end. President Rosevelt is elected to a fourth term in the United States, becoming the only person only to do so. Popular Musician and band leader Glenn Miller is reported missing while on his way to perform for troops in Paris, France.

What happened after Jack got out of the Army in 1945

One thing that is a little bit funny is that General Patton was killed in a major car crash 12 days after Jack got out of the army.

His first language growing up

The first language Jack learned in his home was German. This is what made him desirable as a spy for the U.S. army during World War II; he spoke perfect unaccented German.

What his Nickname was

The people usually knew him as "Jack" because that was what the nicknames back in the 1900s were like. I also even have another ancestor named Elizabeth nicknamed "Betty, or Bettie."

What he did in World War 2

Jack served as a Tech 5 (Corporal) in General Patton's 4th Calvary Division. He was injured at the Siege of Bastogne, earning him a Purple Heart. He was also with General Patton when he saved the world famous Lipizzaner horses in Czechoslovakia, before the Russian's came through.
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