(Date Unknown - December 10, 1944)
Johnny & Margaret Thon Files
Death of John P. Gladson in Naval Service, Confirmed in Message to Family Tuesday; Ship sunk in Dec.
Thon Book No. 4
Long months of anxiety over their son, Boatswain Mate 2/c John Preston Gladson, who was reported missing in a naval action last December 22nd came to a sorrowful end Tuesday, when Mr. and Mrs. James P. Gladson, the youth's parents, received word from Vice Admiral Randall Jacobs, confirming the sailor's death. The message follows:
April 24, 1945
Mr. and Mrs. James Preston Gladson
The Navy Department deeply regrets to inform you that a careful review of all facts available relating to the disappearance of your son John Preston Gladson, Boatswains Mate Second Class USNR, previously reported missing leads to the conclusion that there is no hope for his survival and that he lost his life as result of enemy action on 10 December 1944 while in the service of his country. If additional information is received it will be forwarded to you promptly. Sincere sympathy is extended to you in your great sorrow.
Vice Admiral Randall Jacobs,
Chief of Naval Personnel.
Young Gladson had been in service since early in January, 1942, was sent to the San Diego naval base for training until March that year, when he was transferred to New Orleans for advanced training. He was assigned to active sea service in July, 1942.
His first ship was the S.S. Virginia Dare, which, as one of a large convoy, was attacked by enemy planes and submarines in the summer of 1943. The Virginia Dare was under almost constant attack for eight days but finally made its destination. In the attack, the gun crew of the ship was credited with bringing down at least seven of the enemy planes, for which Gladson and other members of the crew were cited with letters of commendation.
Several letters from Gladson's officers, received by his family since he was reported missing, were high in praise of the man's ability and splendid service.
A brother, Virgil Wm., seaman second class, is said to be serving with the U.S. fleet somewhere in the Central Pacific.
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