John Van Horn

1st Lt. John H Van Horn Sr was assigned to the 459th BG 758th Squadron. He was from Pt Pleasant Beach NJ
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Pilot.

1st Lt. John H. Van Horn AGE: 96 • Point Pleasant Beach John H. Van Horn, a longtime resident of Point Pleasant Beach, has passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at the age of 96. John and his late wife of over 60 years, Elizabeth "Betty" Stines, were both born in Point Pleasant Beach and resided there most of their adult lives. John spent his childhood in "West" Point Pleasant and graduated from Point Pleasant Beach High School in 1934. John was a true member of the "Greatest Generation", living through very hard times in The Depression, working to help support himself and his family from the age of 10, earning his civilian pilots license through the Civilian Pilot Training Program prior to World War II, and serving as a bomber pilot in the Army Air Force. His military service took him to Italy where he distinguished himself by flying 50 missions over European targets, including being in combat in the air on D-day in 1944. He returned from combat and was a flight instructor stationed in Savannah, GA to the end of hostilities. In civilian life, John worked for Dale Yacht Basin reaching the position of Vice President before the operation's four locations were sold in 1958. He then took a position as Chief Residential Appraiser with Ocean Federal Savings and Loan, now OceanFirst Bank. John was very involved with the Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church, serving as a Deacon, Trustee, Elder and on numerous building committees. He served on the board of the Point Pleasant Beach Library for many years where his main mission was maintaining the building and grounds. In his retirement years, John spent endless hours in his shop on various projects and "straightening up". He was also known for his backyard garden with its 12 foot high tomato plants. He and Betty were constant companions and traveled extensively around the country. John also spent much time studying national and international monetary policies, particularly those of his favorite president, Franklin Roosevelt.
John Van Horn ( in khaki military uniform )459th BGA Member # 321 at the 459th BGA Wreath Presentation - WW II Memorial, Washington, DC September,2004. - 459th BG, Army Air Corps Library and Museum

John Van Horn ( in khaki military uniform )459th BGA Member # 321 at the 459th BGA Wreath Presentation - WW II Memorial, Washington, DC September,2004.

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Rank Order Date Award
Ribbon
Device

1LT

 

ROS

2nd Lt

182

04/08/1944

AM
Air Medal (AM)

SGT

401

05/10/1944

AM
Air Medal (AM)

2nd Lt

500

05/17/1944

AM/OLC
Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

2LT

500

05/17/1944

AM/1OLC
Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

2nd Lt

502

05/17/1944

AM/2OLC
Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

1st Lt

919

06/08/1944

AM/3OLC
Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

1LT

1757

07/10/1944

AM/4OLC
Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

1st Lt

2541

08/10/1944

AM/5OLC
Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

12/01/1943 December Roster


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