Minnesota Discovery Center

John Edward Ponikvar, Jr.

conflict:World War II
branch:Air Force
serial number:
location:Europe and continental United States.
enlistment date:Oct. 1, 1942
place enlisted:Minneapolis, MN
discharge date:June 18, 1943
place discharged:
decorations: American Campaign Medal (1941-1946)
Army of Occupation Medal (1946-)
World War II Victory Medal (1941-1946)
history:Killed in plane crash on Mount Garret in Alaska. Inducted into the Army Air Corp on September 17, 1943 as an aviation cadet and discharged on June 29, 1945 to accept a commission as a First Lieutenant on June 30, 1945. Served as an aerial navigator with the occupation forces.
service documents:
references:(1) Hometown Heroes: The St. Louis County World War Two Project (2004?), p. 255; (2) Chisholm War History Committee Records. Iron Range Research Center, Chisholm, Minnesota.

Personal Information

date of birth:July 15, 1922
birth place:Chisholm, MN
home town:Chisholm, MN
date of death:Nov. 22, 1952
siblings:Veda Ponikvar Jennie Ponikvar Frances Ponikvar Mary Ponikvar

Last update: 10/05/2015