Minnesota Discovery Center

John Emil Maki, None

conflict:World War II
branch:Air Force
serial number:
location:585th Bombardment Squadron, 394th Bombardment Group.
enlistment date:Jan. 22, 1943
place enlisted:Fort Snelling, MN
discharge date:May 21, 1945
place discharged:Fort Snelling, MN
decorations: Air Medal (1942-)
Bronze Star Medal (1941-)
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (1941-1946)
Oak Leaf Cluster (U. S. Armed Forces)
Overseas Service Bar(s)
Purple Heart (1932-)
World War II Victory Medal (1941-1946)
history:Inducted into the Army Air Corps, January 22,1943; served as aircraft top turret gunner and mechanic on B-26 aircraft; flew 65 combat missions before being wounded by anti-aircraft fire (September 1944); involved in the air offensive over northern France and Normandy campaigns; in February 1945, assigned as gunnery instructor in Laredo, Texas, until he was discharged on May 21, 1945.
service documents:

Personal Information

date of birth:Sept. 26, 1921
birth place:Britt, MN
home town:Virginia, MN
date of death:Sept. 13, 2010
father:Anton "Andrew" Maki
mother:Aina Elisabeth (nee Leppinen) Maki
siblings:Tauno Olavi (1911-1978); Toivo Matthew (1914-1968); Eino Anton (1916-1999); Ina Elenor (1917-2006) (Smedberg, Niemi); Waino N. (1919-1930); Helve Adolfeina (1923-1925); Impie Marie (1925-) (Luukkonen); Esther Susanna (1926-) (Heinonen); Lila Kyllilkki (1930-1997) (Luukkonen).
school:Virginia High School

Last update: 1/23/2017