Sgt. Kirkpatrick, Captured in 1943, Returns to Duty

Johnstown, Pennsylvania, June 1944

Sgt. John F. Kirkpatrick Jr., reported captured on Mar. 28, 1943, in the North African area, has returned to active duty with the American troops overseas, according to a War Department message received last night by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John F. Kirkpatrick of 322 Lincoln St.

“Am pleased to inform you that your son, Sgt. John F. Kirkpatrick Jr., returned to duty June 21 [1944],” the telegram stated. “Undoubtedly he will communicate with you at an early date concerning his welfare and whereabouts.”

The family had been informed in May, 1943, that he was missing and a short time later that he was a prisoner. The solder left Catholic High School in his senior year to enlist in the Army in September, 1940, and was sent overseas in October, 1942.