In Memory of
John Wells Cole
Gary, South Dakota
October 24, 1922 -- January 1, 1944
Died in an Accident in Salt Lake City, Utah
John Wells Cole was born on October
24, 1922 in Gary, South Dakota, to Wells and Bertha Cole. He had one brother,
Clinton. John spent most of his youth in Gary. He attended Gary High School
and was involved in the Orchestra for four years. He was also involved in
athletics, 4-H and was the president of the student body. He was known to be
studious, quiet, respectful and well-liked.
He graduated from Gary High School in
1940. He then attended college at South Dakota State University at Brookings,
SD for two years. He then went to radio school in Aberdeen, SD as part of the
U.S. Army in inactive service.
Pvt. Cole enlisted into the active
military at Ft. Snelling, MN on March 18, 1943. He served as a member of the
first signal training battalion at Camp Kohler, California before being
transferred to advanced training at the University of Utah. Shortly before his
death, Pvt. Cole had been named as one of the top students in his class.
Pvt. Cole was struck by a car driven
by a civilian near the field house barracks in St. Lake City, Utah. He died
about six hours after the accident. Pvt. Cole was returned to Gary, SD for
burial at the Grandview Cemetery.
This entry was
respectfully submitted by Leah R. Moyer, 11th grade, Deuel High
School, Clear Lake, SD, April 30, 2002. Information for this entry was provided
by Mrs. Phyllis Cole, Mankato, Minnesota, sister-in-law of Army Pvt. John Wells