In Memory of
Army Pvt.
John Wells Cole
Gary, South Dakota
Deuel County
October 24, 1922 -- January 1, 1944
Died in an Accident in Salt Lake City, Utah

John Wells Cole

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 Cole.