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(photo courtesy of Mike Huffstetler
GASTONIA -- John Danzey Kersh, Sr., 92, died November 8, 2010. Service Wednesday 2pm, Gaston Memorial Park; visitation after the service. McLean Funeral Directors entrusted.

(The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, NC, 20 Nov 2010 - courtesy of Tedd Cocker)
Grave marker for John D. Kersh in the Gaston Memorial Park, Gastonia (Gaston County). North Carolina.

John enlisted in the Army on January 29, 1942 and after volunteering for parachutist duty was assigned to the 507th PIR.

Following the completion of jump school he was one of a number of men from that unit transferred to the fledgling 508th PIR as a cadre member.  He was assigned to Service Company, probably as a Rigger.

He participated in the jump into Normandy on D-Day, 6 June 1944.

SSgt Kersh's service decorations include the Bronze Service arrowhead for his participation in Normandy assault and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.


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