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Connell, John M. "Mickey" 1928 - 1952

CONNELL, GALLAGHER, PERSHO, MEGONIGLE

Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 2/24/2013 at 16:27:12

Cedar Rapids Gazette, Fri., 16 May 1952.

John Connell Is Killed In Korean War.

Marquette - Cpl. John M. "Mickey" Connell, 23, has been reported killed in action in Korea.

According to word received here by his aunts, Miss Faye Connell and Mrs. Bernadette Persho, with whom he made his home for 14 years. Cpl. Connell was killed May 3 while serving with the 51st signal battalion.

Just two days before his death was reported, his aunts had received a letter from him saying that he expected to leave Korea soon and hoped to be home sometime during the summer. He said he wanted to play baseball with the Twin Cities team in a game or two while on furlough.

Born Sept. 5, 1928, in Marquette, Cpl. Connell was graduated from Marquette high school in 1948 and entered the army in February, 1951, following two years employment by the Milwaukee railroad.

After four months training at Fort Campbell, Ky., he went to Japan where he spent 14 weeks. Since then he served in Korea.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Gallagher of Dubuque; two brothers, Kenneth, of Marquette and Robert, of Dubuque, and two sisters, Mrs. Paul Megonigle and Helen, both of Dubuque.

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