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First Name: John

Last Name: Megown

Birthplace: USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: MO
Middle Name: N.

Date of Birth:

Date of Death: 25 May 1944

Rank: Private First Class

Years Served:
John N. Megown, Jr.

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


John N. Megown, Jr.
Private First Class, U.S. Army

On 24-25 May 1944, Private First Class John N. Megown, Jr. was serving with Company A, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Seventh U.S. Army.

On that day, PFC Megown’s unit was in action against German forces while breaking out of the Anzio, Italy, beachhead in Operation Diadem. PFC Megown’s courageous actions and extraordinary heroism that day earned him, at the cost of his life, the U.S. Army's second highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross.

Medals, Awards and Badges

Distinguished Service Cross
Purple Heart
Army Good Conduct Medal
American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Arrowhead Pin and Silver Star
World War II Victory Medal
Croix de Guerre with Palm (France)
Presidential Unit Citation
Combat Infantryman Badge

Distinguished Service Cross Citation (Synopsis)

Private First Class John N. Megown, Jr. (ASN: 19018555), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company A, 7th Infantry Regiment, in action against enemy forces on 24 and 25 May 1944. Private First Class Megown's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Headquarters, Seventh U.S. Army, General Orders No. 105 (1944)


Private First Class John N. Megown, Jr. is buried at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial in Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy in Plot C, Row 11, Grave 6.


Honoree ID: 205402   Created by: MHOH




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