PRIVATE JOHN P. MCGOVERN was born in Pennsylvania in 1921 to Dennis J. and Veronica Kenney McGovern. In 1930 the family lived at 2538 Coral Street in Philadelphia PA, where Dennis McGovern worked as a yard man for a coal company, he had worked previously as a boiler fitter in a shipyard. They later moved to Berlin Road, near Maple Avenue, in Lindenwold NJ. Besides John, there were three bothers, Joseph, James, and Dennis Jr., and three sisters, Margaret, Anna, and Veronica McGovern. John McGovern worked at a chain grocery store before enlisting in the United States Army on July 6, 1942, his father was by then working at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard in Camden NJ.
John McGovern was assigned to the 536th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion, and trained at Camp Stewart GA, prior to going overseas vi the New York Port of Embarkation on April 27, 1943. His unit served in North Africa, on Gozo Island and on Malta in the Mediterranean Sea, and on Sicily. On January 10, 1944 the 536th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion landed in Italy at Anzio.
Private John P. McGovern was killed in action on February 7, 1944. He was survived by his parents.
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