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John J. Rumford

Private First Class

 

1st Marine Division

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: January 3, 1944
Buried at: Plot F1864K
                         Beverly National Cemetery
                         Beverly NJ
Awards: Bronze Star, Purple Heart


CORPORAL JOHN J. RUMFORD was born on October 23, 1923 to Burroughs J. and Mary Rumford. His father was a veteran of World War I, having served in the United States Navy. Burroughs Rumford father passed away and his mother married U. Grant Carey of Clementon NJ at some point after the 1930 census. John Rumford, known to friends and family as Jack, grew up in Lindenwold NJ. He graduated from St. Lawrence Catholic School and was a member of the 1942 class Lower Camden County Regional High School.

John Rumford had enlisted in the United States Marine Corps two days after Pearl Harbor was attacked, on December 9, 1941. He trained at Camp Lejuene NC, and had last written home on May 15, 1942. In June of that year, he was award a high school diploma in absentia from Lower Camden County Regional High School. Private Rumford went overseas with the 1st Marine Division in the summer of 1942 and saw action at Guadalcanal. Two of his step-brothers, Howard and Orville Carey, were serving in the army at that time.

Corporal Rumford was killed in action on January 3, 1944 during the fighting at Cape Gloucester. His death was reported in the evening edition of the Camden Courier-Post on February 14, 1944. A Mass was said for him at St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church on Main Street in Lindenwold NJ on February 15, 1944. He was survived by his mother, Mrs. Mary Carey, his step-father, U. Grant Carey, of 81 Watson Boulevard, Clementon NJ, and several step-brothers and step-sisters.

After the war, John Rumford was brought home aboard the USAT Dalton Victory. He was buried at Beverly National Cemetery in Beverly NJ early in 1949.


Lower Camden County Regional High School
1942
Yearbook
Entry

Camden
Courier-Post

February 22, 1944

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Camden
Courier-Post

February 24, 1949

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