Pfc. John W. Holley, Jr., 20-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Holley of Sadler, was killed in line of duty on Guam July 21 , according to a government message received by his parents.
Pfc. Holley, who was born March 17, 1924, in Sadler, volunteered for Marine duty in August, 1942, through the Whitesboro Selective Service Board. He received his training at Camp Elliott, San Diego, Calif., and Oceanside, Calif. He had been overseas since October, 1943.
He is survived by his parents; four sisters, Misses Anna Bell, Mary Ellen and Wanda of Sadler and Mrs. Violet Fowler, Route 3, Sherman; and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Holley of Tioga.
A letter to the parents from Lt. General A. A. Vandegrift, Commandant of the Marine Corps, commended young Holley for his splendid record in the service. Details of the manner of his death and the location where death occurred are being temporarily withheld to prevent possible aid to the enemy.
Pfc. Holley is a descendant of a long line of fighting Americans, all of whom were volunteers. His father, J. W. Holley, Sr., was a member of the Coast Guard in World War I, and his uncle, R. L. Holley was in the Navy. A great-uncle fought in the Philippine War, and a grandfather fought in the Spanish-American War. His two great-grandfathers were Civil War veterans.
Another uncle, O. E. Holley of Whitesboro served briefly in World War II but was issued an honorable discharge in July.