John D. Massman

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John D. Massman

John was born in Seattle on Nov. 19, 1919. He enlisted into the Coast Guard just after Dec. 7, 1941. On Feb. 18, 1943 he rescued 5 firemen from the Frye packing house fire and received the Army-Marine Corps commendation medal for heroism. He again proved the hero while commanding a FS vessel during the battle for the Philippines.

He returned home to meet and marry Shirley Haney in a romance that lasted a happy 67 years.

John passed away peacefully on March 17, 2013. He is survived by his wife Shirley, children Joan and Deborah, along with several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Published in The Seattle Times from Mar. 22 to Mar. 25, 2013
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