John P. Sherman of East Bridgewater, formerly of Framingham MA died April 13, 2017 at the Sachem Center for Health Care at the age 97 years young. John was born the son of Minister John L. Sherman and Helen (Barrett) Sherman in Bar Harbor, ME. Soon after his birth, the family moved to East Charlotte, VT and shortly thereafter, moved to Perkinsville, VT, where he attended elementary school in a one room schoolhouse with his younger brother, Paul and his two sisters, Elodie and Elaine. John continued his early education after the family moved to Cheshire, MA. John graduated from high school in 1938.
At age 17, John began his long military career when he joined the Civilian Military Training Camps and spent his next four summers, training at Fort Devins, MA and Ft. Ethan Allen, VT. John received his 2nd lieutenant commission from the US Army in 1940. After attending North Adams State Teachers College for three years, John was called on to serve his country and was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division, 7th Regiment. John spent most of his war years from 1942 to 1945 in the South Pacific leading a platoon of 36 men against the formidable Japanese Army. John received many medals and commendations for his heroic actions in battle including: the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star with “V” for Valor, the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal with Bronze Arrowhead as well as the American Service Medal. After V-J Day, John served as a liaison officer in Yokohama, Japan and eventually returned home at the end of 1945. After being promoted to 1st Lieutenant, John remained committed to serving his country and continued to rise in the ranks while in the Army Reserve Corps, eventually attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
John continued his educational and earned a Master’s Degree in History from Columbia University and was additionally awarded the Conspicuous Service Award by the State of New York. John eventually moved to Framingham, MA and taught High School in Newton MA for 31 years. John met his love Alma on the dance floor of the Moseley Ballroom on the Charles River and married Alma Swift in November of 1956. John, the beloved husband of the late Alma (Swift) Sherman is survived by their three children; Deborah J. Fruik and her husband Russ of CA, John C. Sherman and his wife Mary of PA and Robert D. Sherman and his wife Kristina of MA. John is also survived by his three grandsons; Kevin, Zackery and Timothy as well as many nieces and nephews. John will always be remembered as one of those standout examples of the “Greatest Generation”. All that knew him will always be immensely proud to have been part of his legacy.
Relatives and friends are invited to join the Graveside Service in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne on Monday April 24th at 1:30pm.
There are no funeral home calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at support.woundedwarriorproject.org.