John Arnold Every, Sr, was born the third child to Florence Boyes Every. In 1949 at the age of 18, he joined the US Air Force after graduating from high school. At the time he was engaged to be married to his wife, Eleanor Grey.
John served honorably for 23 years and he rose to the rank of Master Sergeant. He served overseas in many areas including Aleutian Islands, Germany, Panama Canal Zone, and Vietnam where he received a Purple Heart for an injury. His stateside service areas include Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, and Wyoming. John and his wife had children along the way in many of the locations including Germany, Pennsylvania, and New York.
John was a wonderful son, husband, father, and grandfather. His smile was precious and his curly black hair got him in trouble many times. He loved to play his ukelele and drink Cabalibras on the beach in Panama. Once he brought home a 12-week old ocelot and we spent the next two years training him. What fun!
While serving in Vietnam, he had a “Charge of Quarters” one hot night. While doing rounds he came upon a black panther out for a stroll. It became aggressive and the next thing he knew he had been treed by the young mother panther. He fell asleep in the tree waiting for the panther to leave. At the break of dawn, one of his fellow Airman startled him while trying to wake him and he fell 30 feet breaking his right arm and clavicle.
Following in my father’s footsteps, I too served in the military. This treasured picture shows my father pinning me during a rank advancement from Staff Sergeant to Second Lieutenant.
Article submitted by Donna M. Schmidt
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