Sgt. John J. Janton         


Mil# 31042791

Enlisted: 24 March 1941 Hartford, CT

 C-Company 643rd TD BN.








Born: 16 April 1919    Place: Rockville, CT

Died:  2 March 1945     Place: Kapellen/ Hemmerden, Germany


Date of Temporary Burial: 5 March 1945   at: American Military Cemetery Margraten, The Netherlands

Location: Plot: T  Row: 5  Grave: 105

Date of final Burial: November 1948   at: Saint Bernardīs Cemetery, Rockville, CT



Father:  Francis "Frank" Janton   Mother:  Julia Janton (Kulo)

Adoption parents: Joseph and Victoria Janton (Lemek)

Brother:  Edward




Purple Heart 









2 March 1945

2nd platoon of C-Company was ambushed near Kapellen/Hemmerden, Germany.

Losing most of their equipment and 38 men killed, wounded or missing. John got killed in Action.


Several Soldiers of C-Comp 643rd TD BN  took shelter in the factory to the left of the burning vehicles in the picture. There were also German civilians and

soldiers in the basement of the factory. The C-Company medics had some medical supplies that they shared with the Germans and our men were sure the Germans

would have killed them if they hadn't shared the medicine with the Germans. There was a very near neighboring village called Hemmerden and the Battalion

history says the action took place at kapellen.