Coast guard

Mess Attendant 2c John Wahab

  • Branch: Coast Guard
  • Hometown/City: , NC
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  • Conflict: WWII
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  • John Wahab Jr. was born on January 10, 1925 to Rosa and John Wahab. He had 4 other siblings: Edgar Stanley, Willie Wahab, Rosa Wahab, Lonnie Wahab, and Obie Wahab. John was the third of 5 children born to his parents.

    John enlisted in the Coast Guard during the Second World War. He died at age 18, while serving on the USS Muskeget WAG -48. This American Cutter ship was torpedoed by U-755: a German war ship’s crew commanded by Kapitanleutnant Walter Going. Muskeget was lost at sea on or about 9 September 1942.

    John Wahab Jr. was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously along with many other awards. There is a monument to John and other WW2 heroes in Battery Park, New York City.

    My mother often told the story of my great uncle to my siblings and I as we were growing up. All of us are very proud of my uncle. He did not get to marry or have children of his own; therefore, it was an honor to have been given his flag, certificates and medals to display and pass on to my son one day.

    Teresa Smith, Niece