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A Soldier's Story: Sergeant John Thomas Boxler

 


Sergeant John Thomas Boxler was born on May 11, 1946, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He attended Richland High School and ran cross country and track for the school. Sergeant John Boxler enlisted in the US Army following his 1964 graduation.

He trained as a mechanic and deployed twice to Vietnam with the 458th Engineer Battalion. Sergeant Boxler remained with the Army National Guard following his final deployment.

After his Vietnam deployments, Sergeant John Boxler worked for the US Postal Service as a vehicle mechanic and volunteered for the Westmont Fire Department.  

In 1990, Sergeant John T. Boxler would deploy to Saudi Arabia with the 14th Quartermaster for Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield. Unfortunately, on February 25, 1991, he would be killed when a SCUD missile struck his barracks.  

Sergeant John T. Boxler rests at the Richland Cemetery in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The US Postal Service has also erected a monument in his honor at 11 Franklin St, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

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