John Brandt Latimer
First Lieutenant, United States Army
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John Brandt Latimer was born on August 13, 1926, in Washington, D. C., the youngest child of Roberts Edwin and Idaq Jarboe Latimer.
His boyhood was spent in Washington and in
nearby Montgomery County, Maryland. He was always a very friendly, sociable
person and a great favorite with young and old
John obtained his preliminary schooling in Washington and was graduated from Calvin Coolidge High School with honors. Having decided to follow his cousin, the late Major William J. Latimer, in a military career, he prepared for West Point at the Bullis School. He received his appointment and entered the Point in 1945.
After graduation from West Point he enjoyed a good rest at home, visiting his many friends, and taking an air trip to Mexico. John was then assigned to Army Schools at Fort Riley, Kansas, Fort Bliss, Texas, and then to Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In July 1950 he was assigned to duty with the 867th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion at Elmendorf Air. Base, Fort Richardson, Alaska. We are so thankful that a year later, in July 1951, he was given leave and was able to come home for ten days.
The many kind and sympathetic letters received
by his family from John's Army friends have been a great consolation.
John was buried with full military honors in
Arlington National Cemetery on September 5, 1951.