John S. Redden entered the United States Army in 1942, and served in North Africa, Sicily and Italy during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1945. He spent the next two years in the Army reserves, then re-enlisted in the Regular Army until being retired because of a physical disability in May of 1973, with the rank of
Sergeant First Class.
His tours of duty following World War II included Korea, Vietnam, Germany and Belgium.
His combined military service amounted to 25 years, 4 months.
His citations, besides those awarded for World War II service, include the National Defense Service Medal; the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm; the Vietnam Service Medal; the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with /Device 1960; Sharpshooter M-14 Rifle.)
Sergeant Redden died at Walter Reed Medical Center, Washington , D.C. on June
The son of the late John S. Sr. and Marie E. Redden, he was born in Chester, Pennsylvania, on July 7, 1920. He was predeceased by his adopted son, Patrick M. Redden, and two brothers, Edward J. and Harry J. Redden. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Claudine M. Redden, daughters Joyce M. Blizzard of Cordova,
Maryland, and Joan E. Cunningham of Monticello, Indiana, a sister, Sara Roy of Carmel, Indiana, brothers Bernard J. Redden of Holyoke, Massachusetts, and James Redden of Holmes, Pennsylvania; eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was interred at Arlington National Cemetery on November 14, 2001.
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