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Stirling, John T.

John T. Sterling U.S. Marine Corps WWII
John T. Sterling U.S. Marine Corps WWII

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Date of Birth: 8/3/1919
Died On: March 27, 2010
Street Address: 369 Willett Avenue
Service Number: 278055
Branch of Service: U.S. Marine Corps - Light Antiaircraft Group, Twelfth Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion´┐Ż

Veteran Code: USMC-62

John T. Stirling

John ''Scotty'' Thompson Stirling was born on August 3, 1920, in Stornoway, Ross-shire, Scotland, his father, John, was 29 and his mother, Rachel, was 23. Scotty moved to America at age six and attended high school in Port Chester, N.Y.. Locally, his family lived at 369 Willett Avenue.

Scotty enlisted December 1, 1939 and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He served as a Gunnery Sergeant with the 12th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion. View Muster Rolls

The 12th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion (12th AAA Bn) was a United States Marine Corps antiaircraft unit that served during World War II. Formed in 1942 as the 12th Defense Battalion, its original mission was providing air and coastal defense for advanced naval bases. During the war the battalion defended the Russell Islands and took part in combat operations at Woodlark Island, Cape Gloucester, and Peleliu. The battalion remained on Peleliu for the duration of the war and was finally decommissioned on Guam on 22 September 1945.

Scotty served over 3 years overseas and was honorably discharged on December 6, 1945. View Discharge Record

Scotty married Vivian Erickson in Hartford, Conn., in 1945; they settled in northern California in 1947. They would have three daughters during their marriage.

Scotty worked as a controller for Colgate Palmolive for 20 years, and as an advertising chief executive for 30.

John ''Scotty'' Stirling went to heaven on Saturday, March 27, 2010, in Roseville, Calif., surrounded by his loving family. He was 89.

At the time of his death, he was survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Vivian, his sister Helen Boak, brothers Gordon and Archie Stirling, and daughters Carole Jones (Mike), Linda Branning, and Leslie Phillips (John). He will also be dearly missed by his eight grandchildren, his five great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

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