Whenwas attacked on December 7, 1941, John was still a patient recovering from his surgery at the Naval Hospital. He and the rest of the patients and staff witnessed the ensuing attack. Soon, casualties began to pour into the hospital, which was located nearby at Hospital Point. Some patients grabbed their clothes and went to their duty stations. Since his operation required a bone graft of his right leg to his left arm, John was confined to a wheelchair and unable to walk. There was nothing he could do but watch the events unfold before his eyes. He even witnessed the beaching of the USS Nevada (BB-38) near the hospital.
A few weeks following the attack John was evacuated to theNaval Hospital for the remainder of his rehabilitation. He was finally discharged from the hospital at the end of March 1942.
John was a Aviation Machinist's Mate. He was soon attached to a Composite sighter Squadron stationed at naval bases inand . For the remainder of the war, John would see no further combat action. It was fine for him, he had seen enough on that first day of the war.
John continued in the Navy after the war. In late 1948 through the middle of 1949, he participated in ground crew operations for the Berlin Airlift Campaign. In addition to the, two American naval squadrons, including John's was sent to Rhein-Main Air Base in .
In 1957, John retired after serving nearly twenty-two years in the Navy. John started volunteering for the National Park Service at thein 1983. A widower, John remarried in 2002, and brought his lovely bride, Sarah Louise Bowers Haverty to the for a visit. Louise joined the volunteer family shortly thereafter. The National Park Service is pleased to have John and Louise Haverty volunteer here.