SOLDIER’S PROFILE
Curran,
John "Jack" F.

June 23, 1916 — December 12, 2000

Army

3118 Signal Service, D Company

Theater of Operation: European

SOLDIER DETAILS

Served: July 23, 1941 — December 12, 2000

Killed in Action: No

Commissioned: Enlisted

Special Duties: Served in SHAEF Headquarters. Sent the initial "cease fire and surrender" messages leading to V-E Day. code officer

Highest Rank: 2nd Lieutenant

Military Honors: Victory Medal, American Defense Service Medal, European Theater ribbon, Meritorious Service Unit Plaque, European African Middle Eastern Campaign ribbon, and the Good Conduct Medal

Prisoner of War: Unknown

Gender: Male

Birthplace

New Jersey, Elizabeth

Jack received his training as a cryptographer at Ft. Monmouth and was transferred to Military Intelligence in the War Department in Washington, DC. He was soon promoted to Master Sergeant and sent to serve with the Military Attaché in London. In 1944 he became a member of SHAEF (Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces) and went to Paris and Versailles as a 2nd Lieutenant at General Eisenhower's headquarters. On May 7, 1945, in the early morning hours, in a little red schoolhouse in Rheims, France (Eisenhower's forward SHAEF HQ), Jack found himself on duty and responsible for sending the initial "cease fire and surrender" messages announcing the German surrender. May 8th, V-E Day, celebrating the end of the war in Europe will forever be a part of history. Following the surrender, Jack went to Frankfurt and concluded his career as a code officer at the Farben building. He received the Victory Medal, American Defense Service Medal, European Theater ribbon, Meritorious Service Unit Plaque, European African Middle Eastern Campaign ribbon, and the Good Conduct Medal. Jack served his country with honor and was proud to have served under General Dwight D. Eisenhower.

EISENHOWER RECOLLECTIONS

Jack served his country with honor and was proud to have served under General Dwight D. Eisenhower.

This submission is honored by: Wife, Peg; children: John & Ellen, Micki & Paul, Kathy & John, Dan & Jackie