Name: John Newsom
What Branch of the Armed Forces were you with: United States Marines
What was your rank when you finished serving: CPL
How long did you serve? 3 Years
Were you deployed, where? Korea 1 year
Fondest memory while serving? There was a lot. Probably coming home from Korea
Least favorite memory? Aboard troop ships. Coming home from Korea and going there, I was sea sick going both ways. 22 days.
How has serving affected your life? At age 17, coming off the farm in Benton County, TN working as a sharecropper. The Marines taught me there is a better way of life. Still today I practice a lot of things the USMC way of life taught me. I loved it. I would do it all over if I could. SEMPER FI!!
If someone wants to ask about your service, what’s the best way for them to approach you? Come ask me. I’m easy to talk to. I will tell it like it was, I tell it all.
What do you want people to know about you as a Veteran? In 1952, I enlisted in the Corps, signed on the dotted line to give my life for freedom, if it came to that. I would do it all over again if I had to.