The 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Company F

Pvt John Larkin Ponder
Service # 39233735
Pvt Ponder was born in1921 in Texas and was killed in action on June 6, 1944 during the Airborne invasion of Normandy.

Pvt Ponder is the son of Joseph Bernard Ponder [b.1887in Tyler, Texas and died July, 1947 in White Co, Ark.] and the son of Rosa Lee Killman Ponder.

Pvt Ponder had 3 sisters Melba, Sylvia Elizabeth and Rosa Lee and 2 brothers, Hank and Ernest.

Pvt Ponder enlisted on April 1, 1942 at Los Angeles, Cal. His enlistment records states John was a high school graduate and was employed as a mechanic.

SPAN CLASS="normalloose">Pvt Ponder may have been married to ? Stringfellow and has a son Joseph Larkin Ponder who was born 12-6-1944 in Los Angeles.

Pvt Ponder’s C47 transport plane crashed on June 6 1944.

Pvt Ponder was awarded the Purple Heart Medal and the Croix de Guerre Unit Citation [French].

Pvt Ponder is interred in Arkansas.

{Note: The above information was provided by Sandra S Smith.}