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 Ponderís 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.