BRIGGETTE, JOHN VALENTINE, Private First Class, # 35670282, USAAF
John V. Briggette was born 1922 in Lenox, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts to John Charles Briggette (1893- ) (Cape Britain Isle, Nova Scotia, Canada) and Antoinette V. (Zelinski) Briggette (1897-1967). Siblings included Loretta Mary (Briggette) Ogden (1926-2009), Estelle (Briggette) Martin (1926- ), and Peter J. Briggette (1924-2008).
He enlisted in the USAAF in Cincinnati, Ohio, on 4 November 1942. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the C-46 Commando and earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 31 January 1944 a Curtiss C-46A Commando, # 41-24708, assigned to 10th Air Force, Station 9, Mahanbari, India, departed its airfield on a cargo mission to Kunming, China, through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump). It crashed in Arunachal Pradesh (a state), India. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal.
His brother, Peter Briggette, born in 1924, enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky, on 10 March 1943. He died 14 July 2008.