August 1944 to November 1951

Madisonville Methodist News
February 1951

Once more our hearts go out in tender sympathy to the Buxtons and the Putmans, who have just returned from a sad journey to St. Louis.

So long our hearts have beat with Mrs. Buxton's and Mary Jo's, in the hopes that Jack might some day come home after being, "missing in action" since 1944.

However, the Wart Dept. now reports that they have definitely identified his remains in a German Cemetery, which was Russian held until last summer. The fact that our country has just recently had access to this burial place accounts for the long delay. We quote the article from the Times-Star, which Mrs. Buxton had sent to them at their request. It is possible that some of our readers failed to see it.

"Military services for 2 Lt. John M. Buxton, World War II casualty, will be held Wednesday, at 1:30 p.m. (Feb 7th) in the chapel of the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo."

Lt. Buxton had been presumed to be dead until last November, when Mrs. Buxton received a letter from the War Dept. stating that the body had been recovered. He was one of ten crew members aboard a B-24, which was lost as the result of enemy anti-aircraft fire while on a bombing mission to Magdeburg, Germany on August 16, 1944. Capture German records reported the crash of the aircraft near Gerwisch, Germany, and the burial in the local cemetery of the deceased members of the crew.

Lt. Buxton was a graduate of Withrow High School, and was a student of chemical engineering at the University of Cincinnati when he enlisted in the Air Corps. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.

You who knew him well can add much to this brief account from your memories of this young man who was evidently greatly loved by old and young alike.

You may wonder why Lt. Buxton was buried in St. Louis. The answer is that this was the most central location for the nine families closely related to the nine crewmen buried together in this National Cemetery. Mrs. Buxton says that one family had to make the trip from Salt Lake City. In this group of nine men, some were Protestant, some Catholic, and one Jewish. The Jewish man was evidently of Russian descent. This is a commentary upon American life and democracy. (We omitted to mention that one was a Mormon.)