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Watson, John James



  • Existence: 1911-1966


John James Watson was a United States infantry chaplain during World War II. He was born in 1911, the son of Samuel Joseph Watson and Rosa Belle Lowrie. He attended Berea College in Kentucky and graduated from Carson-Newman College in Tennessee. He then went on to attend Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He married Ruth Perrin in May 1938. Watson died in 1966.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

"An Infantry Chaplain's Diary: 1943-1946"

 Collection — Box K (Small Collections)
Identifier: AppMs-0821
Scope and Contents Chaplain John James Watson's diary begins on March 16, 1943 at Camp White in Oregon. His military service takes him from Oregon to Virginia to Algeria, North Africa to Pietramala and Villanova, Italy. In addition to various daily events, Watson kept a record of books he was reading and services he had preached. The final section of the diary is set in East Tennessee and is concerned with the beginnings of his brothers' business in Elizabethton, Tennessee and the birth of his son, Robert....
Dates: 1943-1946, 1993