John E. Legg

June 8, 1924March 15, 2012

John E. Legg, 87, of Wayne Pennsylvania, passed away at home, Thursday, March 15, 2012. Devoted husband to Frances Legg, beloved father of Janice Legg, JoAnne Johns (David), and grandfather of Julia Grace Johns. Born in Philadelphia, Pa, in 1924, John was the son of Elsie and Leslie Earl Legg. He attended Tioga Presbyterian and later moved to Glenside Pa., graduating from Cheltenham High School in 1942. John entered the Armed Service February of 1943 as part of the 8th Air Force, 100th Bomb Group. He flew the B-17 overseas in the European Theater of WWII and was shot down over Berlin on May 24, 1944. Surviving a year of forced marches and Prisoner of War camps in Poland, Bavaria, and Germany, John was liberated by General Patton’s Third Army on April 4, 1945. Returning to America on his 21st birthday his military awards included the Purple Heart, Air Medal and Clusters, Presidential Group Citation, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign, American Campaign, Victory WWII, and the Ex-POW medal. He was honorably discharged in September of 1945. A graduate of Millersville University and Texas A&M, John taught Industrial Arts in the Upper Dublin School District for more than 30 years. John loved his country and was placed to rest at Washington Crossing National Cemetery . He was a member of the Brandywine Chapter of American Ex-Pows, enjoyed birding, the Phillies, and Ocean City NJ. He was blessed to have life long friends and a loving family.


  • Graveside Service Monday, March 19, 2012

John E. Legg

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James J. Marlowe II, Esq.

March 15, 2013

Thank you for the sacrifices you made for our country.

Rob Mowrer

March 30, 2012

I was very saddened by the death of Mr. Legg. We lived next door to the Legg's the entire time I was growing up in PA. My sister and I went to school with Janice and JoAnne. I remember him as one of the most decent men I have known. When he had his jeep wrangler he would plow our driveway in the winter. I was fascinated to read his article about being shot down over Germany - as a kid I knew he was in a B-17 during WWII and had hurt his back bailing out but I didn't know he was a POW. I think he was one of the very few my Dad would talk with about experiences in WWII. He will be missed by all who knew him.

March 22, 2012

So sorry to hear of Mr. Legg's death. He was always a fair and dedicated teacher. He was respected and very well thought of by his students. We are thinking of you at this time.
Arlene Gaumer Hackman
Upper Dublin High School Graduate, Class of 1958

Dee Joyce

March 22, 2012

John Legg was one of the kindness men I have had the pleasure of knowing. He and his wife Fran where always so kind to my mother(Nickey Thompson) and myself during all the years that we all traveled together with "Chuck's Travel Club" John, you will greatly be missed and you were very much loved by many of us. Fran, may you and the family find a little bit of peace just in the fact of knowing what a great man John was. I never knew all about his military awards, but I did know how much he loved his country and all those who served. May God Bless you all and know that Mom and I will continue to keep you in our prayers.
Love and Prayers,

Robert Atkins, Jr

March 21, 2012

My father Robert Atkins was the co-pilot on the plane with John when they were shot down on May 24, 1944. I spoke with my father and mother the day they heard of John passing away. The are very grateful that they were able to meet with John and his wife 10 years or so ago, that was very meaningful to them. My father is not on a computer, so I am writing this for him. Our whole family will keep your family in our prayers. John was a true American hero.

The Robert Atkins family