Some sad news

Posted: February 12, 2017 in Men of the 111th Ordnance Company

We are sad to have to tell you that John Raisler, one of the three surviving 111th veterans, passed away last Sunday. He was 96.

John was the very first 111th veteran we found, more than three years ago. Actually, he found us, when he asked his granddaughter, Hilary, to search for his old Army unit on the Internet. Ed and I were lucky enough to spend time with him on two occasions in Florida, days we will never forget. We also spoke many times by phone with him and sent and received dozens of emails. He told us so many war stories and helped us identify the men and the places, from Canada to Germany. His memory was phenomenal.

John had a wonderful sense of humor and a positive outlook on life. We will miss him so much. To his son, Jim, and the rest of the Raisler family, please accept our deepest sympathy. John was such a great guy.



  1. LOUISE BROOKS says:

    Sincere condolences from the Brooks’ family to the Raisler family!

  2. Mary Eastman says:

    I’m sure you made his last few years very enjoyable by showing your great interest in what he and his Army buddies did during the war. He knew their efforts were not forgotten.

  3. Kay McAnally says:

    How wonderful that you and Ed got to meet and spend time with John. I’m sorry to hear the sad news. Kay

    Sent from my iPhone


  4. Patricia Macchiarolo says:

    Sincere condolences to the Raisler family. Thanks to John’s curiosity, his granddaughter’s help, and the Sutcliffs’ perseverance, the story of the 111th has been shared with many of the descendants of these wonderful men. God bless the Raisler family. God bless the 111th.

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