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Name: John Joseph Seerley, Jr.
John Seerley
Country: United States
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: United States Air Service
Units: 13th Aero
Victories: 5
Born: 21 November 1897
Place of Birth: Burlington, Iowa, USA
Died: 21 August 1943
Place of Death: Tetsworth, Oxfordshire, England
Cemetery: Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England
Plot C Row 3 Grave 13,
   The son of a former Congressman and Iowa's only World War I ace, John Joseph Seerley attended public schools in Burlington, Iowa and graduated from the University of Chicago in 1919. Following post-graduate work at Northwestern University, he received a law degree and a C.P.A. designation.
   After training at Foggia, Seerley was assigned to the 13th Aero Squadron in July 1918. He scored 5 victories in August and September and his commanding officer, Charles Biddle, recommended him for promotion to Captain. The recommendation failed to reach the desk of the commanding general until 25 November 1918, just 14 days after all ranks had been frozen. Seerley was also recommended for, but did not receive, the Distinguished Service Medal. In November 1918, he briefly served as the 13th Aero Squadron's commanding officer.
   Returning home after the war, Seerley went on to receive two advanced degrees, entered the business world and, by the time the United States entered World War II, had established his own investment company in Chicago, Illinois.
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
   Accepting a Captain's commission in air intelligence during World War II, Seerley returned to service in January 1941 with the rank of Captain but was soon promoted to Major. As combat operations officer, he served as an Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3, 8th Fighter Command. A few hours before he was to have received the Silver Star and Air Medal for conscientious service and gallantry in establishing the maximum fighter protection for American heavy bombers during air raids over Germany, Seerley was killed in an automobile accident on 21 August 1943 at Tetsworth, Oxfordshire, England. He was 45 years old. Full military honors were accorded Major Seerley at burial services in the Cambridge American Cemetery.
Combat Report, 13 September 1918
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 01 Aug 1918 1850 13th   Albatros D.V 1 Vieville-en-Haye
2 01 Aug 1918 1850 13th   Albatros D.V 1 Vieville-en-Haye
3 13 Sep 1918 1830-1850 13th   Fokker D.VII 2 Chambley
4 13 Sep 1918 1830-1850 13th   Fokker D.VII 2 Chambley
5 13 Sep 1918 1830-1850 13th   Fokker D.VII 2 Chambley

1 Shared with Capt Charles Biddle, Lt H B Freeman, Lt William Stovall
2 Shared with Lt R R S Converse, Lt J D Este, Lt Frank Hays, Lt D W Howe
American Aces of World War 1
by Norman Franks, Harry Dempsey (Illustrator) / Paperback / Osprey Publishing (September 25, 2001)
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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