Minnis, John Andrew, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary MOS
7598-Basic Fixed-Wing Pilot
Last MOSGroup
Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
Primary Unit
1921-1921, Fixed Wing Units
Service Years
1915 - 1921



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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Sep 23, 1921
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Magnolia Cemetery - Greenville, Alabama
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Pine Crest Addition, Block D, Lot 1

 Official Badges 

French Fourragere Wound Chevron World War I Victory Button (Wounded in Action)

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Pilot Wings

 Unit Assignments
Marine Barracks2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)Naval Flight TrainingAviation Units
  1915-1915, Marine Barracks Parris Island, SC
  1916-1918, 4th Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (1/4)
  1918-1918, 0302, 2nd Bn, 6th Marine Regiment (2/6)
  1920-1921, Naval Flight Training
  1921-1921, Fixed Wing Units
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1916-1916 Invasion of the Dominican Republic (Dominican Campaign)
  1918-1918 World War I/Aisne-Marne Campaign/Battle of Belleau Wood
  1918-1918 World War I/World War I/Aisne-Marne Campaign
 Colleges Attended
United States Naval Academy
  1911-1915, United States Naval Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Son of Joseph Henry and Maggie Stokes Minnis.

On the night of September 23, 1921, Captain Minnis was participating in maneuvers, attempting to escape from the beams of large searchlights which were sweeping the skies. When he was last seen, Captain Minnis executed a nose dive to evade the lights. The water around the area of Quantico Creek and the Potomac River was about twelve feet and it was several hours before it was realized that Captain Minnis' aircraft had crashed, and his body recovered.

Navy Cross

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain John Andrew Minnis (MCSN: 0-671), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 38th Infantry Regiment (Army) (Attached), 2d Division, A.E.F., in action near Mezy, France, 15 July 1918. During the enemy drive Captain Minnis fearlessly reorganized a unit that had lost its officers and held his position against the enemy assault. A short time later he gallantly led fifteen men in a counterattack under heavy enemy machine-gun fire. He repulsed the enemy and captured twenty-four prisoners.

Action Date: 15-Jul-18
Service: Marine Corps
(Distinguished Service Cross  for same action)

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