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Lifetime Macomb resident and WWII vet dies at 103

MACOMB (WGEM) — Lifetime Macomb resident, Western Illinois University Alumni, and WWII veteran, John Moon passed away Tuesday.

The Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home reported that Moon passed away at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday at Wesley Village Healthcae Center in Macomb.

The Western Illinois Museum has stated that Moon was born in Macomb on April 3, 1916.

The Museum stated that Moon served in the Marine Corps 5th Division which served in the Pacific Theater and saw major action during the battle of Iwo Jima.

Western Illinois University officials state that after graduating from WIU and returning from the war, Moon first opened and operated the S & J Café on the Macomb Square for nearly 20 years, followed by a candy store on the square for 20 more years.

He finished his career as a driver’s ed teacher for Macomb High School in the 1980s.

Moon was 103 and is believed to be the oldest surviving Marine from the battle of Iwo Jima.

Arrangements are pending at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home.

WIU Alumnus John Moon Sings the National Anthem

#WIU alumnus John Moon passed away in Macomb Oct. 29. The oldest known survivor of the Battle of Iwo Jima was 103 years old. Services for the 1939 WIU alumnus and Purple Heart recipient are pending. Mr. Moon was an active member of the WIU and Macomb communities, and we were so fortunate that this incredible gentleman was a member of our #Leatherneck family. In 2017 and in 2018, at ages 100 and 101, respectively, he sang the National Anthem before a women’s basketball game. Visit to read more about his amazing journey, ” From the Sands of Iwo Jima,” Illinois Country Living magazine (Nov. 2017). On this #WesternWednesday, take a moment to remember John Moon and enjoy this January 18, 2018 performance of the National Anthem.

Posted by Western Illinois University on Wednesday, October 30, 2019






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