|Sgt. John Mautner (right) and his only brother Charles, were both killed in World War 2.|
John Mautner, Jr. could have been 100 years old today.
He was born on April 8, 1917 in New York. His parents were also both born in New York. His father was an office clerk and later a brokerage cashier. John had one younger brother Charles, five years his junior, who was a paratrooper in World War 2.
John enlisted in the army on October 1, 1940. We was originally in the 165th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division but at some point transferred to the elite 85th Mountain Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division with the rank of tech sergeant in the headquarters for the 3rd Battalion.
The 10th Mountain Division first saw action in Alaska against Japanese troops. Due to their specialized mountain training, they were assigned the most difficult sections of the mountains in Italy. While Sgt. Mautner was serving in Italy, his brother Charles was killed in action in the Philippines.
On March 16, 1945 enemy artillery fire knocked out the supply route to the 3rd Battalion on Mt. della Spe. Sgt. Mautner took a squad to repair the road under enemy fire. Just as they finished the repairs, Sgt. Mautner was killed and four other men were wounded by shrapnel.
His remains were returned to be buried at Long Island National Cemetery.
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