|PFC Jake Johns, last known surviving veteran of the 776FA, passed away at on September 25, 2017. He served in WW2 Field Artillary and fought at the Battle of the Bulge. After the war he moved back home to Washington PA where he lived a rich full life to the age of 91 years. He is survived by his wife Millie, and several family members. You may see his obituary at the Observer/Reporter newspaper.|
It is sad to report that our friend and last known surviving veteran of the 776fa, Jake Johns, recently passed away. Jake was instrumental in providing information and contacts that allowed for the greater development and history that this website is able to present. We are forever grateful for his contribution.
Jake, we thank you for your service, we thank those that fought beside you with the 776fa and we thank all those that fought for the freedoms we all enjoy today. As a surviving combat veteran, you gave everything and sacrificed all. You were exposed to the horrors of war and left with the unimaginable scars it leaves on all its victims. Even after being exposed to all that at such a young age, you returned home and lived the American dream. You along with hundreds of thousands of other Americans. What you did and what you accomplished make you a all part of the Greatest Generation.
I was very sad to hear of Jakes passing, but he sure lived a full life. He once said after all he'd been through he was supprised he had lived this long. I was glad I got to meet him, and hear his story in his own words.
He helped in so many ways, of placing names with faces, and his contacts. He even verified a few of the stories from Feidlers memories, and agreed with Aarons dad about how cold it was in the Arden woods.
However, when I was visiting him in Washington, PA he was much more excited about talking about the town, and his family, than anything he ever did in the war. It just goes to show, it's the loved ones in our lives that brings us meaning to how we have lived.
I can't remember the stories, but got a sense as he was telling me about the trees he swang on, the places he & his brother played at, the store his pop owned and he worked at, were still just as clear and alive to him today, even though they were torn down years ago.
I'll always treasure the time I had with him. He will be missed.
As a grandson of a former enemy, I was pleased to call
Jake "my best friend".
My grandmother, Martha Schomburg, often got food from the US soldiers and my grandfather, Erich Schomburg got cigarettes. At the age of 8 years, my mother, Edith Schomburg, was a friend of the interpreter, Richard Fiedler, of A-Battery of the 776th Field Artillery Battalion, that Jake was part of.
Raymond C. Palmer and Richard Fiedler visited my mother, Edith Schomburg, in the early 1990s. They did not come to us as enemies to Germany, but as good friends! Since that time, I felt connected to the 776th Field Artillery Battalion.
A few years ago I found this website about 776th, and was
able to contact and
My thanks goes to the kind and humane US soldiers. I'll miss Jake. He always had an answer to my questions. I will not forget him so long as I keep alive the 776th Field Artillery Battalion.