July 21, 1922 – Aug. 30, 2016
Vincent R. “Bud” DeJohn, of Angola, a retired gas company serviceman and a decorated World War II veteran, died Tuesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a lengthy illness. He was 94.
Born in Gowanda, he was a graduate of Gowanda High School and enlisted in the Army prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Assigned to the First Infantry Division, he earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action in Tunisia when he braved enemy fire to repair a broken communication wire.
He took part in the D-Day Invasion of Normandy, France, and was awarded the Bronze Star for running a communications line between gun positions and an observation post despite heavy gunfire. Four days after the invasion, he and a buddy were captured by the Germans, but escaped while being taken back to enemy lines and later captured those same Germans.
For similar action establishing communications in Belgium three months later, he was given the Bronze Star with an oak leaf cluster and the Purple Heart. He attained the rank of corporal.
Returning from service, he joined what was then the Iroquois Gas Co. as a Class A serviceman, working first from Gowanda, then from Angola.
He retired after 28 years with the company.
Mr. DeJohn was a past commander and life member of Newcomb-Long Post 928, American Legion, in Derby, and a life member of Evans Township Post 5798, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Angola.
He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed golfing and bowling.
His wife, the former Thelma Scott, died in 1985.
Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen DeJohn-Parker; a son, Samuel; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A service with military honors will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday in Addison Funeral Home, 262 N. Main St., Angola.