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John "Red" Mosure Jr., 78, a decorated World War II veteran, died Friday (Jan. 28, 2000) in the Veterans Administration Medical Center after a brief illness.

Mosure, a Lockport native, won the Bronze Star for valor in the Battle of the Bulge, the climactic engagement on the Western Front in the winter of 1944-45.

A private first class, Mosure was a member of the 84th Infantry Division, 334th Regiment, which was known as the "General Bolling Hatchmen" and the "Ghost Division." He was also a truck driver in the famed "Red Ball Express."

Mosure won the Army Meritorious Service Award and nine other decorations.

He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2335, Lockport, and Disabled American Veterans Post 50, North Tonawanda.

Mosure continued to drive truck after the war, working for McMahon Trucking of Buffalo. He retired in 1978.

He was a member of the Gasport Masonic Lodge and the Order of the Eastern Star.

His wife, Alice, died in 1984.

Survivors include a son, Richard of Lynchburg, Va.; a daughter, Margaret "Peggy" Anderson of Ransomville; a sister, Rosemary Oakes of Niagara Falls; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Kenneth H. Sherrie Funeral Home, 6139 East Ave., Newfane. Burial will be in Cold Spring Cemetery.


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