Army PFC
Gaylord, MI
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Memorial Location: 

Otsego County Courthouse
225 W. Main Street
Gaylord, MI

Died of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in Golden Hills, Iraq. Assigned to the 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne (Air Assualt), Fort Campbell, KY.

John T. Bishop was born in Gaylord, Michigan, to John and Gaye Bishop, on February 2, 1986. He was the youngest of five children in a blended family. He never referred to his half brothers and sisters as anything other than his siblings. He was the glue that held the family together.

Growing up, John had many varied and diverse interests. He enjoyed bowling, baseball, and soccer, as well as computers and all the new technology that went with them. Although he was competitive and excelled in everything he did, he never worried about being the best. Instead, he chose to focus his positive energy on what he was doing to the fullest and to making friends with all those around him. Nothing gave John more pleasure than spending time with family and friends. As he got older he ventured into thrill seeking and extreme sports such as driving fast, snowmobiling, and skydiving. John was a fatalist, believing that, “When your time’s up its up and there’s noting you can do about it.” He always had a positive attitude and a smile on his face. He was always more than willing to sacrifice his own needs for those of others.

John attended Gaylord High School and graduated at the age of 17. During his freshman year he met Diane Caddell and they become best friends. On August 22, 2006, he followed in his father’s and two older brother’s footsteps and joined the U.S. Military. John enlisted in the Army even knowing that he would be eventually deployed to Iraq. On July 19, 2007, while John was home on leave, he and Diane were married in Las Vegas. He excelled in the Army and earned the Expert Infantry Badge on his first try, an exceptional accomplishment. One of John’s sergeants said that he would always assign John the difficult and next to impossible tasks, knowing that he would find a way to completed them regardless of the risks or consequences. John was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne (Air Assault), Ft. Campbell, KY, and from here he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom

On 23 April 2008, while conducting combat operations in the Golden Hills of Iraq, Private First Class John T. Bishop, made the ultimate sacrifice when he was involved in a vehicle rollover accident.

Private First Class John T. Bishop’s awards and decorations include: The Bronze Star, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Combat Infantry Badge.


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