PFC John Henry Michaels III was born 27 Aug 1919 in Sunbury, Pennsylvania. He was the 3rd of 4 children born to John Henry and Sarah Dill (Young) Michaels. His father worked for Pennsylvania Railroad Company as a boiler maker and electric welder. The elder John reported a 1939 income of $1560 and the family paid $20 a month rent for their home at 1150 Susquehanna Avenue. Young John graduated from Sunbury High School in 1939. He had just entered the work force according to the 1940 census starting with the Pennsylvania Railroad.
PFC Michaels was repatriated in January 1948 aboard the USAT Eric B. Gibson and re-interred in Pomfret Manor Cemetery in Sunbury, Pennsylvania.
His younger brother, Charles Sterling Michaels, served April 1943 to January 1946 including 23 months overseas.