|courtesy of Frogman|
John entered service in February 1942 and went to England in September 1942, perhaps already assigned to A Company 116th Infantry. He trained with the unit for the amphibious assault that would take place on the French beach code-named Omaha. He was one of the few of A Company that survived the landing and continued to fight with the unit until wounded on 23 Jun 1944. He was sent to the field hospital but returned to A Company the next day (24 Jun 1944). SGT Laird was killed in action on 6 Aug 1944.
SGT Laird was buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.
Brother Alvin Laird was a SSG in E Company 113rd Infantry and brother Gilbert Laird also served during the war.