I understand all points mentioned. additionally, please dont take my comments as derogatory. you and this sight do a great job. had i been more prudent in my younger years i would likley be able to privide great input to your efforts rather than ask for help. i dont know that my dad was known as john, i doubt it. however, i can imagine records and names in those early years may have been less than perfect. i do remember he boxed onboard. it seems there were competitions between ships and he must have represented his ship in his weight class 120 to 130.
please keep up the search.
it means something to me. my father went on to transfer to the army air borne after the second war and went to korea and vietnam. he was heavily decorated, at his funeral the military neglected to give him his rifle salute and that still bothers me.