Private John P. Dawkins as born in Bridgeport, Alabama. He was assigned to the 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. The division trained in Northern Ireland and Wales and crossed the Channel on 7 June 1944 and landed across Omaha Beach on D-Day +1.
Private Dawkins was killed in action on 9 June 1944. He is interred at the Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France, plot I, row 5, grave 25.