John William Freeman was born October 3, 1911 in Monroe County, Tennessee. His mother was Rillia Long and he had several brothers and sisters. One brother, Earl Jess Freeman, was also killed in action during World War II. John W. Freeman was a Private First Class serving with the 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. He was killed in action on August 5, 1943. He was initially buried at Paestum Cemetery at Mount Soprano, Italy and re-buried at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy, Plot I, Row 4, Grave 19. He was awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster.
His brother Virgil D.H. Freeman also died.