Irvin Harold Jett, 87, train conductor, veteran

September 08, 2005

Irvin Harold Jett, a retired Conrail conductor who had been a World War II prisoner of war, died at Perry Point Veterans Affairs Medical Center Saturday while recuperating from circulatory bypass surgery. The Perry Hall resident was 87.

Mr. Jett was born in Baltimore and raised in Waverly, the son of a Pennsylvania Railroad worker. After graduating from City College in 1936, he went to work for the Pennsy as a brakeman and later was promoted to conductor.

He enlisted in the Army in 1941 and served as a mortar gunner with the 175th Infantry of the 29th Division. He landed at Normandy on June 17, 1944. After being wounded the next day by mortar fire during the battle for St. Lo, he was captured and sent to a German POW camp at Stuttgart.

He later was sent to Stalag IV B near Mulberg, Germany, which held 70,000 American, British, Dutch, Canadian and Russian prisoners. He remained there for 10 months until being liberated by Allied forces. His service decorations included the Purple Heart, a unit citation and the Marksman's Medal.

After the war, Mr. Jett returned to the Pennsy and worked 34 more years as a freight conductor, retiring from successor company Conrail in 1979.

He was an active member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans.

He enjoyed sailing the Chesapeake Bay aboard his 36-foot cabin cruiser and was a former commander of the Crescent Yacht Club. He also liked fishing and collecting HO-gauge model trains.

His wife of 47 years, the former Thelma E. Caricofe, died in 1989.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Schimunek Funeral Home, 9705 Belair Road, Perry Hall.

Surviving are two daughters. JoAnn M. Jett of Perry Hall and Jackie E. Brandenberg of Sparks; a sister, Audrey Schwemmer of Towson; and five granddaughters. Another daughter, Darlene Jett, died in 1976.

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