1933 - 1983 — California
Seaman John Grissom Divers USN born 4 Jan 1933 died 13 Aug 1983 assigned as an Artist in the Visual Arts Dept. US Naval Training Center in San Diego, California 1952 to 1955. He received a scholarship and played football for Odessa College in Texas. He was good at art and applied for a job at Disney and waited, hoping to receive a job offer. One day he came home, looked in the mailbox and saw two letters - one from Disney - the other from the Draft Board! He tore open the letter from Disney and found an offer. He left the other one sitting in the mailbox, drove to San Diego and enlisted in the US Navy and was stationed at Naval Training Center at the same time his cousin Jake Lewis was receiving his basic training at the Marine Corp Training Depot. Lucky for John, they recognized his artistic ability and he was assigned to the Visual Arts Department allowing him to use his talents. John enjoyed a career as a graphic artist but not with Disney. Father and mother Omer Ferguson Divers and Vivian Grissom Divers. Older brother Omer Jr. and son Mark Steven Divers.