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TRIBUTE TO JOHN P. PINER

John Phillip Piner, was not only a father to Joyce Piner- Trimble but also a veteran. John, who was born in Orlando, FL in 1925, attended and graduated from Jones High School. Eventually he married Helen Evans to which this union produced three children, Joyce Piner-Trimble, John P. Piner III, and Janice Piner-Cherry. In 1943, John P. Piner Jr., better known as “J.P.” enlisted into the U.S. Army at Camp Blandon in Jacksonville, FL. He also proudly served his country in Macon, GA, California, Australia, New Guinea, the Philippines, and Japan. He served until 1946 and a reserve for three years where he was recalled to active duty in 1949, becoming an MP and then a Staff Sergeant. He remained in the service for our country until 1969, then fully received his discharge papers in 1973. In 1948, J.P. joined the Amvet Post 30 where he became a life-time member in 1970 and served faithfully until September 2, 1997 when he was called to go be with the Lord. His list of achievements include serving as Commander in 1988, as 1st, 2nd, 3rd Vice-Commander of Amvet Post 30, as well as serving on the Amvets National Executive Committee for the State of Florida. February 3rd, 1990 was proclaimed as “John P. Piner Day” in the city of Orlando by then Commissioner Mable Butler on behalf of the Mayor and City of Orlando. This also led to the eventual dedication to the naming of Amvet Post 30 to the “John P. Piner” Amvet Post 30.