John Freiderick Japp (1836-1916)

Japp Family Genealogy

Fritz William Japp (1907-1984)

A recent search on the website of Ellis Island shows that from the time they started keeping records in 1892, a total of 96 people with the last name of Japp arrived in America through Ellis Island. My ancestor arrived before that, so I'm sure that several others also arrived before 1892. I'll be happy to start a new line of ancestors, just send in your Japp genealogy information.

More branches of Japp families can be added to this site. Simply email in your Japp genealogy information starting with the oldest known Japp ancestor and their dates of birth, death, marriage, and location. I have seen Japp families listed on the internet in the USA, Britian, Germany, Canada, Scotland, and Australia.

Japp Family Heroes of World War II

This page is to showcase the members of our family who served in World War II. Those who gave their lives for the cause of freedom and liberty are featured first. Those who served our country with honor to protect our freedoms and returned home are also listed. We all thank you for your service and sacrifice!

If you know of any Japp family member who served in WWII and is not listed below, please email me to let me know.

  • EDWIN HENRY JAPP, b. 17-FEB-1922; d. 13-NOV-1942, Killed in WWII, on the USS San Francisco (CA-38) during the Naval Night Battle of Guadalcanal. His name is on the USS San Francisco WWII memorial at Land's End, San Francisco, CA and the Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Philipines. Burial was at sea. Source: USS San Francisco Foundation, USS San Francisco Association.

    Edwin's name is on the upper plaque, 1st column, 5th from the bottom. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) has a post in Upton, Wyoming, named for Edwin. VFW post 9758.

    Edwin's name is also on the stone walls at Manila American Cemetery, in Manila, Philippines. The "Tablets of the Missing" section. Source: American Battle Monuments Commission.

    United States Naval Reserve

    Entered the Service from: Wyoming

    Photo by Herber Holbrook, Pacific Ship & Shore Historical Review

    Click the picture for an even larger photo where you can read the names. Internet Explorer users may need to click on the photo-size option icon that appears in the lower right corner after your mouse is over the picture for a few seconds.

  • Memorial at Land's End, San Francisco, California

  • LEROY LESTER JAPP, b. May 14, 1914; d. May 13, 1994. Served in WWII, US Army, PFC. Res: Sheridan, WY. Buried at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, Meade County, South Dakota Plot: G 0 4306, bur. 05/18/1994. Source:

    Leroy was Edwin's brother

  • RUDOLPH JAPP, b. 10-Sept-1897, d. 06-Feb-1978, never married. Served in WWII. Entered the service from Nebraska.
  • LYLE WILLIAM JAPP, b. 1925, served in WWII. This is a picture of Lyle Japp in his service uniform. Lyle was in WW2, serving from 1944 til 1946. He was in Europe, mostly Germany. The War was over when he got to Germany. Lyle Japp is the son of Walter H. Japp, Sr., who himself is the son of William Lansa Japp. Click photo for larger picture.

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    Content of this page last updated: Sunday, September 12th, 2021. Previously modified Sunday, September 30, 2007.
    This site first created on March 2nd, 2001.