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Posted on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 3:19 p.m.

World War II veteran searching for long-lost friend who may be in Ann Arbor area

By Staff


Angel Banuelos

photo by David Parsons

A World War II veteran in failing health is looking for his old Army buddy—and he's hoping Ann Arbor can help.

Angel Banuelos, 88, lives in California and is terminally ill, his daughter Becky McDonald said in an email. Banuelos is hoping for a final chance to reconnect with a man named John Fredrick Alloway, 92, who served with Banuelos in World War II. The two men have not seen each other since the end of the war.

McDonald said that despite having some records and some leads, they have not been able to locate Alloway.

Banuelos and his family have heard that Alloway and/or a relative may be living in the Ann Arbor area, and they hope that this article will lead to information about Alloway or his whereabouts.

McDonald wrote that Banuelos and Alloway were military police serving under Gen. George Patton. "Since I was a kid I have heard story after story of John and my dad and their time fighting in WWII. My dad has expressed how much he would like to be able to contact him, one more time before he passes," McDonald wrote.

David Parsons, a friend who is working with Banuelos on writing a memoir, has taken a number of photos of the veteran and posted interviews with him on YouTube (see below). He said Alloway was originally from Lansing and enlisted in the Army in Detroit on March 25, 1941.

Anyone with any information on Alloway is asked to contact McDonald at / 310-923-8006 or Parsons at

Angel Banuelos reflects on John Alloway:



Wed, Nov 23, 2011 : 3:15 p.m.

Congrats to Brian: hope this game is a good one and you and your guests enjoy it thoroughly. That one got away - I'm 66 and haven't yet seen The Game in the Big House. It's on my bucket list too. I hope continues this contest year after year.


Wed, Nov 23, 2011 : 3:16 p.m.

Oops! - Don't know how that happened - I was on the page for the Michigan-Ohio tickets contest!

Elaine Lauerman

Wed, Nov 23, 2011 : 2:14 p.m.

What a touching story. Mr. Banuelos, I hope you find your dear friend.


Wed, Nov 23, 2011 : 1:20 p.m.

God bless you Mr. Angel -- I truly hope that this article may help you find your long-lost friends. For indeed, friends are out most precious gifts, but sometimes we end up taking different paths. May his path lead back to you for a wonderful get together.


Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 9:23 p.m.

The Social Security Death Index has a record for: ALLOWAY, JOHN 18 Apr 1919 Jul 1981 (62) with a last address on record as being in Gloucester, NJ

Trisha Carey

Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 10:58 p.m.

also listed in Social Security records: Name: John F Alloway Birth Date: 13 Feb 1919 Death Date: 22 Feb 1971 Gender: Male Residence: Michigan Place of Death: Detroit, Wayne, Michigan Intelius: wife Jean L not sure of present address ....


Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 9:04 p.m.

I wonder if he's related to Gene Alloway, who's written articles for


Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 8:53 p.m.

First, a belated Happy Veteran's Day and a heartfelt "Thank you" to Mr. Banuelos and Mr. Alloway for your service. I wish Mr. Banuelos the best of luck in locating your friend.