Guard John P. Greer

Guard John P. Greer

Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, August 27, 1938

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John P. Greer

Guard Greer succumbed to stab wounds sustained 11 days earlier, during an escape attempt at the Eastham State Prison Farm in Houston County, Texas.

Guard Greer was stabbed in the stomach by one of the eight prisoners who attempted to escape. Other guards who were at the prison farm opened fire on the prisoners during the escape, killing six of them.

Guard Greer was a U.S. Army veteran of WWI. He was survived by his wife and son and daughter.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Tuesday, August 16, 1938
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Shot and killed

escape attempt

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