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Federal Prohibition Agent John Watson

United States Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service - Prohibition Unit, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, May 2, 1921

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Reflections for Federal Prohibition Agent John Watson

Agent Watson,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but also when you served with the U.S. Army during WW I. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 2, 2021

Thanks Uncle John. You are not forgotten.

Heather Watson
Great Grand Niece

June 27, 2015

Special Agent Watson was my grandfather's brother. Although I never knew him, I had the honor of providing the photo above. I found this photo, which shows him in his WWI-era uniform (he had resigned his commision in the Army to join Treasury just a couple of months before he was killed) in my grandmother's memorabilia. To my recollection, my grandparents and parents never mentioned him; I only discovered his story after they were gone. I am proud of John Watson, who honored us as we honor him.

John M. Miles

June 2, 2014

Your life and service is honored here today Sir.

Dede Hodge
CA citizen

May 6, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today on the 91rst anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 2, 2012

Special Agent Watson, you and Special Agent Holzman displayed an amazing amount of courage in your actions against the bootleggers. I honor, admire and respect you both. It was you however that made the ultimate sacrifice. Nothing in the memorial page mentions what happened to Agent Holzman, but no matter what, he had every reason to be proud, just as you did.

Though Prohibition was a crazy law it was indeed the law and it took special people to enforce that law. You were unquestionably one of those special people. I have a cousin in the ATF and we all know what a tough job it is and we’re all very proud of him. He carries on your legacy.

My prayers go out to your descendants on this 87th anniversary of your death.

God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

May 2, 2008

Agent Watson,
On today, the 87th anniversary of your murder, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as an LEO, but also when you served in the U.S. Army as well.



May 2, 2008



May 2, 2008

John, I honor you.

Jim Crotty, Special Agent (Ret.) ATF
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms

July 31, 2004

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