Eugene Johnson

Eugene Johnson, enrolled in the army at age 16. He enlisted in 1948, forging a document that changed his birth year from 1932 to 1930.

He was sent to Japan to work in the aftermath of WWII. He was deployed to Korea when the war broke out serving in the infantry.  He fought in the battles of Chosun Reservoir, Incheon, Wonson.  His specialities include infantryman, cook and cannon.

He was captured by the Chinese Army at the age of 17. He spent 33 months as a POW in several prison camps. He was relentlessly interrogated by the Chinese, and was subject to Communist propaganda. He maintained his strength and dignity. He credits his resilience in the camp to his tough upbringing. During his incarceration, he suffered wounds to his knee and shoulder.

 

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August 29, 2022 11:49 pm
Emily Ezell
I can't imagine how hard that was for a 17 year old! I admire his determination to serve and his will to survive.

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Korean War - Key Events

September 15, 1950

X Corps, a force led by U.S. Maj. Gen. Edward M. Almond, stages an audacious amphibious landing at Inch’ŏn, some 150 miles behind enemy lines. The plan, conceived by UN commander Gen. Douglas MacArthur, is an unqualified success; 10 days later Seoul is liberated.

These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica

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