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.
Korean War - Key Events
April 25, 1951
Vastly outnumbered UN forces check the Chinese advance on Seoul at the Battles of Kapyong and the Imjin River. Two Commonwealth battalions—the 2nd Battalion of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Regiment and the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment—rebuff an entire Chinese division at Kapyong, and 4,000 men of the British 29th Brigade stage a successful delaying action against nearly 30,000 troops of the Chinese 63rd Army at the Imjin River. Some 650 men of the 1st Battalion, the Gloucestershire Regiment (the “Glorious Glosters”), engage in a Thermopylae-like stand against more than 10,000 Chinese infantry at Imjin. Although the overwhelming majority of the Glosters are killed or captured, their sacrifice allows UN forces to consolidate their lines around the South Korean capital.
These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica
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