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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Korean War - Key Events

March 14, 1951

Seoul changes hands for the fourth time when UN forces once again liberate the South Korean capital. The city has been devastated by fighting, and its population has been reduced to a fraction of its prewar size.

These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica

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