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
April 11, 1951
U.S. Pres. Harry S. Truman relieves MacArthur of command for insubordination and his unwillingness to prosecute a limited war. He is succeeded as UN commander by Lieut. Gen. Matthew Ridgway.
These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica