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
December 6, 1950
The U.S. Marines at the Chosin Reservoir begin their “attack in a different direction” as they engage in a fighting retreat to the port of Hŭngnam. Two entire Chinese armies have been tasked with the destruction of the 1st Marine Division. They succeed in driving the American force from North Korean territory but pay an enormous price: as many as 80,000 Chinese troops are killed or wounded, and the CPVF Ninth Army Group is rendered combat-ineffective for months. “Frozen Chosin” becomes one of the most-storied episodes in U.S. Marine Corps history.
These events are taken from the Encyclopedia Britannica
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