Ralph Franklin Johnson

BRANCH OF SERVICE
U.S. Army

HOMETOWN
East Sweden, TX

HONORED BY
Robert Lloyd, Cousin

ACTIVITY DURING WWII

ENLISTED IN THE U.S. ARMY, ENTERING ACTIVE SERVICE ON AUGUST 27, 1940. AFTER BASIC TRAINING AT CAMP BULLIS, TEXAS, HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO FORT SAM HOUSTON, TEXAS, WHERE HE WAS ASSIGNED TO COMPANY A, 2ND COMBAT ENGINEER BATTALION. AFTER OMAHA WAS SECURED, HIS UNIT OPENED HOLES IN HEDGEROWS, CLEARED MINE FIELDS, BUILT BRIDGES AND DID OTHER ENGINEERING WORKS IN THE AMERICAN DRIVE TOWARD GERMANY. THEY WENT THROUGH NORMANDY, NORTHERN FRANCE, BELGIUM AND GERMANY UNTIL THE WAR ENDED. THEY SAW ACTION AT BREST, ST. LO, PARIS AND OTHER FRENCH TOWNS AND ST. VITH, BELGIUM. THEY WENT TO GERMANY TO REMOVE OBSTACLES IN THE SIEGFRIED LINE. WHILE IN GERMANY, HE WAS HIT BY GERMAN SHRAPNEL. FOR HIS SERVICE, HE WAS AWARDED THE WWII VICTORY MEDAL, GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL, AMERICAN THEATER MEDAL, AMERICAN DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL, EUROPEAN-AFRICAN-MIDDLE EASTERN CAMPAIGN MEDAL WITH THREE BRONZE STARS. HE WAS AWARDED THE PURPLE HEART MEDAL ON NOVEMBER 21, 1944, FOR HIS WOUNDS IN BELGIUM. HE WAS DISCHARGED WITH THE RANK OF STAFF SERGEANT.