Frank E. Johnson
(1925 - 2003)

Frank E. Johnson

Dad served with the 353rd Regiment, 89th Infantry Division From January 1944 until it was disbanded in June, 1945 after fighting in the Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns. He was transferred to the 42nd Infantry Division for occupation duty and was mustered out of the service in Vienna in April, 1946.

The 89th Division is listed as a Liberation Unit that was credited, along with the 4th Armored Division, with the liberation of the Ohrdruf concentration camp (a sub-camp of Buchenwald), the first camp liberated by U.S. Forces in Germany.

The 89th also liberated the REIMAHG Labor Camps at Kahla on April 12 & 13, 1945. These camps used slave labor to produce the Messerschmitt Me 262 turbine aircraft. In May 2006, a commemoration of the liberation was held and a plaque honoring the 89th was installed.

Dad's medals and awards:

As a tangible memorial for Dad, I constructed this display case and entered his name in the WWII Memorial Registry.

Medal Display Case 


dave 2007