Lawrence T. Johannessohn

Lawrence T. Johannessohn served in the Korean War.

He served in the U.S. Army. He joined on May 12, 1953. After finishing basic training, Mr. Johannessohn was assigned to the 75th Field Artillery Battalion. His unit was sent to Korea. Mr. Johannessohn was promoted to corporal. He was assigned to serve as chief of a wire section, maintaining communication with forward observers.

He was discharged on May 12, 1955.

His rank was Corporal.

Mr. Johannessohn was born in Hibbing, Minnesota, in 1933, the son of Robert and Elsie Johannessohn. He graduated from high school in 1951.

Source: Veterans’ Memorial Hall veteran history form; veteran’s account (below)

“I got to Korea in the month of January. We landed in Pusan and took a train up to Seoul. All I can say is, it was cold. The truce was signed, but bullets were still flying.

“I was assigned to the Headquarters Battery of the 75th Field Artillery Battalion. After being promoted to corporal, I was the chief of a wire section. Twenty-two of us had to keep communication to our forward observers. It could get quite scary during a blackout, but we made it, and I’m here to tell about it.”

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