Robert Merle Johnson

Robert Merle Johnson

Mr. Johnson served in the Korean War. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in April 1948. He was assigned to F-2-5, 1st Marine Division. His unit was sent to Korea, where they participated in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.

Mr. Johnson’s rank was Corporal. He was born in 1931 in Duluth, Minnesota, the son of Rudolph and Mildred Johnson. He graduated from high school in 1949.

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

“Shipped out from Duluth in August 1950 with B Company Marine Reserve Unit. To Camp Pendleton, California. Shipped out to Japan, September 1950. Wonsan, Korea, October 1950. Patrolled mainly, ‘til we moved up to Kotori. Then to east side of reservoir: on outpost. Moved to Yudonwi 11/26. Point for 5th Marines. Attacked by many Chinese that night. Moved with 5th and 7th Marines to Hagaru-ri. Wounded in face by grenade 12/6/50 (East Hill). Purple Heart. Then to Kotori. Evacuated from Pusan to home.”

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