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Johnson Jr., Jeff (P2, C3, L2)

Jeff Johnson Jr., 24 of London, Laurel County, Kentucky, died of wounds received in action while on federal active duty on 27 July 1944 serving with the 536th Anti-Aircraft Artillery (Automatic Weapons) Battalion.

Johnson enlisted in Troop E, 123rd Cavalry of the Kentucky National Guard in July 1940. By December 1941 he had risen to the rank of Corporal when his unit transitioned from Cavalry to Battery D of the 103rd Coast Artillery (AA).

He was inducted into federal active duty with his unit in February 1941. By November 1942 he was a Sergeant in Battery D. At some point during his active duty service he successfully completed an officer candidate course and was promoted to First Lieutenant and assigned to the 536th Anti-Aircraft Artillery (Automatic Weapons) Battalion.

He died of wounds on 27 July 1944 and is buried in the Florence American Cemetery in Florence Italy Plot C Row 10 Grave 31. His awards include the Silver Star and Purple Heart.

His documents show he had one year of college, more than likely Sue Bennett College in London. He listed his civilian occupation as mechanic.

 

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