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News | Aug. 15, 2017

Soldier Killed During World War II Accounted For (Johnson, R.)

Army Pvt. Rudolph Johnson, killed during World War II, has now been accounted for.

In February 1945, Johnson was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 365th Infantry Regiment, 92nd Infantry Division, which was the only African-American combat infantry division in Europe. The unit was fighting at the Gothic Line in northern Italy, with their zone of operations consisting of two contiguous sectors- one sector along the Ligurian Sea coastline and the other in the Serchio River Valley. For six months, Johnson’s division took control of the Serchio River Valley sector. Heavy fighting took place in early February 1945, during Operation Fourth Term, when Johnson’s regiment fought for days to secure positions along the Lama di Sotto ridge against strong German counterattacks. Johnson was reported missing in action as of Feb. 6, 1945, when he could not be accounted for. His status was changed to killed in action on Feb, 21. 1945.

Interment services are pending; a formal notification will be released 7-10 days prior to scheduled funeral services.

Johnson's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

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