Johnson, Frederick H

Rank: Private

Unit: 2d Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 2d Cavalry Group (Mecz)

WWII PH Medal

Awards: Purple Heart Medal, American Campaign Medal, Europe / African / Middle East Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal

Date of birth: 11 June 1926

Campaign: WWII

Died: 22 April 1945

Age at death: 18

Cause of death: Killed in action

Location of fatality: Schirnding, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany

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Place of interment: Knoxville Cemetery in Knoxville, Illinois

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Note: From “SECOND UNITED STATES CAVALRY – A HISTORY:” On the 22nd (of April 1945) the 2d Squadron extended the screen as far south as Schirnding, while the 42d extended to the north to take Thonbrunn and Rossbach. At Schirnding a German ambush hit a B Troop platoon, capturing Joe Goviet and killing Fred Johnson. Wheeler, Staton and Donovon broke in a Purple Heart in that action.”