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WWII INJURED FROM CHEROKEE COUNTY


SERGEANT MARK F. JOHNSON INJURED IN ITALY

    The January 13, 1944, issue of the Cherokee Daily Times reported that Mrs. Mary Johnson of Cherokee received word from her 24 year old son, Sergeant Mark F. Johnson, that he had been injured in Italy.
    He gave no details, except to say that he had received a skull fracture some time ago, but had been improving.  The family assumed that he had been injured some time in November and had been transferred to a hospital in North Africa.
    Sergeant Johnson enlisted in the National Guard unit recruited in Cherokee County in 1940.  He trained at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, and later was sent to Fort Dix, New Jersey and then on to Northern Ireland.  THe former Cherokean participated in both the African and Italian campaigns, where he served as cook.
    He attended both the Immaculate Conception and Wilson High Schools. Before entering service he worked at various jobs, including Collister's Cafe.
    Perhaps his previous background is the reason the army chose him, along with the many men who prepared and served such great quantities of food for our fighting forces -- whether it be in the sands of Africa or across the European continent. (Contributed by Cecelia May to the Cherokee County Historical Society Newsletter, Vol 15, Num 10, Oct 1980)

SERVICE BOY LLOYD MARTIN INJURED
    Cherokee Courier, December 10, 1942
    Lloyd Martin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Martin of Cherokee, who is in the U.S. Navy, was wounded in action during a convoy battle off the coast of Africa while U.S. troops were landing; his parents learned this week. Martin received a piece of shrapnel in his back and was hospitalized on the return trip, but is now able to be up again.





 

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