County World War II Injuries
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
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,
and later was sent to Fort Dix, New Jersey and then on to Northern
Ireland. THe former Cherokean participated in both the
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
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)
BOY LLOYD MARTIN INJURED
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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