Woodbury County

Wm. "Bill" W. Johnson


Seaman on Leave Following Service on Mine Sweeper

William W. Johnson, seaman first class, who took part in the invasions of Saipan, Palau and Leyte aboard a mine sweeper, is spending a 35-day leave in the home of his grandmother, 410 18th street.  His wife and child also reside at the above address.  His father, Joe Johnson, lives at 3123 Third street.

Young Johnson went to school at Lawton, Ia.  He was employed for about a year in Sioux City before entering the Navy in July, 1943.  He spent eight weeks at Farragut, Idaho, and then was assigned to a troop transport for three months.  After his duty on the transport, he was assigned to a mine sweeper.  He will report back to the west coast for reassignment at the end of his leave.

“For recreation, we fished for sharks,” he said.  “They’re not hard to hook, but pretty hard to land.  They’re terrific fighters,” he explained.  When asked if they ever indulged in a shark steak dinner, he replied that they never ate them; just tossed them back in the drink.  “We always had good food,” he concluded.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, February 6, 1945 (photo included)


William W. Johnson, seaman first class, 205 W. Second Street, is serving on the U.S.S. Tumult, which cleared a path for major units of the Third Fleet in the windup of the campaign against Japan.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, September 20, 1945


William (“Bill”) W. Johnson, seaman first class, is serving aboard the minesweeper Tumult, which helped clear the way for the major units Admiral Halsey’s Third fleet at the final defeat of Japan.  Bill enlisted in August 1943, and received his training at Farragut, Idaho.  When home last February, he was wearing three battle stars.  In a recent letter, the Sioux Cityan said he hopes to be home for Christmas. His daughter, Virginia Lee, was 2 years old September 23.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, September 26, 1945