Mahaska County


Pvt. Harland Rayford Johnson



Washington, (AP)—Five Iowans who previously had been listed a prisoners of war were reported as safe Friday on a Navy casualty list.

Six other Iowans were listed as dead and two as missing.
The list included:
Safe—Pfc. Harland R. Johnson, New Sharon; Pfc. George L. McShane, Storm Lake; Pfc. Clare W. Nielsen, Rutland; Gunner’s Mate Elmer L. McFadden, Adair; and Seaman 1/c Dale J. Tiefel, Dubuque.

Dead—Fireman 2/c Glenn L. Burns, Ottumwa; Seaman 1/c Robert H. Kallansrud, Fort Dodge; Seaman 1/c Cecil L. Pickering, Ollie; Machinists’s Mate 3/c Floyd V. Turner, Atlantic; Seaman 1/c Arlo M. Link, Diagonal; and Seaman 1/c Eldon R. Noelting, Greene.

Missing—Seaman 2/c Chris A. Jensen, Sioux City, and Fire Controlman 2/c Dale M. Siefken, Rockford.

Source: Council Bluffs Nonpareil, September 22, 1945

Harland Rayford Johnson was born Dec. 15, 1918 to Orvil M. and Glenna Larkins Johnson. He died Apr. 6, 1994 and is buried in Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA.

Sgt. Johnson served in World War II with the U.S. Marine Corps and became a POW.