Humboldt County



Iowa Honor Roll

Like the men pictured here on previous Sundays, these Iowans have given their lives for their country.  Each one was either killed in action or died in prison camp. The fourth line under each picture gives the area in which the man last served. The list will be continued in future weeks.

Source: The Des Moines Sunday Register, March 12, 1944 (photos included)

John A. Johnson was born May 22, 1921 to C. J. and Elma Lee Potter Johnson. He died Sept. 30, 1942 and is buried in the Saint Olaf Churchyard Cemetery, Bode, IA.

Pvt. Johnson served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II in the Southwest Pacific Theatre: Philippine Islands. He was a POW in PW Camp #1, Cabanatuan 1-2-3 Nueva Province, Luzon, Philippines and died as a prisoner of war.

The American Legion Post in Gilmore City was renamed the Hartnett-Johnson Post #239 in honor of Petty Officer Emmett Hartnett (who was KIA aboard the USS Juneau) and Pvt. John A. Johnson.

Sources: World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel from Iowa;