Dickinson County

S/Sgt Leslie H. Johnson




Staff Sgt. Leslie H. Johnson of Superior, Iowa, who is in Camp Forrest, Tenn., recently wrote to his wife the following account of President Roosevelt’s visit to Camp Forrest:

“Remember I told you we were presenting a review for Gen. Lear?  It wasn’t Gen. Lear; it was Pres. Roosevelt and Eleanor. And I was within ten feet of him.

“We hear it might be the President, but really didn’t know until we heard the twenty-one gun salute as he came in the gate. So we were prepared. He rode in a cream Cadillac with Army officers. They were followed by a command car filled with F.B.I. men armed with sub machine guns, and administrative vehicles filled with Army officials, American and Mexican Naval officials. Eleanor was in the third car.

Source: Estherville, Vindicator and Republican, April 29, 1943