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BARTON,  William

BUCKMEYER, Arnold

CLEVE, Carl R.

CORBIN, Ricard S.

HALPERN, Paul

HARTZ, Henry

HUGGINS, Harold H.

JENS, Wayne

JOHNSON, Pershing

LEWIS, Wilbur C.

McCORMICK, Harold E. (Pete)

PHLEGER, John V.

RUDDY, Douglas

WEINDRUCH, Archie

WELTY, Roger

WOLFE, Warren




Pershing Johnnson, Davenport, Iowa

Mr. Johnson was a sergeant with the 9th Armored Division, 16th Field Artillery Battalion, Headquarters Battery.  In March and April of 1945, he was with the advancing army that swept through Germany.  They captured or drove back the German SS  and Wehrmacht, and led in the liberation of a number of concentration camps and slave labor camps, including Buchenwald and Dachau.  He and his fellow soldiers had to move on quickly, chasing the retreating Nazis, but certain infantry divisions were left behind to bring order out of chaos.  They did what they could to help the huge numbers of emaciated former prisoners.  They provided food to as many as 300 a day, and medicine to fight infections.  Mr. Johnson, your compassionate efforts will always be remembered. 

 

 

Read more from Mr. Johnson's eyewitness account:
Interview & Full Text

Learn more about the liberation of Buchenwald.