Johnson, Theodore Knapp, 1stLt

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First Lieutenant
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0302-Infantry Officer
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1944-Present, 0302, MIA - WWII
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1942 - 1944
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The Battle of Kwajalein was fought as part of the Pacific campaign of World War II. It took place from 31 January-3 February 1944, on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Employing the hard-learned lessons of the battle of Tarawa, the United States launched a successful twin assault on the main islands of Kwajalein in the south and Roi-Namur in the north. The Japanese defenders put up stiff resistance, although outnumbered and under-prepared. The determined defense of Roi-Namur left only 51 survivors of an original garrison of 3,500. Marines suffered 206 killed, 617 wounded and 181 missing.
JOHNSON, Theodore K, First Lieutenant, O-013977, USMC, from Massachusetts, Honolulu Memorial + JOHNSON, Theodore Knapp, 13977, Co I, 3rd Bn, 24th Mar, 4th Mar Div, FMF, Marshall Is, February 1, 1944, died of wounds + JOHNSON, Theodore K., 1st Lieutenant, USMCR. Brother, Mr. Charles F. Johnson, 516 Wildwood Rd., West Allenhurst, NJ

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Theodore Johnson was born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts. He was the youngest son of Oscar and Louise Johnson, and attended Dartmouth College. Ted enlisted in the Marine Corps in February, 1942. After completing his training at Parris Island, he was sent to the Marine barracks at Balboa near the Panama Canal. He was only there a few months before being appointed a Private First Class and sent to Quantico, Virginia, for officer candidate school. He received his commission as a second lieutenant in late 1942, and was posted to Company C, First Separate Battalion at New River. Johnson was promoted to First Lieutenant in the summer of 1943, and became the company executive officer. He was close friends with a number of other officers in the battalion, even joining a four-part singing group. "TK" embarked on the USS DuPage in January 1944, and sailed with his battalion for the invasion of Namur. A heavy sleeper, he was late to wake up even on the morning of the invasion. A few short hours later, Lieutenant Johnson was shot in the leg by a Japanese sniper. He was quickly evacuated to the USS Bolivar, but died of his wound during the night of February 1, 1944. He was buried at sea. 

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  1943-1944, 0302, C Co, 1st Bn, 24th Marine Regiment (1/24)

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 C Co, 1st Bn, 24th Marine Regiment (1/24) Details

C Co, 1st Bn, 24th Marine Regiment (1/24)
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308 Members Also There at Same Time
C Co

Klopfenstine, Roy Follet, Capt, (1941-1945) 3 0302 Captain
Shultz, Thomas Arthur, 1stLt, (1942-1944) 3 0302 First Lieutenant
Cabrall, Francis P, 2ndLt, (1942-1945) 3 0301 Second Lieutenant
Burton, Howard L, 1stSgt, (1937-1946) 3 0369 Gunnery Sergeant
Brengle, Alfred J, GySgt, (1926-1946) 3 0369 Staff Sergeant
Aeby, Jack Winton, Sgt, (1942-1944) 3 0311 Sergeant
Baldwin, Philip Russell, PltSgt, (1942-1945) 3 0369 Platoon Sergeant
McAdoo, Raymond Arthur, Cpl, (1943-1945) 3 0311 Corporal
Wells, Weldon Guy, Cpl, (1943-1945) 3 0311 Corporal
Alessandrini, Armand Gerard, PFC, (1943-1945) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Celentano, Frank William, PFC, (1942-1944) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Gilliam, Benny Jessie, PFC, (1943-1945) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Thompson, Robert George, PFC, (1942-1944) 3 0311 Private 1st Class
Buller, William Warren, Sgt, (1942-1944) OF 600 Sergeant
Boxx, Ottis Oliver, Cpl, (1942-1945) OF 600 Corporal
Borges, Joseph Francis, PFC, (1944-1945) OF 745 Private 1st Class
Burton, Charles Filmore, PFC, (1943-1944) OF 675 Private 1st Class
Galarneau, Edward Grant, PFC, (1943-1944) OF 745 Private 1st Class
Gunter, Morrison, Cpl, (1942-1945) 1 0141 Private 1st Class
King, Clifford James, PFC, (1943-1944) OF 746 Private 1st Class
Holden, John W, Pvt, (1943-1944) OF 745 Private
St Pierre, Robert Joseph, Pvt, (1943-1945) OF 745 Private
Strickland, Charlie L, Pvt, (1944-1945) OF 746 Private
Strong, George M, Pvt, (1944-1945) OF 521 Private
1st Bn, 24th Marine Regiment (1/24)

Stewart, William Kirkland, Maj, (1941-1945) 3 0302 Major
Driskell, Joseph R., MSgt, (1940-1953) 3 0301 Second Lieutenant
Duncan, Wallace William, Cpl, (1942-1945) 3 0332 Corporal
Graves, Coolidge M, Cpl, (1942-1945) 3 0311 Corporal
Williams, Robert L, Cpl, (1942-1945) 3 Corporal
Starns, Carl Edward, PFC, (1944-1946) 3 Private 1st Class
Cooper, Milton B, 1stSgt, (1937-1970) 99 9999 First Sergeant
Edwards, Jason C, SSgt, (1939-1945) 33 3371 Staff Sergeant
Giamanco, Anthony J., SSgt, (1941-1955) 57 5700 Sergeant
Farber, Charles M, Cpl, (1942-1945) 35 3531 Corporal
Houck, Harvey George, Cpl, (1942-1945) OF Corporal
Mountain, Kenneth Noble, Cpl, (1943-1945) OF 607 Corporal
Allen, Perry, PFC, (1943-1945) OF 642 Private 1st Class
Andree, Eugene Martin, PFC, (1943-1945) OF 521 Private 1st Class
Lacoboni, Dante R, PFC, (1943-1945) OF 521 Private 1st Class
Lahr, Stanley F, PFC, (1942-1945) OF 746 Private 1st Class
Midgley, John R, PFC, (1942-1945) OF 604 Private 1st Class
Kyes, Gerald L, PFC, (1944-1946) 3 Private 1st Class
Dyess, Aquilla James, LtCol, (1936-1944) Lieutenant Colonel
Pounders, Robert, Cpl, (1943-1945) Corporal
Quigley, Frank, Cpl, (1944-1946) Corporal
Chavers, James, PFC, (1944-1946) OF Private 1st Class
Smith, Jr., W.T. (Bill), Cpl, (1944-1947) Private 1st Class
A Co

Lewis, Wray Cleveland, 1stLt, (1941-1944) 3 0302 First Lieutenant
Santilli, Alexander, 1stLt, (1943-1944) 3 0302 First Lieutenant
Wood, Philip Emerson, 1stLt, (1942-1944) 3 0302 First Lieutenant
Beehner, Kenneth A., 1stLt, (1942-1945) 3 0301 Second Lieutenant
Bartels, Donald Paul, MGySgt, (1943-1973) 3 0341 Platoon Sergeant
Ckaminsky, Charles, PltSgt, (1921-1947) 3 0369 Platoon Sergeant
Colburn, Dallas Merritt, PltSgt, (1942-1945) 3 0369 Platoon Sergeant
Criswell, Dalton Lee, Sgt, (1941-1945) 3 0341 Sergeant
Ervin, Arthur B., Sgt, (1940-1944) 3 0331 Sergeant
Horan, Edward John, Sgt, (1942-1945) 3 0311 Sergeant
Hurley, Thomas M., TSgt, (1942-1946) 3 0331 Platoon Sergeant
Linkins, William Pinkney, Sgt, (1942-1944) 3 0311 Sergeant

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