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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  1942, Officer Candidate School (Quantico, VA)
Officer Candidate School (Quantico, VA)

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May, 1942

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  18 Also There at This Training:
Name Co Ptn Start Date
Caldwell, Frank, Col, (1942-1973) May, 1942
Hubbard, Jay W, BGen, (1940-1972) May, 1942
Lamson, Howard Jewett, 1stLt, (1942-1944) May, 1942
Neill, William Kent, 1stLt, (1940-1943) D May, 1942
O'Neill, Harry Mink, 1stLt, (1942-1945) H 13 May, 1942
Price, Joseph Doyle, 2ndLt, (1942-1943) H 13 May, 1942
Scondras, James P, 1stLt, (1942-1945) May, 1942
Sim, Alex M, 2ndLt, (1942-1943) May, 1942
Swoyer, Joseph Dell, Capt, (1942-1945) May, 1942
Wright, Warren Miller, Capt, (1941-1945) H May, 1942
Breakenridge, Hugh Wallace, Capt, (1942-1945) B Apr, 1942
Flaherty, John F., Capt, (1942-1952) Apr, 1942
Harrington, Martin Joseph, Maj, (1941-1945) A Apr, 1942
Hughes, Jr, James R., Capt, (1942-1946) D 11 Jun, 1942
LaRose, Alfred Francis, 1stLt, (1942-1945) Jun, 1942
McNeil, John Paul, Col, (1942-1969) G Jun, 1942
Phillips, John B, 1stLt, (1942-1943) D 11 Jun, 1942
Sanders, William, Maj G Jun, 1942
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