Ernest Fred Johnson was born on December 15, 1892 in Randolph, Utah to John August Johnson and Sophia Anderson Johnson. Following the entry of the United States into World War I in 1917, Ernest Johnson was drafted into the Army. He trained at Camp Lewis, Washington before being deployed to France in June 1918 where he served in Company I, 363rd infantry of the 91st Army Division. On September 28, 1918 during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Ernest Johnson was killed in an explosion by an enemy shell casing fragment and buried in an American cemetery in France. Following the request of his mother, his body was returned to Randolph, Utah where on August 21, 1919, he was given a soldier's burial.
This one-box collection consists primarily of correspondence sent to Ernest Johnson's mother Sophia after Ernest's death, including letters dealing with a life insurance policy set up for soldier's families, correspondence outlining the procedures for recovering a soldier's personal effects, and letters between Mrs. Johnson and the U.S. Army concerning the return of his remains from France to Utah. Folders 2 - 4 are the only folders that contain correspondence from Ernest Johnson. Folder 6 contains a detailed account from The American Red Cross on soldiers from various companies that served in the Argonne and Belgian offensives from September 26 through November 3, 1918. It provides a day-by-day account of the battles and lists the casualties from each battle. Folders 10, 11 and 14 contain letters that were sent to Mrs. Johnson from people who had known Ernest during his service in the Army.
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Permission to publish material from the Ernest Fred Johnson World War I Papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.Preferred Citation :
Initial Citation: Ernest Fred Johnson World War I Papers USU_COLL MSS 326, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.
Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 326, USUSCA.
Arranged in chronological order.>
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