|Birth: ||Feb. 14, 1896|
|Death: ||Mar. 30, 1943, Japan|
Edwin Johnson Died in Japan
Was a Civil Service Worker On Wake In December 1941, When Island Was Captured; Probably Prisoner In Japan 15 Months
The sad word that Edwin Johnson, formerly of Burdick and Herington, had died in a Japanese Prison Camp on the Island of Kyushu, Japan, on March 30, 1943, came to his sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Freedlun at Pacific Grove, California, early last week.
This we the first word anyone had received regarding Mr. Johnsons possible whereabouts since the time of the capture of Wake Island where he had been employed in construction duty by the United States Navys Civil Engineering Corps for several months. Mr. Johnson went to Wake Island from the West Coast of the United States early in 1941 and was employed there until the island was captured later the same year.
The message from the Civil Engineering Corps of the United States navy to Mrs. Freedlun last week read as follows:
I regret that it is my duty to notify you of the death of your brother, Edwin Waldeman Johnson, who died on the Island of Kyushu, Japan, on March 30, 1943. The information concerning the death of your brother has just been given the Pacific Island Employees Foundation Inc., by recently liberated internees who were formerly employed by the Contractors, Pacific Naval Air Bases, on Wake Island.
The report further states that you brother was buried near Sasebo on the Island of Kyushu. The above information has been accepted as official by the American Prisoner of War Information Bureau, Office of the Provost Marshal general Way department.
The knowledge that your brother was doing his part for the defense of this nation should console you in your bereavement. I extend my sincere sympathy to you. Sincerely yours, B. Moreel, Vice-Admiral, CEC, USN.
Was In World War I
Edwin Johnson was born in Burdick, and spent practically of his life in that community. He served his country overseas in World War I, and it was to carry out the desire to be of further service this his country that he was employed by the United States Government at the time of the beginning of hostilities. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Olof Johnson of Burdick.
Besides his sister, Mrs. W. L. Freedlun of Pacific Grove, California, is survived by the following other sisters and brothers: Wilbert Johnson of Chanute, Kansas; Albin Johnson of Hutchinson, Kansas; Reuben Johnson and Mrs. Haskell Coats of Kansas City, Missouri; Mrs. Ira Engel of Vallejo, California, and Alvin Johnson of Burdick.
Name: Edwin Waldeman Johnson Residence State: California Report Date: 30 Mar 1943 Latest Report Date: 1 Oct 1945 Grade: Civilian Service Branch: Civilian Arm or Service: Bureau of Yards and Docks Area Served: Pacific Theatre_Guam: Wake Island Detaining Country: Japan Camp: Camp Moji (Hospital) Fukuoka #4 (same as 775) Kyushu Island 34-131 Status: Executed, Died in Ship's Sinking or Result of Ship Sinking, Shot While Attempting Escape Report Source: Individual has been reported through sources considered official.
Hebron Lutheran Church Cemetery
Created by: Margesouth
Record added: May 05, 2007
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