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MG Chester Lee Chittenden Johnson
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Birth: Jun. 3, 1915
Halsey
Linn County
Oregon, USA
Death: Jul. 10, 1997
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA

In the 1930 US census Chester is living with his parents in Pendleton, Umitila, Oregon. Father,Tracy is an MD.

He was graduated from high school in Herminston, Oregon, in 1932 and entered the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York the following year. He received
a Bachelor of Science degree and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery in 1937.
His first assignment was at Fort Lewis, Washington, where he served successively with the 10th Field Artillery Regiment, in the G-3 section of the 3d Field Artillery Brigade headquarters and in the artillery section at Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division.
He was arriaged 10 Jun 1940, Fort Lewis, Washington
From July 1940 to April 1942 General Johnson was assigned to the 24th Field Artillery Regiment (Philippine Scouts) at Fort Stotsenburg on Luzon Island, Philippines Islands. Just after Pearl Harbor Day and prior to the Japanese landing in Luzon on December 10, 1941, he was assigned to the 2d Battalion, 88th Field Artillery Regiment, (Philippine Scouts) and then as executive officer of the 1st Battalion, 24th Field Artillery Regiment (Philippine Scouts).
When the Bataan Defense Force was surrendered on April 9, 1942, he was taken prisoner of war by the Japanese and interned in a Japanese POW camps at Camp O'Donnell, Camp Cabanatuan, and Bilibid Prison on Luzon; at Fukuoka, Kyushu Island, Japan; and finally at Inchon, Korea, where he was liberated by US forces on September 15, 1945. While at Camp Cabanatuan he was in charge of the mess hall. General Johnson was hospitalized for a short period following his return to the United States in October 1945, and then participated in a field grade officers' ex-prisoner of war re-orientation course.
In preparation for academic duty, he attended Harvard University and in June 1947 received his Master of Arts degree in political science.
He was assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences, United States Military Academy at West Pint until June 1950.

Added by JimO (#46874118)
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14 May 2016
In December 1944, Johnson was boarded onto the Oryoku Maru for transport to Japan. The ship sailed on December 13th and came under attack from American planes on December 14th. As evening approached, the attack was called off. The next day the planes returned and continued the attack. When the pilots saw the large number of men climbing from the ship’s holds, they realized the ship was carrying POWs and called off the attack. After the POWs were off the ship, the attack resumed and the ship was sunk by American planes at Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, on December 15, 1944. The surviving POWs were boarded onto the Enoura Maru which sailed on December 27th and reached Takao, Formosa, by the New Year. While docked it was bombed by American planes on January 9, 1945, killing many of the POWs. On January 12th, the dead were removed from the ship’s holds and buried in a mass grave on Formosa. The surviving POWs were boarded onto the Brazil Maru which sailed on January 13th and reached Japan on January 29, 1945
 
 
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 Parents:
  Tracy Keeler Johnson (1879 - 1963)
  Rose Lunau Johnson (1880 - 1948)
 
 Spouses:
  Katherine Evelyn Downs Johnson (1918 - 1962)
  Mary Elizabeth Dowling Johnson (1916 - 2003)
 
 Children:
  Tracy Keeler Truman Johnson (1950 - 1985)*
 
 Siblings:
  Wilma Adelaide Johnson (1913 - 1918)*
  Chester Lee Chittenden Johnson (1915 - 1997)
  Donald Tracy Johnson (1918 - 1920)*
  Tracy Keeler Johnson (1921 - 1923)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
West Point
Orange County
New York, USA
 
Created by: Don Stowell
Record added: Sep 03, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41509185
MG Chester Lee Chittenden Johnson
Added by: Pam R.
 
MG Chester Lee Chittenden Johnson
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USMA Class of 1937
- SLGMSD
 Added: Nov. 1, 2016

- JimO
 Added: May. 14, 2016

- Papawraith
 Added: Jan. 8, 2010
 
 
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