Sgt. Albert Johnson

Photo added by JOY RIGGERS

Sgt. Albert Johnson

Sgt Albert Johnson, ASN 37172819, was from Polk County, Minnesota. Polk County is in far northwestern Minnesota. The county seat is Crookston and lies 25 miles southeast of Grand Forks, North Dakota.

The 90th Infantry Division was a typical triangular infantry division with three regiments, the 357th, 358th, and 359th.

Hill 122, the Foret de Monte Castre, was the highest point on the Cotentin Peninsula. German artillery spotters could place artillery barrages anywhere they wanted with their view from the top.

The 90th Infantry was tasked with taking Hill 122 beginning about July 5th, 1944. On July 11, the day that Sgt Johnson was killed, the battle had reached its peak.
The main assault on the hill was made by 1 battalion of the 358th and two battalions of the 359th, both from the 90th Division. By the evening of the 5th they had fought their way to the foot of Hill 122 but it took a further four days to drive the Germans from the hill. It took until July 12th to reach Plessis-Lastelle at enormous cost to both armies, over 5,000 casualties in the 90th Division. To put the battle into perspective, the 90th Division had 26% of all the casualties suffered by the Allied Armies in all theatres of the war during that week. The 3rd Battalion of the 358th Regiment which started with 19 officers and 582 men lost 11 officers and 343 men in a single days fighting.

Note: The NARA WWII Casualty Listings By State and County list Sgt Johnson as KIA. The website Honor States lists him as died as a prisoner of war in German control. The website World War II POW Archive lists him as prisoner of war "died at dressing station unstated" so he must have been mortally wounded, captured, but died at a German aid station.

Bio by: Andy

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Minnesota

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56351335
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt. Albert Johnson (unknown–11 Jul 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56351335, citing Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial, Saint-James, Departement de la Manche, Basse-Normandie, France ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .