Private Glenn L. Johnson

World War II

US Marine Corps
Service Number: 00341703
Born: About 1917
Inducted: January 12, 1942, Oregon
Killed in action January 28, 1944 on New Britain Island
Buried: Plot D, Row 12, Grave 121
   Manila American Cemetery, Philippines

Son of Frank and Annie Johnson of Akron.

Manila AC

Photo by ABMC Staff

Akron News-Reporter April 13, 1944

Lexington Survivor is Killed in Action

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Johnson received a telegram last Thursday, which stated that their son, Glenn, had been killed in action. In all probability he met death in the south Pacific, as his address was San Francisco.

Glenn was on the ill-fated Lexington, (the) big U.S. aircraft carrier when she was sunk in the Coral sea, early in May 1942, and was one of the last to leave the ship before it sunk, as a result of fuel supply explosions, after the terrific aerial attack by Japanese bombers.

Glenn was 26 years old and enlisted in the marines at Corvalis, Ore. Jan 12, 1942. After his basic training in San Diego, he was stationed for one and a half months at Pearl Harbor, before being assigned to the Lexington as a member of a marine gun crew.

Beside his parents and brothers and sisters, he leaves a wife in California, and other relatives.

It was his tragic destiny, after his harrowing experiences aboard the Lexington, to be called upon to give his life on another field of battle.

Akron News-Reporter April 27, 1944

Glen Johnson Killed at Cape Gloucester

In a letter from the government to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Johnson they were informed that their son, Glen, had met death on Jan. 28 and was buried Jan. 30.

Glen was a marine and was killed at Cape Gloucester on New Britain. He was buried on that island.

No doubt a more detailed account of the circumstances surrounding the death of their son will be received by the bereaved parents in the near future.


Glenn Johnson photograph is from The War Years and The People of Washington County, Francis and Billie Jessie, published 1993, by Curtis Media.

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