#6. Melvin Wallace Johnson

Melvin Wallace Johnson

B 10 October 1914  |  Tama, IA, USA

D 18 November 1944  |  Fremonville, France

M 24 June 1942)  |  Atlantic, IA, USA



As a youth, Melvin's mother passed away from cancer. Sometime thereafter, Melvin went to live with his father and new wife, Allie and 2 daughters in Perry, IA. His sister, Evelyn went to live with Augusta "Gus" Schlumbohm, above the Atlantic Cafe, in Atlantic, Iowa, where she worked. Later, Melvin graduated from Central University and married Dorothy Bishop. Eventually, with a degree and able to speak and write several languages, Melvin would decide to enlist in the war effort. The Letters of Private Melvin 
             Wallace Johnson From Camp Wolters, TX, to Ireland, England, to Utah Beach and fighting across France, Melvin would eventually lose his life near Fremonville, France. He fought with the 314th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division. For more information about his time in the service, visit the link to the right.


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Documents

1930 Census
Census

1930 Census

Indicating Alfred F. Johnson - Head, 43, birthplace, Illinois; Allie Johnson - Wife, 40, birthplace, Tennessee; Irene Matheney - daughter, 20, birthplace, Missouri; Bonnie M. Matheney - Stepdaughter, 13, birthplace, Missouri; and Melvin W. Johnson - Son, 15, birthplace, Iowa. Allie was his stepmother. His mother's birthplace is listed as Baden, Germany. Census location listed as Spring Valley, Dallas, Iowa, United States.

District: 0021, Sheet Number and Letter: 17B, Household ID: 195, Line Number: 59, Affiliate Name: NARA, Affiliate Publication Number: T626, GS Film number: 2340386, Digital Folder Number: 004584395, Image Number: 00101

Added by Michael D. Ketchum 11 August 2014
1925 Census
Census

1925 Census

Indicating Alfred F. Johnson - Head, 38; Gladys Johnson, 31; Jeanette Overton, daughter, 12; Melvin W. Johnson, son, 10; Evelyn Johnson, daughter, 8.

Added by Michael D. Ketchum 11 August 2014
1920 Census
Census

1920 Census

Indicating Alfred F. Johnson - Head, 32, birthplace, Illinois; Minnie F. Johnson - Wife, 34, birthplace, Hanover, Germany; Melvin W. Johnson - Son, 5, birthplace, Iowa; Evelyn M. Johnson - Daughter, 2, birthplace, Iowa. Census location listed as Logan, Sioux, Iowa, United States

District: 167 , Sheet Number and Letter: 11A, Household ID: 214, Line Number: 21, Affiliate Name: NARA, Affiliate Publication Number: T625, GS Film number: 1820514, Digital Folder Number: 004300831, Image Number: 00890

Added by Michael D. Ketchum 11 August 2014
1900 Census
Census

1900 Census

Listing Johan B Johnson (56), Newton O Johnson (19), Alpha F Johnson (13), and Albert H Johnson (10).

Added by Michael D. Ketchum 11 August 2014
Birth Certificate  Melvin's Birth Certificate

Showing Melvin Wallace Johnson born in Tama, Iowa on 10 October 1914 to Alpha F. Johnson and Minnie Fay Schlumbohn. Alpha's birthplace is listed as Olney, Illinois and his occupation is listed as a Railroad Trainman. Minnie's birthplace is listed as Germany, occupation as housewife.

Marriage License  Marriage License

License application showing Melvin as a resident of Red Oak, Iowa and Dorothy E. Bishop as a resident of Lewis, Iowa on 23 June 1939. Married in Atlantic, Iowa on 24 June 1939.

Private Melvin W. Johnson Interment Document  Interment Document

Internment document sent to Alfred (Alpha) F. Johnson, residing in the TB Ward at Broadlawns Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, of Private Melvin W. Johnson's permanent internment in Plot B, Row 45, Grave 9 at the Epinal Military Cemetary, 2 February 1949.

Private Melvin W. Johnson Interment Document  Interment Document (2nd)

Second notice of internment sent to Alfred F. Johnson, dated 19 March 1948.

Private Melvin W. Johnson Interment Document  Interment Document (3rd)

Notice of internment and burial location sent to Mrs. Dorothy E. Johnson of Atlantic, Iowa. Dated 9 October 1946.

Private Melvin W. Johnson Induction Document  Induction Document

Induction document indicating that Melvin Wallace Johnson was to report to the Logan, Iowa Courthouse, at 0530 on 12 July 1943 for service.

Private Melvin W. Johnson Western Union wounded notification  Western Union Notification of Wounds

Western Union notice to Dorothy E. Johnson, informing her that her husband was seriously wounded in action in France on 16 November 1944.

Private Melvin W. Johnson Western Union Death Notification  Western Union Notification of Death

Western Union notice to Mrs. Dorothy E. Johnson of Melvin's death, 18 November 1944 in France as a result of wounds.

Private Melvin W. Johnson Purple Heart Letter  Notification of Posthumous Purple Heart

Letter dated 11 January 1945 to Mrs. Dorothy E. Johnson that Melvin W. Johnson was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously for his sacrifice in defense of his service.

Private Melvin W. Johnson General Order 4 - CIB  General Order #4 - Combat Infantry Badge Award

Document from 314th Infantry Headquarters listing all men awarded the Combat Infantry Badge. Private Melvin W. Johnson is listed on the 2nd page. This award later followed with the award of the Bronze Medal.

79th Infantry Letter  79th Infantry Letter

Letter dated 1 February 1945 to Mrs. Dorothy E. Johnson from the 79th Infantry Division Headquarters expressing regret for the loss of her husband, Private Melvin W. Johnson.

Private Melvin W. Johnson Notice of Death Letter  Confirmation of Death Letter

Notice of death letter to Mrs. Dorothy E. Johnson regarding the death of her husband on 18 November 1944, resulting from wounds received on 16 November 1944.

Private Melvin W. Johnson Burial Flag Box  Grave Flag Box

Box in which Melvin's burial flag was sent to his father, Alfred F. Johnson in 1948.

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