World War I Soldiers Remembered: Norman Ira Johnson

20 Jul

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Norman Ira Johnson was born February 6, 1890 in Goochland. His father was George Henry Johnson and his mother was Virginia Lee Fitzgerald. He was a 27-year-old box maker with Alleghany Box Factory when he was drafted on May 27, 1918. According to his Registration Card, we know he was single, tall and had brown eyes and black hair.

He was inducted into service on June 12, 1918 at Camp Lee, Virginia. He left Newport News, Virginia and arrived at Brest France on August 12, 1918. Shortly after he arrived in France, he was sent to the front where he served for the duration of the war. He first went into battle in September of 1918 and was in place for the Battle of Argonne Forest (Meuse-Argonne Offensive). He got sick while in France and spent most of October and November in different hospitals. About the effects upon himself of overseas experience, he wrote “was made sick and kept sick”.

He arrived back in the United States aboard the Saxonia when it docked on February 7, 1919 in New York. He was discharged from service at Camp Lee on March 12, 1919. He wrote in his war record “wasn’t exactly scared but had a very disagreeable feeling, and was glad when I got out…I don’t regret going but would rather not go back, but would go, if necessary”.

He returned to carpentry after the war. He married a girl named Blanche Lavelon Dupuy and had 2 children. He passed away on June 9, 1939 and is buried in Oakwood cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.

If you have any photographs of World War I service men and women from Goochland, please contact the Goochland County Historical Society. We would love to scan your photographs and add them to the World War I Commemorative Collection. Contact us at 804-556-3966 or at goochlandhistory@comcast.net.

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