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Richard C. Johnson oral history

Identifier: C MSS OH287

Scope and Contents

The interview provides information and personal observations about Johnson's experiences: joining the Mountain Troops prior to the formation of the 10th Mountain Division; being an ROTC commissioned officer from N.M.; serving as a ski trainer at Camp Hale; Kiska Island invasion; good military training at Camp Swift, Tex.; sailing to Italy on the USS West Point; officer's view of war activities at Mount Gorgolesco, Belvedere, and the Po Valley; being promoted to Executive Officer at Po replacing Major Skinner; Lake Garda as a pleasant place after the German surrender.


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Language of Materials

Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Richard C. Johnson was born on August 19, 1915 in Las Vegas, N.M. He graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in agriculture and a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant through their ROTC program (1926). Johnson was called to active duty on February 1, 1942. After eight months service with the 82nd Division, Johnson was transferred to the 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment at Fort Lewis, Wash. where he served as commanding officer of several different companies, finally serving as Executive Officer of the 1st Battalion. He also participated in the invastion of Kiska Island and during combat operations in Italy. In June 1945, he transferred to the 85th Infantry Regiment before being released from active duty in December. Johnson received two Bronze Star medals, and attained the rank of Major.


1 videodiscs (DVD)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

GIft;Richard Johnson;2007.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

Forms part of the 10th Mountain Division Resource Center Collection.

Finding Aid for the Richard C. Johnson oral history,2007[videorecording]
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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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