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  PFC Gudmund Christopher Johnson Jr.    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"

King Company
35th Infantry Regiment
Korean War

"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

National Defense Service Medal Korean Service Medal United Nations Korean Service Medal Republic of Korea War Service Medal

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Gudmund Christopher Johnson Jr., RA17260597, who died in the service of his country on November 28th, 1950 in KURYONG RIVER - YONGBYON, North Korea. The cause of death was listed as Captured-Died POW. At the time of his death Gudmund was 21 years of age. He was from Red Wing, Minnesota. Gudmund's Military Occupation Specialty was 4745-Light Weapons Infantryman.

The decorations earned by PFC Gudmund Christopher Johnson Jr. include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Korea Service Medal, and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

Corporal Johnson was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was taken Prisoner of War by Chinese forces while protecting the withdrawal of friendly troops across the Kuryong River near Yongbyon, North Korea on November 28, 1950 and died while a prisoner on July 31, 1951. His remains were initially not recovered. Corporal Johnson was awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Prisoner of War Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

My Uncle "Sonny" as he was called by his three surviving sisters was called Johnnie or Little John by his friends. My mother and her sisters know very little about their brother's time spent as a POW in Korea. He was captured 11-28-1950. If any one has any memories of him please contact me at rosv@worldnet.att.net and I will forward the information to Sonny's sisters. (Cathy Rosvold)

Gudmund's remains were identified on 08/27/1919. Funeral plans are pending.

According to information provided by the Army to Johnson's family, he was captured by on Nov. 28, 1950. He and 22 others were then held temporarily in Sinuiju, a North Korean city on the Chinese border. Johnson was then moved to Camp No. 5 in Pyoktong, which is about 60 miles North of Sinuiju. Johnson died there July 31, 1951.