Wiert G. Johnson



Born: 3 Mar 1909
Died: 27 Dec 1993




The Army has awarded a bronze star medal for “meritorious conduct in operations against the enemy” in the European theater to W. G. Johnson, Central high school commercial law instructor, who served with the Red Cross from January 1943, until last fall when he resumed teaching here.

The citation covers the period between July 1944 and May 1945. At the beginning of that time, Mr. Johnson was assigned to the Sixth armored division. In January 1945, he was transferred to the Third army headquarters, then in Luxembourg. He returned to this country October 11, and resumed teaching November 26, 1945.

Mr. Johnson went overseas in February, 1944. He had been teaching at Central high school since 1939. He is a graduate of Iowa State Teachers College and the University of Iowa, from which he received an M.A. Degree. He also studied at the University of Denver. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson live at 2103 Rebecca street.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, Tuesday, March 5, 1946


Source: Sioux City Journal, March 8, 1945

Note: This is not a particular photograph of W.G. Johnson, but this picture does portray a fellow who served with the Red Cross under fire in Europe during WWII. Notice the big Red Cross emblem on the backside of the fellow's vest. This was to help identify the Aide personnel. And the enemy as a general rule was not suppose to target anyone wearing the Red Cross.