Rudolph Johnson comes home

| March 21, 2018 | 25 Comments

We get the news today that Private Rudolph Johnson, a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 365th Infantry Regiment, 92nd Infantry Division who was killed in Italy on February 1, 1945, has come home to Arkansas. Hondo told us that his earthly remains had been identified in August.

The Texarkana Gazette tells us that he will be buried on Friday at Arkansas State Veteran’s Cemetery, Little Rock, Ark after a memorial ceremony on Thursday.

Hicks Funeral Home tells the story of his life and of his service in the all-African-American 92nd Infantry Division.

Private Johnson’s unit initially reported him Missing in Action (MIA) on 6 February 1945. With no additional information regarding his whereabouts, the U.S. Army changed his status for MIA to Killed in Action (KIA) on 21 February 1945. Private Rudolph Johnson gave his life for his country at the age of 19.

He has two brothers and three sisters to welcome him home.

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  1. RGR 4-78 says:

    Welcome home Private Rudolph Johnson, may you Rest in Peace and your family find solace in your return.

  2. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Florence American Cemetery, in Italy, spans some 70 acres and a sweeping hillside is the resting place for thousands of America’s Fallen. This is where Rudolph Johnson’s lay for decades, one of the 1,409 Americans whose identity was unknown. His name will remain there, on the tablet of the missing, but a rosette will now be placed beside it to signify that he has been identified. Tomorrow, there is a funeral service for him. At long last, he is home. Forever 19. Welcome home, son.

  3. NHSparky says:

    Rest easy, sir.

  4. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Welcome Home Fallen Warrior, and Rest In Peace.

  5. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    Amazing we are still bringing them home. God Bless the US of America, this warrior and his family.

  6. OWB says:

    Welcome home, sir. May your family find peace in your return.

    Rest easy now. Your journey is finally over.

  7. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    Welcome Home, Rudolph Johnson… thank you for your service and sacrifice.

  8. Ex-PH2 says:

    A fine young man, lost too soon in life.

    Welcome home, Mr. Johnson.

  9. SgtM says:

    Welcome back soldier.

  10. Thunderstixx says:

    Welcome home to a man that fought two wars at the same time.
    Your country is forever grateful for the fight you gave to rid the Earth of the evils of Naziism and segregation.
    I wonder if they gave him a ceremony that was different because he was black. What a horrible way to be remembered.
    At least we can right that wrong today.
    Welcome home Sir, mission accomplished.

  11. LIRight says:

    The headline to this story blew me away! Rudolf Johnson!

    Early 1968 a crewmate on my armored vehicle in the 11th ACR, Rudolf Johnson (an African American and a helluva good soldier and good guy) from LI, NY was shot in the face by an NVA AK-47 round earning him his fourth Purple Heart and a ticket to CONUS. I’ve been looking for him for years – no luck.


    Welcome home and Rest In Peace.

  13. Sparks says:

    Welcome home Brother. Rest in peace in your home soil. God be with your family.

  14. Dean says:

    Welcome home A grateful country honors your return. R.I.P.

  15. Green Thumb says:

    Welcome home and rest well.

  16. OldSoldier54 says:

    Welcome home, Brother. See you in a while.

  17. UpNorth says:

    A belated welcome home, now rest in peace, brother.

  18. Hondo says:

    Welcome home, elder brother-in-arms. Rest easy.

  19. Dean says:

    Welcome home A great full country honors your return. R.I.P.

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