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Johnson Wood papers

 Collection — Box: Single Folder Collections - 2001 Box, Folder: 01.0397 - Folder 1
Identifier: 02.01.0397

Scope and Contents

This collection relates to Staff Sergeant Johnson Wood's experiences during World War II as a machine gunner in the 100th Infantry Division, 398th Regiment, Company K. His papers include a lengthy and detailed oral history transcript, poems, and a short manuscript. These materials focus on his actions and thoughts during the war, as well as World War II in public memory and his personal relationships with friends and family.


  • 1943-1999
  • Majority of material found in 1943-1947
  • Date acquired: 09/20/2001


Language of Materials

English .

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical or Historical Information

Johnson Wood was born in Williamsburg, New York on April 16, 1925. Wood grew up on Long Island and graduated high school in 1943. Soon after he joined the 100th Infantry Division, 398th Regiment, Company K, as a rifleman and machine gunner.

He was inducted at Camp Upton in New York and trained at Fort Benning in Georgia, Citadel Military College, and Fort Bragg in North Carolina. He had a close friend named Jan Johnson who was in company I of his regiment with whom he celebrated various milestones occurring at similar times. During the Vosges Campaign, he aided in relieving the 45th Division in 1944. Wood then received a Bronze Star along the Maginot Line at the Battle of Bitche.

Soon after he was shot in the knee during a skirmish with the Germans and was sent to a military hospital in April of 1945. He was transferred to a hospital in Nancy, France and was awarded a Purple Heart. Once he was fully healed he met up with his unit in Schwabisch-Gmund, Germany. In mid-1945 he visited Dachau and a few displaced person camps in Germany. He stayed in Germany supervising prisoners of war, including members of the SS and returned home in 1947. He was reluctant to leave because he had a German girlfriend that he was very close to. He was discharged as a Staff Sergeant and used the GI Bill for college. In the late 1990's he moved to Crawfordville, Florida. Johnson Wood passed away on March 18th, 2018 at the age of 92 years old.


1.00 folders

Source of Acquisition

Reichelt Oral History Program

Method of Acquisition


Johnson Wood papers 02.01.0397
Julianna Witt
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository

Tallahassee FL 32306 US