In Memory of
U.S. Army Sergeant Humboldt, South Dakota
Minnehaha County

September 26, 1929 – August 10, 1950
Killed in Action in Korea

Richard Allen Johnson was born September 26, 1929, in Humboldt, South Dakota, to Henry and Pauline Johnson. He had one brother, Walter. His father died in 1932, and his mother later married Art Diede. Richard went to school at Humboldt High School and then worked for the Wilson Truck System and Acme Concrete Co. before enlisting in the army.

Richard Allen Johnson entered active service in the U.S. Army around July of 1947. He was a member of the 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division when he was shipped overseas. Sergeant Johnson was cited for valor in July of 1950 for “helping carry out 21 wounded buddies in the withdrawal from Taejon.”

On August 10, 1950, U. S. Army Sergeant Richard Allen Johnson was reported missing in action, some twenty days after he had received his major citation. Later Sergeant Johnson’s body was recovered and he was listed as killed in action in South Korea. His body was later returned to the United States and he was buried with military honors at Hills of Rest Cemetery in Sioux Falls.

Richard Allen Johnson was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal.

At the time of Sergeant Richard Allen Johnson’s death, he was survived by his mother, Pauline Diede, his stepfather, Art Diede, and his brother, Walter Johnson.

I will remember the service and sacrifice of Army Sergeant Richard Allen Johnson.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Kelsey Taylor Bosworth, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, May 12, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by South Dakota National Guard Museum, obituaries, and veteran’s bonus application. No family contact made.