In Memory of
U.S. Army Private New Effington, South Dakota
Roberts County

October 9, 1931 – November 28, 1950
Killed in Action in Korea

Alfred Leroy Johnson was born in New Effington, South Dakota, on October 9, 1931, to Mr. Peter and Mrs. Gilma Johnson. Alfred farmed with his parents before entering the service.

Alfred Leroy Johnson enlisted into the U.S Army and entered active service on March 31, 1950, at Sioux Falls. Private Alfred was a cannoneer in Battery A, 57th Field Artillery Battalion (a 105-MM Howitzer Battalion), 7th Infantry Division, and went overseas on August 1, 1950.

Private Alfred Leroy Johnson was killed in action while fighting the enemy near the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea on November 28, 1950. A small notice in the Bennett County Booster II, dated January 4, 1951, listed Private Alfred Leroy Johnson of Hammer as killed in action in North Korea. It is believed that his body was recovered but not returned to the U.S. for burial. He is thought to be buried at the United Nations Cemetery in South Korea.

Private Alfred Leroy Johnson was awarded the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Chantelle Rae Janke, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota on August 1, 2004. The American Battle Monuments Commission, the South Dakota National Guard Museum, the Bennett Co. Booster II, and an application for a SD veteran’s bonus provided information for this entry. No family contact made.