Albert E. Johnson
Biography: Albert E. Johnson was born on November 5, 1920, in Berwick, Maine. He is the son of Dana Johnson and Carrie Ridley and attended Alfred Elementary and High School in Alfred, ME, graduating in 1939. After graduation, Albert worked as a truck driver.
Service Time: Albert entered the service on August 31, 1942, at Portland, Maine, and was assigned to Company C of the 771st Tank Destroyer Battalion. On November 20, 1944, while engaged in combat with Tiger Mark VI's near Gereonsweiler and Apweiler, Germany, Albert was in position as radio operator when his TD was hit and he was wounded. Crew-mate Sidney Bernstein was killed, but the other members of the crew, Wayne Walden and TD Commander Louis Klein, both survived. Walden and Klein were awarded the Silver Star for their actions during the conflict. Albert received the Purple Heart and left the service as a Private First Class.
Albert returned to the U.S. and found work as a plastics inspector. On June 21, 1946, he married the former Rita Babcock, who was born in Sanford, Maine, and was the daughter of Walter Babcock and Grace Ridlon. The couple made their residence in Alfred, Maine, and had one son, David, in 1947. When he wasn't working, Albert enjoyed playing the mandolin and was a member of the American Legion.
I want to thank Albert's son, David, for providing this information and photo of his dad.