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Richard V. Johnson Collection

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2014-067

Content Description

The collection consists of items associated and collected by Richard V. Johnson during his service in World War II. Richard Johnson was born February 6, 1923 in Yankton (S.D.) to Ralph and Helen (Wolff) Johnson. Richard was 18 in 1941 when war was declared. His uncle, William Wolff, suggested that Richard finish school and then enlist rather than being drafted. He began his service in March 1943 as an Army corporal who assisted a physician and dentist on a medical team. This team moved into Dachau (Germany) Concentration Camp after the camp was liberated in the spring of 1945. The collection includes various letters from Richard to his family during the war, a Soldbuch or “Soldiers Book” of a German soldier named Heinrich Fries, a short Dachau occupation manuscript, photographs and negatives taken during the war, war newspaper clippings, magazines and maps ca. 1940s, postcards of California, France and War Bonds and a notebook/address book kept by Richard.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1940s


0.25 Cubic Feet