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Freedom Fighters: Kenneth Johnson

It's been sixty years since Kenneth Johnson of Hawkinswent into the U.S. Army during World War Two. Although he avoided being wounded, the war left its' mark on Johnson in many ways. Johnson's brother Mayborn was killed in the war about the same time Johnson hit Normandy Beach. But Johnson didn't know about his brother's death for many months, as he marched across France, Holland, Belgium, and Germany with the American forces.

It was at the gates of Berlin that the Americans were pulled back because of an agreement between Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin. The action of letting the Russians go in first probably saved American lives but divided the city in what would come to be known as "The Cold War".

Johnson boarded a ship for home in 1945, and in spite of a wreck in the English Channel when he had to go back and board another shiip, he arrived home safely. Looking back now, Kenneth Johnson says it all seems like a "dream".

Joan Hallmark, Reporting joanhallmark@kltv.com

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