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Harold R. Johns

Submitted by: Alice L. Luckhardt

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Harold R. Johns served in World War One with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known August 1917 to September 30, 1918.

 

Harold R. Johns, the son of Morris and Augusta Johns, born in Stuart, Florida in September 1895. Soon after the US entered the war, Harold enlisted, June 1917, reporting to service by August with special engineering training at Camp Wheeler and Camp Hancock during the following nine months. Private Johns was sent overseas May 18, 1918 with the U.S. Army, Company E, 103rd engineers, 28th Division.

There was considerable military action across France during the next few months. Harold dodged many bullets until September 27, 1918, when he was wounded near the town of Varennes, during the battles at Meuse-Argonne or 'No Man's Land' as it was often described.


Earlier that month an American Red Cross volunteer, Amy Robbins Ware, had arrived at the Army Field Hospital, No. 41, which was under continuous enemy fire. She tended to the mental and physical needs of the soldiers arriving hourly for treatment. One such soldier requiring medical care in late September was Harold R. Johns of Stuart, Florida. Private Johns was one of the soldiers nursed by Amy Ware for three long agonizing days until his death on September 30th from battle wounds.

Harold was buried in a military grave in France, but the body was transported back to Stuart in July 1921. Flags in town flew at half-mast all day Wednesday, July 20 and Thursday, the 21st. A full military honor ceremony was held that Thursday after which Harold was buried at Fernhill Cemetery.

The local Legion Post was established June 1, 1919 to benefit veterans and families, named Harold Johns American Legion Post 62.

 

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