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Francis “Pop” Johnson
Waterbury, CT
ca. 1940s
Francis “Pop” Johnson enlisted in 1942 but wasn’t sent overseas until the end of the war. He served in the China Burma India theater and rose rapidly from sergeant to corporal.
His scrapbook — a preformatted album entitled His Service Record — was an oversized, hardbound memory book that interspersed wartime chronologies with blank pages. Published in 1942, it was described as “a book for which many have long felt a need, a book that will become increasingly valuable with age.” Rare was the soldier who filled everything in—and when entries were made, they were brief and perfunctory. Included here are Johnson’s Good Conduct Medal, his dog tags, money in multiple denominations, and a set of identification papers that include a full set of fingerprints.

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