William H. Johnson was born in Jasper, Alabama in 1924. In 1943, he joined the Army, where he served nearly 4 years with the 101st Airborne Division. He fought in three battles during World War II, one of which was the Battle of the Bulge. There he fought in the bitter cold to liberate Belgium from Nazi control. He landed by parachute in Holland after that, where he spent a significant amount of time in combat. Finally, during the Allied takeover of southern Germany, he helped to overtake the Kehlsteinhaus, also known as the Eagle’s Nest, from the Nazis. The Eagle’s Nest was a vacation home for Adolf Hitler until the Allies conquered it.
Listen as Mr. Johnson tells his story of his experiences during World War II.