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Interviewer: Did anyone in your family serve in World War II? Johnson: I had an uncle—not two—oh, my brother made a career of World War II? Interviewer: Your brother? He’s older? Johnson: No, he was younger. I’m the oldest, but he stayed in twenty-five, thirty years, twenty-something years. That was all he did. He made a career of it, but I don’t think any other close—I had an uncle in World War I. Basically, my brother. Interviewer: Just your brother. Johnson: I had considered it but here again, opportunities were limited. I didn’t make the grade that I wanted in order to make a career out of it, so I decided to come on back to school and go to teaching.

Interview Interview with James E. Johnson
Subjects Family
Work › Occupations
Historic Periods
Historic Periods › Jim Crow Period
Historic Periods › 1941-1945
Military › World War II
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Interview date 2015-07-21
Interview source CRBB Summer 2015
Interviewees Johnson, James E.
Interviewers Acuña-Gurrola, Moisés
Bynum, Katherine
Duration 00:01:12
Citation "Family Serving in the Military," from James E. Johnson oral history interview with Moisés Acuña-Gurrola and Katherine Bynum,  July 21, 2015, Prairie View, TX , Civil Rights in Black and Brown Interview Database,, accessed December 01, 2020