Alva Johnson and African Americans in World War II

Eisenhower National Historic Site


Alva Johnson is one of at least a dozen African American servicemen buried in the Gettysburg National Cemetery. From teaching at the historic Storer College to his service in the U.S. Navy, Alva’s life was spent pursuing the “great task” of which Lincoln spoke in his famed Gettysburg Address. Alva was a Seabee who served in the 34th Naval Construction Battalion. He was killed in the Solomon Islands in February 1943. Join Park Ranger Dan Vermilya for Alva’s story.


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