Correctional Officer John W. Johnson

Correctional Officer John W. Johnson

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, September 29, 1974

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John W. Johnson

Correctional Officer John Johnson was stabbed to death at USP Leavenworth in Leavenworth, Kansas.

While locking up inmates for the night at 9:00 pm one of the men struck him with a large piece of strap steel, knocking him to the ground. When another officer came to his aid the inmate stabbed him. The inmate then stabbed Officer Johnson 117 times.

Officer Johnson had served with the Federal Bureau of Prison for eight months. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 8 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Location Kansas
  • Weapon Edged weapon
  • Offender Not available

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Rest in Peace

I ask one thing - that in still, far-off days,
Someone who knew me should in their daily rounds,
Suddenly pause, caught by some sight or sound,
Some glance, some phrase, some trick of memory's ways
which brings me to mind, then I shall wait,
eager with hope, perhaps to hear -
“how great if he were with us still!”
And then at the end, all that I wish for is just -
“he was my friend!”

From “A Soldier's Epitaph” by David McNicholl

N Elias
Federal Law Enforcement Officer, USDOJ
Former Security Police Officer, USAF

May 28, 2017

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