Silas Johnson served in the United States Army during the Second World War. He hailed from Lakota, North Dakota, U.S.A.
Johnson arrived in Northern Ireland on 26th January 1942 aged 21 years old as part of the first contingent of American troops. Fellow soldiers referred to the popular young Sioux soldier as “Si”. The crossing to Northern Ireland was his first ocean voyage, and he was keen to see more of the world, having enlisted straight from high school.