Portrait of MAJ Darren Johnson

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MAJ Darren Johnson

Assistant Professor

Department of History Head Counselor



MAJ Darren Johnson was born in Tucson, Arizona and graduated from Corban University in 2008. He completed basic training and Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning (known as Fort Moore since 2023), Georgia in 2011 where he commissioned as an infantry officer. His first assignment was with 3-15 Infantry Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division where he served as a rifle platoon leader and company executive officer. He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as an infantry platoon leader to Wardak Province, Afghanistan in 2013. After graduating from the Maneuver Captains Career Course, MAJ Johnson was assigned to 3-509th Infantry Battalion (Airborne), 4th Brigade, 25th Infantry Division where he served as an operations officer, and company commander for Dog Company and Headquarters and Headquarters Company. He deployed in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel as a company commander to Kabul, Afghanistan from 2017-2018. Following company command, he attended graduate school at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida and earned an MA in History. He currently serves as an instructor at West Point in the Department of History. He lives on West Point with his wife and children.

Publications & Presentations

Bernice Vaughn collection, Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. https://archives.lib.fsu.edu/repositories/6/resources/1848

"Beyond the Front Page: American Soldiers Encountering Nazi Atrocities and Liberation in World War II." Master’s Thesis. The Florida State University: ProQuest Publishing, 2021

“Triumph and Tragedy: The American Military Experience at Dachau.” Louisiana State University Graduate History Conference. Baton Rouge, Louisiana. March 5-6, 2021

“Biscari Airfield: An American War Crime in World War II.” 88th Annual The Society for Military History Conference. Fort Worth, Texas. April 27th – May 1st, 2022

Book review of Why We Fight: New Approaches to the Human Dimension of Warfare, edited by Robert C. Engen, H. Christian Breede, and Allan English, Journal of Military History, Vol. 86 No. 1 (January 2022) 216-18

 Book review of Keilson, Hans. 1944 Diary. H-War, H-Net Reviews, March 2022

Book review of Sent by the Iron Sky: The legacy of an American Parachute Battalion in World War II, by Ian Gardner. Michigan War Studies Review, 2022-053, 18 May 2022

Darren Johnson and Claudio Innocenti, The West Point Guide to the Campaigns of World War II: Sicily. New York, NY: Rowan Technology Solutions, 2022

Book Review of Unsung Heroes of the Dachau Trials: The Investigative Work of the U.S. Army 7708 War Crimes Group, 1945-1947. H-War, H-Net Reviews, July 2023

Johnson, Darren. “Studying Operation Husky & Learning Hard Lessons in Sicily”. Why we Fight, 1943. Podcast audio. July 27, 2023

Johnson, Darren. “The Biscari Massacre”. Why we Fight, 1943. Podcast audio. July 27, 2023