U.S. Marine Corp
Born: Aug 17, 1921
Killed in Action -
July 12, 1967 (45)
Tustin Military Heroes
John Harry Johnson, Sergeant Major, HQ CO, HQ BN,
1ST MARDIV, III MAF
Killed in Action - Vietnam July 12, 1967
My father served in the U.S. Marine Corps and fought
in WWII on Guadalcanal, in the Korean War and in Vietnam
where he was killed on July 12, 1967. He received
the Bronze Star posthumously and we found out after
his memorial service that he was designated to become
the next Sgt. Major of the Marine Corps which is the
highest ranking enlisted man and would serve with
the Commandant of the Marine Corps in Washington D.C.
He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery and of
course his name is on the "Wall", the Vietnam Memorial.
We had interesting ties to Tustin beginning in late
1940's when our home was half a quonset hut on what
is now the OC Rescue Mission site. That is where I
had my first Christmas in 1948.
In 1965 after being stationed in Pearl Harbor HI we
found ourselves back in Tustin, this time living in
housing on what is now the Tustin Legacy property.
From 1966-67 we lived in a rented home near Columbus
Tustin Middle School until his death in July. He was
the oldest serviceman from Orange County to die in
the Vietnam War, one month shy of his 46th birthday.
I truly hope that the opportunity may arise
where he could be honored along with the other "Street
President Blue Buoy Swim School
H. Johnson is on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
at Panel 23E, Line 60 www.virtualWall.org
to Location on VertualWall.org
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