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James O. Johnson, USN

1947 - before their marriage


Sue, Mike and Jim Blackwell


James Oscar Johnson, the son of Francis DeSales & Lucy Edwina (Mattingly) Johnson, was born on August 12, 1926 in Morganza, Maryland.  He joined the Navy at age 17, and from 1943 to August, 1947 was stationed in the South Pacific. He served on the Battleship Wisconsin and the destroyer Macon.

After World War II he married Helen Ruth Lusk on January 16, 1948 in Hyattsville, Maryland.  Helen Ruth Lusk was born on August 16, 1929 in Shelltown, Maryland. Her parents were Thomas William Lusk & Rebecca Emma Bell Lusk.

James  was a heavy construction operator for Arnold Parreco & Sons, Inc. before he retired on January 1, 1989.  He owned and operated his own heavy construction equipment in the 40's and 50's before going to work for Parreco.  He was a member of Local 77 Operating Engineers for over 50 years. His hobbies are camping with the Road Runners of College Park Moose Lodge and working on his cars and trucks.

Helen is a homemaker. Her hobbies are camping with the Road Runners, Crafts, Genealogy and Computers. Helen always made the wedding cakes for the family. She has been working on the family history for 30 years and has traced the Johnson, Lusk and Bell family histories back to the 1700's.

James and his wife reside in Lanham, Maryland, but have also purchased a home in N. Fort Myers, FL and spend the winter months there.

Here they are seen at their 50th Anniversary party with their daughter Sue Blackwell, their son-in-law Mike and oldest grandson, Jim Blackwell.

Children are:

Marilyn Gail  b. Nov. 10, 1948
Thomas Franics b. Oct. 10, 1950
James Michael, Sr. b. Oct. 10, 1950
Sue b. Nov. 8, 1954