Father, Raymond J. Johnson, son of
Nancy (Fagan) Johnson, was born on March 24, 1921 and died on May 10,
1996. He married my mother, Florence Virginia
Smith on July 2,
1945. They truly were part of the
generation." My Dad served in
World War II as a turret gunner and flight engineer on a Consolidated B-24 Liberator
with the 8th AF,
446th BG. He was awarded the Air Medal with two oak leave
Discharge papers (see left) show he arrived in the ETO in November of
1944. After the war he returned home and worked most of his life
for Bendix Radio Corporation. He was very soft spoken and I can't
remember him ever raising his voice to me. (I may be biased but he
was the finest father any son could wish for). He truly was a fine
gentleman in the best sense of that word.
His nickname was
"Tip." However, none of his brothers or my Dad could ever remember
why they called him "Tip." He died on May 10, 1996 as a result of
complications from Parkinson's disease. He is sorely missed by all
who had the honor of knowing him.
Discharge Papers for Raymond J.