Donald Gordon Johnson


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JOHNSON, Donald Gordon

Donald Gordon Johnson was born on October 29th 1927 to Jergen M. & Martha (Boeck) Johnson in Hibbing, Minnesota.

Mr. Johnson graduated from Northwestern School of Agriculture in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and shortly thereafter, at the age of 17, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.

PVT Johnson served during the end of World War II in the Mediterranean area and also in China and Guam.He steadily moved his way up through the military ranks.

SGT Johnson was part of the "B" Company, 4th Infantry Battalion Marine Reserve unit that was based in Duluth and were sent to Korea in 1950 and 1951. He was a survivor of the 'Chosin Few' Offensive in North Korea when the Chinese entered the war and initiated a major counter-attack.

After the Korean War he returned home and married Grace Martha [Overfors] and they started a family. Donald Johnson served his country for 42 years and was a true patriot. He worked and retired from the military as a Lt. Colonel.

After military retirement he stayed active in military causes. He volunteered for many years at the Veterans Clinic in Superior and for the Luke Air Force Base pharmacy in Phoenix for 15 years. Don was also a member of the Duluth Combined Honor Guard, Duprey Alexander V.F.W. Post No. 137, West Duluth American Legion Post, First Marine Division, and the Reserve Officers Association (TROA) in Duluth.

Mr. Johnson died on February 5th 2002 in Duluth, Minnesota at the age of 74 years. He is buried at Oneota Cemetery in Duluth.


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