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James P. Johnson

Rank: 
Lieutant Colonel
Branch of Service: 
Army
County of Residence: 
Perry
State of Residence: 
Kentucky
Year of Birth: 
1927
Year of Death: 
October 1970
Years at Eastern: 
1966-1968

Jimmy Johnson grew up in Hazard Kentucky and joined the Infantry at age 18 in October 1945.  He served with the occupation foreces in Germany and gained the rank of sergeant.  After leaving the service he attended EKU for a while where he was friends with Charles Richardson.    He was an infantry sergeant in the National Guard and returned to the active duty with the Army as an officer in May 1952.  He served in Germany, Korea, was the XO of 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry, 199th Infantry Braidge in Vietnam, and the Battalion Commander of 5th Battalion, 31st Infantry at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1968.  LTC Johnson died in an auto accident outside of Columbus, Georgia in October 1970.  

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