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Roy L. Johnson

Military Person

Roy L. Johnson Admiral Roy Lee Johnson (March 18, 1906 – March 20, 1999) served as Commander-in-Chief, United States Pacific Fleet, from 1965–1967. In his previous post as Commander, United States Seventh Fleet, he gave the orders to the Maddox (DD-731) and Turner Joy (DD-951) to return fire, in what became known as the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. Admiral Johnson was the first captain of the Forrestal (CVA-59) first of the new supercarriers, commissioned in 1955. Born in Eunice, Louisiana to John Edward Johnson and the former Hetty Mae Long, Admiral Johnson was the eldest of 12 children. He was appointed to the United States Naval Academy as a Midshipman on June 15, 1925. At Annapolis he played varsity baseball and was on the staff of academy yearbook, the Lucky Bag. He graduated from the Naval Academy on June 6, 1929 and married the former Margaret Louise Gross (November 26, 1910 – July 4, 1998), on the same day. His first assignment as a junior officer was aboard the battleship Tennessee (BB-43). In May 1930, he was transferred to the battleship West Virginia (BB-48) for duty on the Staff of Commander Battleship Divisions, Battle Fleet. During 1930, he underwent preliminary flight training at the  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
Roy Johnson
Date of birth
1906-03-18
Place of birth
Eunice

Education

Institution From To
United States Naval Academy

Death

Date of death
1999-03-20

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