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Gilbert Leslie Johnson

Gilbert Johnson

                         Name: Gilbert Leslie Johnson

                         Branch of Service: U.S. Navy

                         Unit: U.S.S. Morrison

                         Rank: Seaman 1st Class

                         Dates of Service: 11/8/1943-5/4/1945
                         Killed in Action when his ship was sunk off
                         Okinawa during WWII.

                         Theater of Service: Asiatic-Pacific

                         Gilbert Johnson's WWII Story


Gilbert Leslie Johnson was born on July 30, 1920, in Scottsville, Albemarle County, Virginia; he was the son of Charles Benjamin Johnson, Sr. (1892-1958) and Ruth (Allen) Johnson (1899-1983).  Gilbert married Frances Marie Nelms on January 29, 1939, in Waynesboro, Augusta County, Virginia.  Gilbert passed away on May 4, 1945, when his ship, the USS Morrison, was attacked by 4 Japanese suicide planes at the battle of Okinawa, Japan.  The Morrison sank in 15 minutes and Gilbert and 151 of his shipmates were lost at sea.  Gilbert's memorial gravestone was placed in Scottsville Cemetery, Scottsville, Virginia.

Gilbert Leslie Johnson Gravestone, Scottsville Cemetery

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