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S/Sgt Ralph W. Johnson
Right Gunner

My dad returned to Brooklyn, New York and took a job with Kellogg Company as a draftsman.

He eventually met my mother (Louada Farnham) and they began dating. They married in June of 1948, moved to Long Island and had six children, 3 boys and 3 girls.

In 1959, we moved to San Fernando Valley, California for approximately 18 months as my dad was sent out there on a special assignment by Kellogg Company to work on designing controls for defense missiles. Following the conclusion of this assignment, we returned to Long Island, and in 1961 relocated to Miami, Florida.

In Florida, My dad worked for H. J. Ross & Associates as a design engineer. He loved his work and made many significant contributions. He was especially proud of his work on missile controls.

Unfortunately, he passed away on March 12, 1976 at the very young age of 50. He was diagnosed with acute hepatitis. Back then, liver transplants did not exist.

I was 21 at the time that he died and we were quite close. He was not only the best father in the whole world (in my opinion), but he was a loving and caring husband. He had a strong work ethic and instilled great qualities in all of us children. He was very patient and had a wonderful sense of humor.

I remember him telling stories about WW II; he was quite proud of his accomplishments. I wish I had listened more intently to those stories.


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