Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
September 13, 1904 at Columbia, MO
Entered Service in the US
Army Air Corps from Moline, KS
10, 1997 at the age of 93
Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on
August 01, 1943 at Ploesti, Rumania
Johnson led a mass low-level B-24 bombing attack against the
vital enemy oil refineries at Ploesti, Rumania on August 1,
1943. His formation became separated from the main force due to
adverse weather. Continuing with this reduced force, he
discovered that the target assigned his group had already been
attacked. Though losing the advantage of surprise, Colonel
Johnson elected to continue the attack. Despite the now-alerted
ground and air defenses, danger from exploding delayed-action
bombs, and from oil fire explosions, and harassed by intense
smoke which restricted his visibility, Colonel Johnson gallantly
led his formation across the target, inflicting severe loss to
the enemy's vital oil resources.
(NOTES: Other Medals of Honor awarded for the Ploesti bombing
raid included: Addison Baker, Lloyd Hughes, John Jerstad, and