07 January 2015

On This Day: Coatesville hero honored

The Navy is honoring Private George Alfred Johnson, USMC. Johnson was a member of the first Raider battalion. He was killed 9 August 1942 during landing operations on Tulag Island in the Solomon Islands. The Navy named a destroyer escort ship after Johnson, according to the Intelligencer Journal On This Day in 1944. The ship was launched at Bethlehem Steel Company’s yard in Hingham, MA on 12 January 1944. His mother, Mrs. Alfred R. Johnson of 140 East Chestnut Street, Coatesville, was expected to be in attendance.


On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events. I will make every effort to keep events localized to that of my research or research I am conducting for others. However, from time to time, it will simply be a subject that captured my attention.


© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.