April, 2012
Richard Vinson Johnson - Featured Vet for April, 2012
Featured Veteran
Richard Vinson Johnson

Branch of
United States Army
Era: WWII, Korea
Units Served: Co. I, 2nd Btn., 17th Inf. Rgmt., 7th Div.
CO. E, 17th Inf. Rgmt., 7th Div.
6th Army Hq. Co., 17th Inf. Rgmt., 7th Inf. Div.
MOS: 39149807 - Enlisted
02103065/67 - Officer
Medals: Army of Occupation Medal - Korea
Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal
Bronze Star w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters w/V
Bronze Star w/Cluster, GO 14 7th Inf. Div.
CIB - MM M1 Rifle, 44 Exp.
CIB w/Star
Commendation Medal
Good Conduct Medal
Korean Service Medal
Korean Presidential Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Purple Heart -
  Okinawa YAEJU-DAKE Escarpment
Purple Heart w/Cluster - Sokkogae, Korea
ROKWSM Medal - 50th Anniversary
  Korean Presidential Medal
United Nations Service Medal
WWII Victory Medal
Battles and
Western Pacific GO 33 WD 45
Mr. Johnson and his younger brother, David "Big Bear" Johnson, are the founders of the San Joaquin River Intertribal Heritage Educational Corporation, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to bring cultural awareness and education to children and adults, alike.

In the past ten years, they have not only brought their dream to fruition in teaching and mentoring students, the Board who has decided to donate 120 acres of land to our veterans for a place to rehabilitate and heal through art, will continue to carry on their dream.
See: http://www.intertribalcenter.org

Mr. Johnson passed away April 1, 2012 in CA surrounded by his family.

America's Veterans wishes to thank Richard for his unwavering support of our veterans and for the role he played as our Honorary Board Member. He will truly be missed.
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Photographs by Peggy Fontenot