GEORGE A JOHNSON DE 583
Ship Name and Designation History
This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.
- Rudderow Class Destroyer Escort
- USS GEORGE A. JOHNSON DE-583 Commissioned 15 April 1944 - Decommissioned 31 May 1946
- USS GEORGE A. JOHNSON DE-583 Placed "In Commission, In Reserve" 29 September 1950, assigned to NRT
Keel Laid 24 November 1943 - Launched 12 January 1944
Assigned August 1946 as 12th Naval District, San Diego Training Ship
Decommissioned September 1957
Stricken 1 November 1965
Sold 19 September 1966 for scrap
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Censored WWII use
USS GEORGE A. JOHNSON earned the China Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle star, the European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Philippine Liberation Medal (2 awards) during her Naval career.
NAMESAKE - Private George Alfred Johnson, USMC (26 September 1922 - 9 August 1942).
Johnson enlisted in the US Marine Corps 28 January 1942. He served at Parris Island, SC and Quantico, VA before sailing for the Pacific in April 1942. Attached to the 1st Marine Raider Battalion, Private Johnson participated in the invasion of Tulagi, Solomon Islands, 7 August 1942. During mop-up operations 2 days later, his squad came under rifle fire from a sniper’s nest in a nearby cave. Private Johnson rushed to the mouth of the cave and continued to throw in grenades until he was killed, allowing his squad to advance. For his indomitable fighting spirit and outstanding bravery, Private Johnson was posthumously awarded the Silver Star Medal and the Purple Heart medal.
The ships sponsor was Mrs. Alfred R. Johnson, Private Johnson's mother.
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