Johnson, Donald, LT

Limited Duty Officer
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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Current/Last Primary NEC
619X-Limited Duty Officer - Surface Communications
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Limited Duty Officer
Primary Unit
1990-1991, 619X, USS Independence (CV-62)
Previously Held NEC
RM-2305-Satellite Communications Operator (AN/MSC-46-AN/TSC-54)
RM-2342-Teletype Repairman
Service Years
1969 - 1992
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Operation Desert Storm
Cold War
Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club
Order of the Shellback
Persian Excursion

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Shellback Persian Gulf Yacht Club Cold War Medal

Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Persian Excursion LDO/CWO Cold War Veteran

Cold War Veteran

 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval InstitutePost 182Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)Post 2333, Simmons-Sheldon Post
Post 1776United States Navy Radioman Association (USNRMA)
  1983, United States Naval Institute [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1992, American Legion, Post 182 (Member) (Suisun City, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1992, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1994, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 2333, Simmons-Sheldon Post (Member) (Suisun City, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2006, American Veterans (AMVETS), Post 1776 (Member) (Independence, Oregon) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2010, United States Navy Radioman Association (USNRMA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
I had pastored a small rural non-denominational Christian church in Oregon for six years. 

I am newly married to a beautiful Christian woman.

I have four daughters and nine grandchildren (eight surviving). 

Some of the things that I am doing in this latter part of my life
     * a writer and professional speaker
     * published five books, 2 Christian inspirational and 3 Navy books

After retiring from the Navy in January 1992, I worked as an information technology consultant for 12 years. It was at that time that I decided to turn my life in another direction. The Lord brought me to where I am today.  God called me to pastor a church.
Other Comments:
The titles to each of my books are:

Christian Books

Faith, Family, Friends

Am I A Good Daddy? Becoming A Family Man

Navy Books

It Wasn't Just a Job; It Was An Adventure

American Sailor: More Adventures To Go With the Job

American Sailors and United States Marines at War and Peace: Navy Sea Stories and Marine Corps Legacies

You can view them at and go to the bookstore and do a search on author - Donald Johnson -- and they will all come up. 

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1969, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL), 399
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Advancement Schools and CoursesUSS Guadalupe (AO-32)USS Passumpsic (AO-107)NAVCOMSTA Guam
US NavyUSS Peoria (LST-1183)NAVCAMS EASTPACNaval Security Group Activity (NSGA) Adak, AK
USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3)Naval Telecommunications Center (NTCC)USS Independence (CV-62)
  1969-1970, RM-0000, (RM) Radioman A School
  1970-1971, RM-0000, USS Guadalupe (AO-32)
  1971-1971, RM-0000, USS Passumpsic (AO-107)
  1971-1971, RM-2305, (RM) Radioman C School
  1971-1973, RM-2305, NAVCOMSTA Guam
  1973-1976, Break in Service
  1976-1979, RM-2342, USS Peoria (LST-1183)
  1977-1978, RM-2342, (RM) Radioman C School
  1979-1982, RM-2342, NAVCAMS EASTPAC
  1982-1984, 619X, Naval Security Group Activity (NSGA) Adak, AK
  1984-1984, 619X, (RM) Radioman C School
  1984-1987, 619X, USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3)
  1987-1990, 619X, NTCC Mare Island, CA
  1990-1991, 619X, USS Independence (CV-62)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (70-71)
  1990-1990 Gulf War/Defense of Saudi Arabia Campaign/Intercept Operations in Arabian Gulf
  1990-1991 Gulf War/Defense of Saudi Arabia Campaign/Operation Desert Shield1
  1990-1991 Gulf War/Defense of Saudi Arabia Campaign
 Reflections on Service
Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Navy.
Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
If you participated in any military operations, including combat, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, please describe those which made a lasting impact on you and, if life-changing, in what way?
Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which was your least favorite?
From your entire military service, describe any memories you still reflect back on to this day.
What professional achievements are you most proud of from your military career?
Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or other memorabilia, which one is the most meaningful to you and why?
Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
Can you recount a particular incident from your service, which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh?
What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
What military associations are you a member of, if any? What specific benefits do you derive from your memberships?
In what ways has serving in the military influenced the way you have approached your life and your career? What do you miss most about your time in the service?
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Navy?
In what ways has helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
 Colleges Attended 
Gavilan CollegeChapman University
  1981-1983, Gavilan College
  1987-1989, Chapman University
  1996-2000, University of Hampshire
  2000-2003, University of Hampshire
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