Johnson, Frank Lesher, RADM

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 111X, US Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)
Service Years
1930 - 1960
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
Neptune Subpoena
Order of the Spanish Main
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
Year of Birth
Not Specified
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Delaware City
Last Address
Newport, Rhode Island

Date of Passing
Aug 07, 1984
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon


 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval Academy Alumni AssociationMilitary Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesNational Association of Destroyer Veterans (Tin Can Sailors)Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1930, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association - Assoc. Page
  1941, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1942, National Association of Destroyer Veterans (Tin Can Sailors) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
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Name of Award
Navy Cross
Year Awarded
1945
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain [then Commander] Frank Lesher Johnson (NSN: 0-63186), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. PURDY (DD-734), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, on 6 April 1945. When the U.S.S. MULLANY was abandoned after being severely damaged during an enemy suicide attack, Captain Johnson made the final decision to place his ship alongside despite the presence of enemy planes, in an attempt to put out the serious fires raging close to the stricken ship's after magazines. Undaunted by the imminent danger that the magazines might explode at any moment, he carried out successful measures to extinguish the flames, thereby making possible the salvage of a valuable combatant unit of our Fleet. His outstanding leadership and courageous devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander Destroyers Pacific: Serial 196 (January 8, 1946)
Action Date: 6-Apr-45
Service: Navy
Rank: Captain
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Purdy (DD-734)



(Second Award)

Awarded for actions during the World War II
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Captain [then Commander] Frank Lesher Johnson (NSN: 0-63186), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. PURDY (DD-734), in action against enemy Japanese forces off Okinawa, on 12 April 1945. Maintaining Radar Picket Station Number ONE approximately 50 miles north of an important Japanese transport area, Captain Johnson aggressively met the sudden challenge of seven vicious suicide planes, and struck furiously at each plunging craft, shooting down four planes, assisting in the destruction of two more and damaging another. Stoutly determined to save his ship despite the severe damage inflicted during the final phase of the action, he gallantly directed his crew in restoring the PURDY to maximum combat efficiency. A daring and forceful leader in the face of overwhelming opposition, Captain Johnson, by his expert seamanship and professional skill, heroically brought the PURDY to port under her own power. His outstanding leadership and courageous devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Action Date: 12-Apr-45
Service: Navy
Rank: Captain
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Purdy (DD-734)

 
   
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 Duty Stations
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyUSS Fletcher (DD-445)USS Purdy (DD-734)
COMCRUDESPACUS Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)
  1926-1930, 110X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1930-1932, 110X, Naval Sea Units
  1932-1941, 116X, Naval Sea Units
  1942-1943, 111X, USS Fletcher (DD-445)
  1944-1945, 111X, USS Purdy (DD-734)
  1944-1945, 111X, COMCRUDESPAC
  1944-1945, 111X, US Pacific Command (USCINCPAC/USPACOM)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 World War II
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1926-1930, United States Naval Academy
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