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Service Status
Not Specified
Last Rank
Commander
Service Years
1926 - 1944
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Home State
Oklahoma
Commander Commander
Command at Sea


Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Philippines
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall Coordinates
Tablets of the Missing
Oct 25, 1944
Service to 1944
Navy Medal of Honor (1943-Present)
Criteria
The Medal of Honor is awarded for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of one's life, above and beyond the call of duty. This gallantry must be performed either while engaged in action ag... More
Comments
"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of the U.S.S. JOHNSTON in action against major units of the enemy Japanese fl... More
1944
Bronze Star
Devices : Gold Letter V
Criteria
The Bronze Star Medal may be awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces of the United States in a combat theater, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding ac... More
Comments
Commanding Johnston, he was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious achievement in action against a Japanese submarine on 16 May 1944.
1944
Purple Heart
Criteria
The Purple Heart may be awarded to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving under competent authority in any capacity with one of the Armed Forces, has been wounded, kill... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1944
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft... More
Description
"For extraordinary heroism in action against powerful units of the Japanese Fleet during the Battle off Samar, Philippines, October 25, 1944. Silhouetted against the dawn as the Central Japanese Force... More
1944
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Description Pending
1944
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Description Pending
1944
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Description Pending
1944
World War II Victory Medal
Criteria
The World War II Victory Medal commemorates military service during the Second World War.
Description
Description Pending
1944
Philippine Defense Medal
Criteria
The Philippine Defense Medal was awarded for service in the defense of the Philippines from December 8, 1941 to June 15, 1942, under either of the following conditions: Participation in any engagement... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1944
Philippine Liberation Medal
Criteria
The Philippine Liberation Medal was awarded for service in the liberation of the Philippines from October 17, 1944, to September 2, 1945. In order to qualify, one of the following provisions must be m... More
Description
Description Pending
1944
Battle of Samar
Description
The Battle of Samar (25 October 1944) was the nearest the Japanese came to success during the battle of Leyte Gulf and saw a powerful Japanese battleship force come close to destroying a force of Amer... More
People You Remember
Commander Evans was the Commanding Officer of USS JOHNSTON (DD 557) and a unit of Task Unit 77.4.3. ... More
1944 - 1944
Battle of Guam
Description
Guam, ringed by reefs, cliffs, and heavy surf, presents a formidable challenge for an attacker. But despite the obstacles, on 21 July, the Americans landed on both sides of the Orote peninsula on the ... More
Memories
On July 21, 1944 Johnston supported the Pearl Harbor veteran battleship USS Pennsylvania (BB 38) dur... More
1944 - 1944
Battle of Peleliu
Description
The Battle of Peleliu, codenamed Operation Stalemate II, was fought between the United States and the Empire of Japan in the Pacific Theater of World War II, from September–November 1944 on the island... More
Memories
By September 1944 Johnston was assigned to Task Unit 32.7.2 of the Western Escort Carrier Task Group... More
1944 - 1944
USS Johnston (DD-557)
USS Johnston (DD-557)
Rank
Commander
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Comments
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Commander Commander
1943 - 1944
Europe/African/Middle Eastern Campaign
Criteria
The European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, ... More
Description
Description Pending
1943
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Description Pending
1943
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Description Pending
1943
Marshall Islands Operation
Description
In the Pacific Theater of World War II, the Gilbert and Marshall Islands campaign, from November 1943 through February 1944, were key strategic operations of the United States Pacific Fleet and Marine... More
People You Remember
Under Evans' command the crew saw their first combat a few months later during the Marshalls Campaig... More
1943 - 1943
USS Alden (DD-211)
USS Alden (DD-211)
Rank
Lieutenant Commander
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Comments
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Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
1942 - 1943
Legion of Merit
Criteria
The Legion of Merit is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States without degree for exceptionally outstanding conduct in the performance of meritorious service to the United States. ... More
Comments
n August 1941, assigned as Executive Officer aboard Alden, earning a Legion of Merit in sinking a Japanese submarine in January 1942
1942
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Description Pending
1942
Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Criteria
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was awarded for for qualifying service within the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946, under any of the following condi... More
Description
Description Pending
1942
World War II
Description
Overview of World War II 

World War II killed more people, involved more nations, and cost more money than any other war in history. Altogether, 70 million people served in the armed forces during th
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Memories
Meeting USS Houston (CA 30) and her escorts in Java the group sailed to Darwin, Australia, arriving ... More
1942 - 1942
Battle of Java Sea
Description
The Battle of the Java Sea was a decisive naval battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II.

Allied navies suffered a disastrous defeat at the hand of the Imperial Japanese Navy, on 27 February 19
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People You Remember
As Executive Officer aboard the four-piper destroyer USS Alden (DD 211).
1942 - 1942
American Campaign Medal
Criteria
The American Campaign Medal was awarded for For thirty days service outside the Continental United States but within the American Theater of Operations between December 7, 1941, and March 2, 1946; or,... More
Description
Description Pending
1941
USS Black Hawk (AD-9)
USS Black Hawk (AD-9)
Rank
Lieutenant Commander
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Comments
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Lieutenant Commander Lieutenant Commander
1940 - 1941
American Defense Service Medal
Devices : Star in Lieu of the following Clasps
Criteria
The American Defense Service Medal was awarded for service in the Armed Forces between September 8, 1939, and December 7, 1941. Army members had to serve 12 months to be eligible, but Navy and Marine ... More
Description
Description Pending
1939
USS Cahokia (ATA-186)
USS Cahokia (ATA-186)
Rank
Lieutenant
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Comments
Comments Pending
Lieutenant Lieutenant
1938 - 1939
USS Chaumont (AP-5)
USS Chaumont (AP-5)
Rank
Lieutenant
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Comments
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Lieutenant Lieutenant
1937 - 1938
USS Pensacola (CL-24)
USS Pensacola (CL-24)
Rank
Lieutenant
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Comments
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Lieutenant Lieutenant
1935 - 1936
USS Rathburne (DD-113)
USS Rathburne (DD-113)
Rank
Lieutenant
NEC
000X-Unknown Navy Officer Classification/ Designator
Comments
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Lieutenant Lieutenant
1933 - 1935
USS Roper (DD-147)
USS Roper (DD-147)
Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Comments
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Lieutenant Junior Grade Lieutenant Junior Grade
1931 - 1933
USS Colorado (BB-45)
USS Colorado (BB-45)
Rank
Ensign
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Comments
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Ensign Ensign
1931 - 1932
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
Rank
Ensign
NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Comments
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Ensign Ensign
1927 - 1931
Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
School
Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
Comments
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1926
Service from 1926

 
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