Don Johnson, stalwart VFW & MOC leader, and WWII Veteran Passes


Comrade Don Johnson 1923 - 2013

Comrade Don Johnson
1923 – 2013

Donald L. “Don” John­son, 89, Green Bay, died peacefully, Friday, May 3, 2013, at his home. He was born Aug. 2, 1923, in Stoughton, WI to Oscar A. and Ethel (Merwin) John­son. He moved to Madison when he was two years old and lived there un­til the end of high school. Don graduated from Madison Central High in 1941. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and graduated from flight training schools and was commissioned a 2nd Lieu­tenant as a Pilot. Don went through B-24 Libera­tor training and was as­signed a flight crew of nine men. He went overseas to the South Pacific and flew long range missions until the end of the war. Don located to Clark Field in The Philippines until he was sent home in 1946 as a 1st Lieutenant.

Don worked for the Bur­roughs Adding Machine Co. until 1959 and then for the Gates Rubber Com­pany until his retirement in 1975.

Don was an active mem­ber of the Veterans of For­eign Wars since 1978. He was a Post Commander of Post #2113 in De Pere and transferred to Green Bay and served as the Com­mander of Post #2037 for three years. He was cur­rently a member of the VFW of Duck Creek Post #7534. Don was a mem­ber of the Brown County VFW Council and was Commander four differ­ent terms. He was active at the VFW State Depart­ment level for many years. He was very active in the Military Order of the Coo­ties since 1993. Don was a Pup Tent Commander #23 three different terms. He was also active in the Grand of WI. Don was a member of the United Pa­triotic Society for years and had served as Presi­dent. He was named the UPS Veteran of the Year and had also been named Grand of Wisconsin Cootie of the Year.

Don was an active mem­ber of the Optimist Inter­national since 1983. He transferred from the Pu­laski Club in 1989 to the Senior Optimist Club. He was very active in fund raising, brat-fries, etc. He served as the club presi­dent four different terms. He was the WINUM Dis­trict Lieutenant Governor. Don was an avid Pack­ers fan, attended Packers Games, both home and away and attended five Su­per Bowls.

It should be noted that Don held an active leadership position in the post even beyond his 89th Birthday.

This article was prepared and submitted by Bruce Sorensen, QM Post 7534

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