COL Samuel Robert “Sam” Johnson


COL Samuel Robert “Sam” Johnson Famous memorial

San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Death 27 May 2020 (aged 89)
Plano, Collin County, Texas, USA
Burial Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Plot Garden of Faith
Memorial ID 210524605 View Source

US Congressman, Military Figure. A member of the Republican Party, he served Texas's 3rd Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives from 1991 until 2019. Raised in Dallas, Texas, he attained his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University prior to enlisting with the United States Air Force. During the course of his 29-years 1950 to 1979, he flew nearly 100 missions during the Korean and Vietnam Wars while serving with the 51st Fighter Wing, 8th Fighter Wing and the 31st Fighter Wing (as commander) while rising to the rank of Colonel. On April 16, 1966, Johnson's plane was shot down over Vietnam which resulted in a broken arm and back. He was captured by North Vietnamese Forces and would spent nearly 7-years incarcerated until his release on February 12, 1973. During this horrific experience, he spent 42 months in solitary confinement and endured beatings and torture and was nearly executed in a firing squad. Johnson became part of the group of American prisoners known as "The Alcatraz Gang" which included future Senator Jeremiah Denton. Following his return home, he established a residential construction business. He began his political career when he was elected to and served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1985 until 1991. He succeeded Steve Bartlett in Congress when he went on to become Mayor of Dallas, Texas. During his lengthy tenure in Washington, Johnson (a Conservative) served on the Joint Committee on Taxation and chaired the Subcommittee on Social Security. He succeeded Congressman Paul Ryan briefly serving as chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee in 2015. Among his military honors include, 2 Silver Stars, 2 Purple Hearts, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with Valor and Prisoner of War Medal.

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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 27 May 2020
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for COL Samuel Robert “Sam” Johnson (11 Oct 1930–27 May 2020), Find a Grave Memorial ID 210524605, citing Restland Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave Burial Details Unknown.