Ronald Peter Johnson

Ronald Peter Johnson

London, City of London, Greater London, England
Death 20 Nov 1965 (aged 21)
Burial Arcadia, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 52573991 · View Source
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Died in service to our country
Arcadia News-Leader
13 MAY 2010

On Nov. 20, 1965 SP4 Ronald P. Johnson, 21, was killed in Vietnam.
He had died as a result of gunshot wounds to the stomach and face he sustained when he walked in front of friendly machine gunfire while on a search and destroy mission in dark and rainy weather on Nov. 19, 1965.

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Johnson, Ronald had enlisted in the regular Army in June of 1963, shortly after receiving his diploma from Arcadia High School.

He took training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and was stationed at Fort Carson, Colo., before shipping out to Vietnam in September of 1965. His enlistment would have expired in June of 1966.

Ronald was born in London, where his father was stationed with the military police company during World War II. His mother, a native of Kilmarnock, Scotland, was a dental assistant with the British Royal Air Force prior to her marriage.

Besides his parents, Ronald left behind one sister, Mrs. Carroll (Francis) Hackelberg and two brothers, Michael and Stephen.

Johnson’s body was shipped back to the States and arrived in Arcadia on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1965, where a full military funeral awaited him. The flag at the Wisconsin National Guard Armory in Arcadia flew at half mast on Saturday, Dec. 4, 1965, as 60 members of the Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry, commanded by Lt. William E. Braun, formed the military escort for the casket.

Draped with the American flag, the casket was carried from the Killian Funeral Home to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church as the sound of muffled drumming filled the air. The color guard and firing squad, commanded by Sgt. Wayne D. Auer, led the procession.

With pallbearers Sgt. Franklin Sobotta, S-Sgt. John M. Benusa, Sgt. Richard Glowcheski, Sgt. Peter Mueller, Sp. 4 Dennis R. Jensen, Sp. 4 Paul E. Kanla, Sp. 4 David C. Sobotta and Sp. 4 Galen J. Thompson flanking the hearse, the escort formed a line on either side of the sidewalk while family and friends followed the procession.

At Cavalry Cemetery, the flag was folded and presented to Mr. and Mrs. Johnson. Taps were sounded following the salute of guns by the firing squad before Ronald was interred.

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  • Created by: James R. Losinski
  • Added: 19 May 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 52573991
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ronald Peter Johnson (24 Jul 1944–20 Nov 1965), Find A Grave Memorial no. 52573991, citing Calvary Cemetery, Arcadia, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by James R. Losinski (contributor 47261900) .