Dateline: March 25, 2004
services for Henry Randolph Johnston were held at 3:00 p.m. on February
27, 2004, at the Fort Myer Chapel. Graveside
services were held at Arlington Cemetery.
Johnston, a retired Air Force Colonel, passed away at Virginia Hospital
Center in Arlington, Virginia, on January 24, 2004, of congestive heart
failure. He was a Texan, a
native of Clarendon, a graduate of the University of New Mexico and of
Georgetown School of International Relations.
the beginning of World War II, he was commissioned through the US Army
Cadet program at Luke Field, Arizona, and assigned the mission of
delivering military aircraft world wide in support of the war effort. He flew over forty different type aircraft and retired in the
CBI Theater as deputy commander of the US Army Air Base at Tzegaon in
the war ended, he returned to Asia as instructor pilot for the Chinese
National Aviation Corporation, owned jointly by Pan American Airlines and
the Chinese Nationalist government. Subsequent
to the communists overrunning China, he was recalled to active duty into
the newly activated US Air Force, and a career in a variety of command and
staff assignments and as a politico-military affairs officer followed.
Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts, he led the 11th Air Transport
Squadron, MATS, on the Resolute Bay Project to establish weather stations
on Prince Patrick and Isachsen Islands above the Arctic Circle.
He was Executive Officer of the Berlin Airlift Task Force
headquarter, and he also flew ninety airlift missions.
During the Korean War, he was Chief, Ferrying Division, Operations
Directorate, MATS. Later, he represented the Air Force on the staff of the
Defense Advisor to NATO in Paris with specific responsibility for advising
on Middle East and Baghdad Pact affairs.
retirement he remained active in military and civilian
affairs. He organized the
Wilmington Warrior Association and was a member of the Hump Pilots
Association, the Air Force Association, and the Army Navy Country Club.
He traveled extensively and wrote of his experiences.
command pilot, his honors include the Special Breast Order of Yun Hui from
the National Government of the Republic of China, the Air Force
Commendation Medal, the Air Medal, and the Joint Services Commendation
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