My Hero-My Uncle Bill Johnson...
This is my Uncle Bill, the young fellow on the right. (That's Uncle Frank on the left-his name tag got chopped off) I never knew Uncle Bill personally so my information may be a bit sketchy. He was my mothers' little brother. His name was, William Alvha Johnson and he was the son of Alvha Henry and Lily Lorado Johnson. I have his birth place as Coke County, Texas.
He had three brothers and five sisters. He married Bennie Turner in 1942 and they had at least one child whom I met-Bill Johnson of here in California. They may have had more children, I don't know.
I don't have the date of when but he entered the US Navy during WWII. He was serving on a US Naval ship and reported missing in action and later declared killed in action off Anzio, Italy, in February of 1944. (This is the information I got about Uncle Bills' service.)
Uncle Bill is my hero. He is the only family member I know of who died defending our country.
I was in the Army for three years and never had to face an enemy in combat, thanks to Uncle Bill.
I moved around this country, from town to town; I got and quit many jobs in my lifetime, thanks to Uncle Bill.
I was married twice, to women of my own choosing and had a bunch of kids, as many as I wanted, thanks to Uncle Bill.
I played music for fun and money and I worked until I retired and am living in relative comfort with my wife, thanks to Uncle Bill.
We have a four year old car and a three year old pickup truck, my wife has her computer and I have my computer and we have plenty to eat and good medical care and are secure in our home and in our lives, thanks to uncle Bill.
We travel whenever we feel like it to visit our relatives and friends, thanks to Uncle Bill.
For all of the times I changed jobs,
all our moving around, having all of our children, gaining all of our posessions,
all of our traveling around, visiting people in other cities and states,
all of our visits to a doctor for help to cure our ills and to write this memorial to my hero, my Uncle Bill, I never had to ask anyone for permission for any of it, thanks to my Uncle Bill!
He is my Hero, this US sailorboy, William Alvha Johnson!God Bless America and God Bless my hero, my Uncle Bill!