GCHS grad honored at memorial service
On June 14, Marshal Eugene Johnson was among 121 veterans of the Vietnam War to be posthumously honored on In Memory Day by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.
On Memory Day, held on Flag Day, honors not only veterans inscribed on the Wall but those veterans who have died since the Vietnam War ended but whose deaths do not fit the Department of Defense criteria for inclusion.
Johnson, who passed away in May 2010 at the age of 66, was born in Columbus and grew up in Urbancrest, where his father William Johnson was mayor. He was also a graduate of Grove City High School and Ohio State University. Johnson also earned graduate degrees from Xavier University in Cincinnati and Kent State University. At the time of his death, he was living in Alliance, Ohio, where he was an active member of Second Baptist Church.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968. After his time in the military, Johnson worked as an administrator and teacher in the Alliance City Schools and later Stark State Community College. In 1973, he received he Outstanding Young Men of America award for accomplishment and service in the community.