Michael Johnson

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About Michael Johnson

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  • Birthday 13/12/51

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    Oakville, Canada West
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    The Great War 1914-18
    Royal Garrison Artillery

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  1. Rebecca, Welcome. A fascinating story of an exceptional man. Michael (who is a gentleman - notice that I dress to go on Forum )
  2. Welcome back, Ed. Fifty+ years ago I would have died for a Model A - built enough models of them. Of course I was too young to drive, even. Looking forward to photos. Michael
  3. The regiment won two George Medals in Italy, both minefield incidents. Sowar Ditto Ram's citation is here: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/37386/supplement/6055/data.pdf St. John Graham Young R.T.R. attached C.I.H. was the second recipient: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/37185/supplement/3765/data.pdf Michael
  4. I bought a USN discharge certificate offa eBay - enlisted 1949, discharged 1953, immediate re-up for 4 years.. When I found his veteran's Veteran's Burial on Ancestry it looks like he served from 1943 into the 1970s - WWII, Korea, AND Vietnam. I'm sending off for his record, and suspect he had quite a rack, ending up as a SCPO. Could even beat Smart's group. Michael
  5. "And how do you know I'm addicted?" asked Alice. "You must be," said the Caterpillar, "or you wouldn't be here."
  6. Gabatgh, You will find that these things are all over the shop. Obviously you will get the best price from a family member, if there is one, who is actively searching. If not, providing as much detail as possible will generate interest. It is always worthwhile to go an Ancestry.com and find out who has a family tree up for your particular man. Do not be put off by anyone who wants it back for free. Many items leave families for many reasons, and the cry of "It was stolen!" can be met with "When? Did you file a police report at the time?" Ignore police reports filed after the events - they are worthless. There is a concept in law of "purchaser in good faith without notice". Michael
  7. I just purchased my FIFTH named Navy Good Conduct Medal. I keep telling myself I collect British and Canadian. Sadly, the cost of a Freedom of Information request in the UK is almost as much as the medal. For my group to Smart, National Archives sent me his record for free. Back history: I spent my youth building model airplanes, including a whole bunch of U.S. Navy 1925-45. So when a medal to a man who served on USS Hornet (CV-12) from its commissioning comes up, I guess I have to have it. Michael
  8. I'm pretty sure it's him as he was a Devonport enlistment. Gunner 1944
  9. 1939-45 Star (six months at sea on operations), Atlantic Star (another six months service in the Atlantic), Africa Star (service probably in the Mediterranean), Burma Star with clasp for Pacific Star (Far East service Indian Ocean and Pacific), War Medal with Mention in Despatches, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (15 years' service in the ranks without disciplinary offences or adverse conduct reports. Rank is that of Lieutenant. Obviously commissioned after long service. If we could make out the name it might be possible to identify him. I think it's Lt. Harry Morris Clark who in 1956 was a Commissioned Gunner. I haven't tracked down his Mention, but I'll try the British Medals Forum - the experts there will probably tell me what he had for breakfast July 2, 1944. All in all, that is quite a find! Michael
  10. Perhaps a Drummer or Musician? More likely to have carried a short sword. Michael
  11. 1, could be Platelayer, but that is more a railway occupation than an Artillery one. Not one I've run across in my Indian collecting years.
  12. THIS ADVERT HAS EXPIRED!

    • FOR SALE
    • ORIGINAL/AUTHENTIC

    In Medallic Art Co. box, dated 1/26/45 Named to James M. Truscello, with lapel pin and tatty box. Obituary here: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/newsday/james-m-truscello-condolences/102363269?cid=gbsrchres A high school music teacher in New York State. Lots of high school yearbook entries on Ancestry. Truscello apparently showed Benny Goodman how to play one of Goodman's own songs! His unit served in the Pacific.

    £18.00

  13. The Lincolnshire Regiment was in Bermuda in 1914, so could be older. I think by 1943 the helmet flash would have been obsolete.
  14. Miraculously, given that he was Militia, my father's service record exists. I don't blame the MO - my father's eyesight was 20/200. Michael
  15. I was spared that - two boys - who still have had their challenges. I grew up at the ROM (we were about four blocks away) - I remember when I wan't tall enough to see into those table displays, and had to stop for a rest before the next set of galleries. I also remember studying Classics at the University of Toronto - and all the classical galleries were closed. I'm coming to terms, barely, with the fact that I'm now a senior - albeit a working one.