Willard Ray JOHNSON

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Willard Ray JOHNSON. Messman, Merchant Navy on Socony-Vacuum Oil Tanker SS Yankee Arrow. Born 31 August 1914 at Lafayette County, Missouri, USA to Henry W and Ruby M Johnson, nee Owings Residing at Los Angeles. Husband of Grace nee Nelson. Joined the ship 8 March 1943 aged 20. He received multiple burns from burning oil when the ship hit a mine 3 August 1943 in the Mediterranean. He was taken to 90th General Hospital Imtarfa, Malta where he died 11 August 1943 aged 29 years.

Laid to rest 12 August 1943 in Capuccini Naval Cemetery, Malta in Plot F. Grave 116.
Repatriated by USA personnel October 1945. Now rest in Oak Grove Cemetery, Oak Grove, Jackson County, Missouri, USA

Credit the following extract to Gerry Stanley Find a Grave -
“Merchant Seaman Johnson was killed when the SS Yankee Arrow struck a mine near Bizerte, Tunisia. A Liberty Ship was named for him and launched Feb. 21, 1945. This information was taken from the Odessan Newspaper dated 24 May 2012. Tunisia and Malta are about 175 miles apart. It appears that Seaman Johnson was injured near Tunisia and then died on Malta. His body may be buried in this cemetery or this may be a memorial marker and there is not a body here. U.S.M.M. stands for United States Merchant Marine”.

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