DONALD R JOHNSTON
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HONORED ON PANEL 12E, LINE 21 OF THE WALL

DONALD REGINALD JOHNSTON

WALL NAME

DONALD R JOHNSTON

PANEL / LINE

12E/21

DATE OF BIRTH

03/25/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

OFFSHORE, PR&MR UNK.

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/04/1966

HOME OF RECORD

ROANOKE

COUNTY OF RECORD

City Of Roanoke

STATE

VA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

SA

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DONALD REGINALD JOHNSTON
POSTED ON 2.5.2023
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. As long as you are remembered you will always be with us….
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POSTED ON 3.19.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

Never forgotten

On the remembrance of your 74th birthday, your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Semper Fortis
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POSTED ON 11.14.2019
POSTED BY: Walt

Long ago

You were four years older when we played pick up basketball at Mount Vernon Elementary after school. We were both competitive and we pushed and shoved. As time went on I developed a deep respect for your tenacity and we got along. I remember your reassurance on and off the court. Most of the time it was non verbal. I never got to know you that well but not long after that I heard you had passed. I think of you and I know how brave you really were. Words can't describe the sadness I know your sister and family must have felt. Your sacrifice has given so many a life that you deserved as well. God Bless you sir.
Walt P.
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POSTED ON 10.8.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear SA Donald Johnston, Thank you for your service as a Seaman Apprentice on the USS Franklin D Roosevelt. Your 54th anniversary is soon, sad. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It's almost Columbus Day. The time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 8.1.2016

Casualty at Sea

On November 4, 1966, while on station in the South China Sea, a flash fire broke out aboard the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42) in a supply storeroom below the hangar deck and took the lives of eight crewmen. The fire was caused by the chemical calcium hypochlorite coming in contact with flammable liquids. The eight crewmen in the storeroom were asphyxiated when they attempted to seek shelter in a compartment adjacent to the storeroom. The lost crewmen included FN Thomas L. Blackman, SA Vincent C. Bourdeau, AA Sebern E. Graham Jr., SA Donald R. Johnston, FA Charles E. Mitcham, FA Barry B. Myhr, FA Allan A. Schwarzkopf, and FN Garry D. Tackett. [Taken from ussfranklindroosevelt.com] The following account was found on the electronic bulletin board at military.com and contains a distinct history from the official narrative: The fire happened in an oil/fuel storage compartment about 3 levels down from the hangar bay. It was a massive explosion, the compartment was sealed due to a flare locker next door. When the fire could not be contained, and in order to protect the ship, the compartments were flooded, and all vents were closed. Dozens of men suffered burns and hundreds from smoke inhalation. Two of the men were trapped in air passages and suffocated, two drowned from the flooding, even though newspapers claim all were killed instantly. Four were killed by fire, none instantly. [Taken from the Bulletin Board for USS Franklin D. Roosevelt - CV 42 at military.com]
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