Donald H. Johnson

Awarded Legion of Merit
Lieutenant General George H. Brett, Commanding General of the Caribbean Defense Command, decorates Master Sergeant Donald H. Johnson of the Air Corps with the Legion of Merit.

HEADQUARTERS, PANAMA CANAL DEPT August 18—Master Sergeant Donald H. Johnson, 26, of Eau Claire, WI, stationed here with the Air Corps, was awarded the Legion of Merit by Lieutenant General George H. Brett, Commanding General of the Caribbean Defense Command, in a star-studded review, the largest and most colorful held here since the beginning of the war. 

The only enlisted man among 15 decorated, seven of whom were generals, Sergeant Johnson received the award for designing a special bomb sway device for fighter aircraft, now in wide use by the Air Corps. The device, which is easily attached, fits under the fuselage of an airplane and prevents the belly tank and bombs from swaying. He constructed it from salvaged plane parts.

Johnson, a carpenter in civilian life, was born in Eau Claire, attending the Tenth Ward School and graduating from the Eau Claire High School in 1935. He enlisted in the Air Corps at Chanute Field in 1939. After advanced training with the School Detachment at Scott Field and the Second School Squadron at Lowery Field, TX, he was assigned to the Caribbean Defense Area in 1940. 

His father, Ludvig Johnson, lives  at 520 Starr Avenue.