Ramon L. Johnston

Promoted in Italy
Ramon Johnston, serving in Italy, has been promoted from Flight Officer to Second Lieutenant, according to word just received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Merle Johnston, 1427 East Madison Street.

Lieutenant Johnston has been in the United States Army Air Corps for three years and was stationed at Hickam Field, Hawaii, when the Japs staged their sneak attack on Pearl Harbor and bombed Hickam Field.

He had enlisted in the Air Corps in November 1940.

Some time after Pearl Harbor, his squadron was transferred to the African Theater of Operations.

He received the Air Medal and two Oak Leaf Clusters for combat missions in the Sicilian Campaign.

Ramon L. Johnston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Merle Johnston, 1427 East Madison Street, has been promoted from Second to First Lieutenant.  Lieutenant Johnston is stationed at Kissimmee, FL. He is in the Army Air Forces.

Back from Italy After Flying 68 Combat Missions
Lt. R. L. Johnston Has Leave at Home Here
Lieutenant Ramon L. Johnston, son of  Mr. and Mrs. Merle A. Johnston, 1427 East Madison Street, has arrived home from Italy, after more than a year as an Army Air Forces Pilot in the North African, Sicilian, and Italian Campaigns. He will enjoy a three-week leave here, before reporting for other duty.

Lieutenant Johnston flew 68 missions in tile Mediterranean Theater of Operations as pilot of an A-20 Douglas, a twin-engine bomber used for low-flying attacks. 

He bombed and strafed the enemy at Tunis and Bizerte in Africa, at Sicily, at Salerno, Cassino, Anzio beachhead, and other places in Italy and, although he had many close calls, he came through without a scratch.

Lieutenant Johnston has been awarded the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters.