“…Born and raised in Minneapolis, Lieutenant Colonel Johnson enjoyed playing music with his garage band, the Commodores, and studying airplanes.
Upon graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1955, Johnson enlisted in the Minnesota Air National Guard, where he served for 2 years before entering the U.S. Air Force Academy to become an officer. After he received his commission as a second lieutenant, Johnson went on to earn his wings and begin his career flying the F-100 Super Sabre, one of the planes that he would fly during the Vietnam war. It was in this plane that Johnson earned the Silver Star, defending the Tong Le Chan Special Forces camp, heroically making nine passes at low altitude against intense hostile fire in support of our troops.
Later in the war, after being forced to eject over North Vietnam, Johnson would spend nearly 15 months as a POW in Hanoi. Despite this trying time, Johnson’s resolve and the love he had for his country remained intact, and he continued to serve for many years after his release in 1973.
Our country will always need brave men like Lt. Col. Kenneth R. Johnson. He embodied our Nation’s most cherished values and served as an example to us all… (1)
Source (1): https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CREC-2016-01-27/html/CREC-2016-01-27-pt1-PgS250.htm