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George Johnson

George “Henry” Johnson, Jr., 91, of Channelview, Texas, passed from this life on April 14, 2015. Mr. Johnson was born February 19, 1924 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to parents, George Henry Sr. & Amelia Johnson. He joined the U.S. Navy Feb. 20, 1941 and was assigned to the USS Crosby in May 1941, for patrol and convoy duty on the West Coast from California to Alaska. In February 1943 the USS Crosby entered Mare Island Navy Yard and was converted to high speed transport, reclassified APD-17 and sent to the South Pacific, landing troops on Solomon Island, New Georgia, Treasury, Choiseul Island, Bougainville, Cape Gloucester, New Britan, Saidor New Guinea, Green Island and Emirau. After being sent to the Philadelphia Navy Yard for High Pressure Boiler School training, he was assigned and commissioned to the USS Stormes on January 27, 1945. After shakedown he was sent to Okinawa. The USS Stormes was hit by a suicide plane May 25, 1945. He left the USS Stormes and discharged April 3, 1947 with the rank of Water Tender First Class. Henry re-enlisted in the U.S. Navy Oct. 1, 1951 and reported to the 8th Naval District in New Orleans, LA for assignment Nov. 11, 1952 and reported to NTC, Bainbridge, Maryland Jan. 22, 1952; then to Norfolk, VA for recommission on the USS Lake Champaign Sept. 19, 1952; released from active duty to inactive duty April 3, 1953; and discharged from the US Navy Oct. 1, 1955. Henry enlisted in the U.S. Air Force March 16, 1957 for three years in the reserves and discharged March 15, 1960. Mr. Johnson was awarded the American Defense Service Medal with 1 star, the American Theater Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal with 7 stars; Good Conduct Medal with 1 star; Guadalcanal Defense; Navy Unit Citation and World War II Victory Medal. He worked for Humble Oil Company for 15 years and worked construction 24 years before retiring in 1986. He was preceded in death by his wife of 28 years in August of 1985. Henry is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 28 years, Jimmie Rae Johnson; and preceded by parents, and by siblings, Cleo, Melva, Kenny, Ross, Doris, Lynn, Skylar and Claude. He is survived by one sister, Ruth Gray of Channelview, TX; by nieces Amelia Foster, Gathia Walton and Tonia Sherrouse and nephew, George Mabe; by great-nieces, Shawna Smith, Lindsey Mabe, Lauren Kubin; and great-nephews, Jody Ferguson, Curtis Musick, Danny Mabe and Kris Kubin. A visitation will be held Friday, April 17, 2015 at Carter Funeral Home from 6-8:00 p.m. with services celebrating his life on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside services will follow with Military Honors in San Jacinto Memorial Park under the direction of Carter Funeral Home.