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First Name: Jerome

Last Name: Johnson


Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: Lamarr

Date of Birth: 21 September 1935

Rank or Rate: Admiral

Years Served: 1956-1992
Jerome Lamarr Johnson

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Jerome Lamarr Johnson

Admiral, U.S. Navy

Jerome Lamarr Johnson was born 21 September 1935.

A Texas native, Johnson graduated from Texas A & M University in 1956 before entering the Naval Aviation Cadet Program. (He became the third A&M graduate to reach four-star rank.)

Commissioned and designated a Naval Aviator, he served on active duty for almost 38 years. At sea he commanded Attack Squadron Twenty-seven (VA-27), the combat stores ship USS San Jose, the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea, Carrier Group Four, the U.S. Second Fleet, and NATO's Striking Fleet Atlantic.

He served as Commander of the U.S. Second Fleet, Joint Task Force 120, and NATO's Striking Fleet Atlantic from 1988-90.

On 1 July 1990, he was promoted to the four-star rank of Admiral as Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) from 1990-92. His final assignment was as Vice Chief of Naval Operations.

He retired from the Navy in 1992.

Medals and Awards

Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star Medal
Air Medal


He was designated as Navy's "Gray Eagle," the longest-serving naval aviator on active duty.

In Retirement

After his military career, Admiral Johnson was selected to serve as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, a 100-year-old non-profit charitable organization that provides financial, educational, and other assistance to active-duty and retired Sailors, Marines, and their eligible family members. The Society accomplished this mission principally through the disbursement of interest-free loans and grants. With a small professional staff, the Society supports more than 3,000 volunteers who man nearly 250 offices world-wide, both afloat and ashore. During his service, the Society disbursed over $670 million in interest-free loans, grants, and tuition assistance for naval service families. Admiral Johnson retired form this organization in June 2003.

Admiral Johnson is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and The Defense Intelligence College in Washington, DC. He was awarded a Doctor of Strategic Intelligence (honoris causa) from the DIC.

Admiral Jerry Johnson serves as a Director or Trustee on several Corporate Boards and non-profit organizations. He has extensive experience in government service, defense related industries, financial services, and National Defense Security Programs. From 2002 to 2004, he served as Chairman of the Board for the 385-thousand members of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).

Admiral Johnson currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Smiths Detection Inc., and Smiths Interconnect Inc.; Vice President and Board of Directors for Wartsila Defense Inc; Trustee for the Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, FL; and the Board of Advisors for the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.


The Admiral and his wife, Joy, reside in Ft Myers, FL. They have three adult children, five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Honoree ID: 568   Created by: MHOH




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