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William James Johnson Jr. was born to William James Johnson and Sadie Hassell Johnson on November 5, 1931, in Richmond Hill, NY, where he resided through high school graduation. He attended Auburn University in Alabama and was in the ROTC program until he graduated. In 1954 he entered the Navy using his education and skills as a nuclear physicist and electronics engineer.
He was eventually assigned to Los Alamos. After a few years he was reassigned and moved his family to Albuquerque. He returned to Los Alamos in the early ’70s and retired as a commander from the Navy in 1977. He served on the National Board of the Retired Officer’s Association from 1983 – 1989 and remained active in local and state chapters since then. He worked for LATA for a few years until he decided to become a full-time retiree, during which time he enjoyed traveling to visit family in New York, Alabama, Idaho, Florida, the Northwest, and close to home in New Mexico. He and Regina also traveled, sometimes with longtime friends, to many interesting and far away places. He was an active member of Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, the Elks and American Legion.
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