Joseph M. Johnson, 22, of Rushford, MN died on Sunday, December 7, 1941, on the U.S. Oklahoma Navy Ship at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
Joseph was born on February 4, 1919, in Columbus, North Dakota to Helmer and Marie (Sande) Johnson. He moved with his family from North Dakota to Rushford, MN in the early 1930s. He was a graduate of Rushford High School where he played football, baseball and was in the band. Joseph had three siblings: Marilyn Rislove, Lu Ebner and Glenn Johnson.
Due to current DNA technology, Joseph's body was identified and will be brought home to be laid to rest. There will be a tribute to Joseph at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, 2018, at Rushford Lutheran Church with full Military Honors following at Rushford Lutheran Cemetery.
Hoff Funeral Service in Rushford is assisting the family with arrangements.
Welcome back home to Rushford, Joe. May you now rest in peace. Years ago, i stood over your sunken ship in Pearl Harbor. At the time did not know someone from Rushford was there.
Welcome Home Sir....I attended the Military Service today....Thank you to all who assisted in this honorable event. It was truly quite moving...
Welcome Home Sailor!!! Thank you for your sacrifice! May you finally be at piece.
Welcome home Joe! While I never had the privilege of meeting you I do know that thanks to your sacrifice we share the freedoms and independence you never experienced. God bless shipmate.
EW1 Scott Schiebel
Thank you for your service, your love of this country, and welcome home, Joe.
Welcome home Joseph. You truly are apart of the greatest generation.
I am not acquainted the family, but wanted to say Welcome Home Joseph may you rest in peace.
I did not know Joseph but wanted to say Thank you for your service and welcome home. God bless
God Bless the Johnson Family and may Joseph RIP as his remains come home for good.
Receiving his remains after so many years can bring closure to the family. May he RIP.
Though I am not personally acquainted with Joseph nor his family, I rejoice with you all at receiving his remains and the knowledge that he is truly home. Bonnie Luehmann Harcey
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