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Sponsors: Senator Knotts
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Introduced in the Senate on April 20, 2006
Introduced in the House on April 25, 2006
Adopted by the General Assembly on April 25, 2006
Summary: John Woodrow "Jake" Johnson
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4/20/2006 Senate Introduced, adopted, sent to House SJ-4 4/25/2006 House Introduced, adopted, returned with concurrence HJ-42
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TO EXPRESS THE DEEPEST SYMPATHY OF THE MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF JOHN WOODROW "JAKE" JOHNSON OF LEXINGTON COUNTY, A COMBAT VETERAN OF WORLD WAR II, UPON HIS DEATH.
Whereas, the members of the General Assembly were deeply saddened to learn of the death of John Woodrow "Jake" Johnson of Lexington County who died on Monday, April 17, 2006; and
Whereas, Jake Johnson was a native of Lexington County and was one of five brothers who served in World War II; and
Whereas, after training at the Army Field Artillery School in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Jake Johnson was assigned to a field artillery battalion in the Tenth Army, XXIV Corps, 96th Infantry Division known as the "Deadeyes" for their marksmanship; and
Whereas, the 96th Infantry Division fought at Okinawa in the Pacific Theatre in World War II and on Okinawa the 96th fought alongside many other army and marine divisions; and
Whereas, the division suffered the highest toll of any Army division on Okinawa with one thousand six hundred twenty-two soldiers killed in action or reported missing and five thousand six hundred fourteen soldiers wounded in action. On January 10, 2001, it was awarded the United States Presidential Unit Citation for its achievements on Okinawa. The 96th is thus one of only four divisions in the United States military history to have earned this extraordinary honor in its entirety; and
Whereas, Mr. Johnson was honorably discharged from the United States Army on March 18, 1946, and went on to become a citizen of which all South Carolinians can be proud; and
Whereas, the bravery and fortitude shown by this courageous man is an example of the service and sacrifice made by all South Carolinians and Americans during World War II. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly by this resolution express their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of John Woodrow "Jake" Johnson of Lexington County, a combat veteran of World War II, upon his death.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the family of John Woodrow "Jake" Johnson.
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