The son of Caleb and Ida Mae Johnson, Russell Moses Johnson was born in Urbancrest, Ohio on January 6, 1940, and passed away on May 11, 2023. Raised in a family of fourteen children, Russell left home at an early age to explore and find his place in the world. Working as a stableman, groomer and trainer led to a lifelong love of horses and the “‘sport of kings”, horse racing.
Russell joined the United States Army in December 1962 in Columbus, Ohio. Russell was assigned to various Signals and Communications commands in the U.S.A., Germany, Korea, and Viet Nam. Russell was granted the security clearances required to execute sensitive segments of his assigned duties. Operations and Maintenance Chief assignments were amongst his principal duties as his rank and responsibilities grew.
Russell was an M-14/16 rifle expert and earned the following awards, medals, and commendations.
Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Good Conduct Medal (6 Awards)
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal (w/4 Service Stars)
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon (W/4)
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry (w/ Palm)
Overseas Service Bars (2)
Throughout his Army career, Russell received several Certificates of Achievement, Letters of Appreciation, and a Suggestion Award Certificate with a monetary award for a publication improvement. Russell served over 21 years in the Army and achieved the rank of Master Sergeant (E-8). Russell was honorably discharged at Fort Dix, New Jersey on May 31, 1984.
After his discharge, Russell moved to Maryland and eventually settled in the town of Gaithersburg for over 35 years. Russell had taken and passed his GED exams early in his military career (1965). He formally applied for and was awarded his High School Diploma from the State of Maryland on May 31, 1994. Russell was trained and licensed in armed security procedures and worked for the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for several years.
Upon leaving the security field, Russell continued to enjoy his beloved horse racing, culinary explorations (eating!), the television shopping channel, and visiting friends and family in Ohio and Maryland. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.
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