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Johnson, Felix L. (1897-1981)

Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)


Based on five interviews conducted by John T. Mason, Jr., from August 1971 through February 1972. The volume contains 278 pages of interview transcript plus an index. The transcript is copyright 1974 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee has placed no restrictions on its use.


Following graduation in 1919, he served in the battleship Delaware during Haitian Campaign. Joined the Penguin in 1923 when she ordered on Yangtze Patrol. In 1928 was ordered to Asiatic Station and while en route to China served as navigator of schooner yacht Atlantic in the Spanish ocean race, New York to Santander. In 1929 served as aide and flag lieutenant to CinC U.S. Asiatic Fleet. Following duty with CNO, reported in 1936 as member of Naval Mission to Brazil. During World War II was CO of the President Adams in South Pacific, landing troops at Cape Torokina, Bougainville, and Solomon Islands. In 1945 was CO of the Springfield, providing escort protection for President Roosevelt to Yalta, then joining Fifth Fleet in Pacific campaign. He was Director of Naval Intelligence until his retirement in 1952.


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