SYLVESTER JOHNSON

SYLVESTER JOHNSON - PFC

  • HOMETOWN:
  • englewood
  • COUNTY:
  • Bergen
  • DATE OF BIRTH:
  • January 26, 1946
  • DATE OF CASUALTY:
  • December 21, 1968
  • BRANCH OF SERVICE:
  • Army
  • RANK:
  • PFC
  • STATUS:
  • KIA
  • COUNTRY:
  • South Vietnam

Biography


Sylvester Johnson was born on January 26, 1946.  His home of record is Englewood, NJ.

He served in the US Army and attained the rank of Private First Class (PFC).

Johnson was killed in action on December 21, 1968.

The following is written by his sister Rev. Caroline D. Shine:

Sylvester Johnson was born January 26, 1946.  His family members and acquaintance called him “Sonny.”  His grandparents, Willie and Nettie Johnson, reared him on the family farm located in Monticello, Florida.  Throughout his high school days, he stood out as a star football player, beloved by his classmates and members of the community.  He joined Mt. Olive AME Church at an early age, and was a great mentor to his four younger siblings.  He was very studious and a hard worker.  Gifted in mathematics and problem solving, he moved to New Jersey with ambitions to attend college and become an engineer.  He was drafted into the US Army and served almost four complete years.  His death came nearly three months prior to his discharge.  He was never married.  He served his country will dignity, receiving several awards and metals.

My brother was a loving, giving, and wonderful human being whose smile and laughter could light a street corner.  He took up much time teaching me, and challenging my mind with puzzles and word games.  He was the big brother that carried me on his back.  He was never too busy to see about his little sister, even taking me to Sunday School.  He would read books with me, and just make me feel so special!  In some ways, my admiration for him helped me to shape my image of Christ as a big brother.  He was filled with the gentle passion and love to help his mother, stepfather, siblings and other members of his family at any time.  When he died on the Monday before Christmas, I was grieved beyond words.  I thank God for the precious 12 years that he was in my life. Every memory of him is precious.  I still miss him, even today. 

Sonny, I will always love you and will never forget you.  From Baby Sister, Rev. Caroline D. Shine

Information from NJVVMF and sister, Rev. Caroline D. Shine, Photo from VVMF

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