Julian S. Johnston

Killed in action: September 15, 1944
Hollandia, New Guinea

Chattanoogan Was Killed In Crash - Mosier and Houser Hurt - Bright Is Missing

            First Lt. Julian S. Johnston, member of a prominent Hamilton County family, was killed in an air crash at Hollandia, New Guinea on Sept. 15, the War Department notified the officer’s widow, the former Miss Marjorie Kerns, Saturday night.

          In addition to Lt. Johnston’s death, yesterday’s war casualty list included one man missing in action and two wounded. The serviceman reported missing, Pvt. Nall Bright, also is a member of a well-known Chattanooga family. He is a former employee of the Hamilton National Bank.

          The wounded are Pvt. Raymond Mosier, son of Mrs. Clara L. Mosier, Pineville Road, North Chattanooga, and Cpl. Melvin Houser, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Houser, 1427 Jefferson Street.

          Lt. Johnston was the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Johnston, 3811 North View Avenue. Two of his uncles, James and Wheeler R. Johnston, were star baseball players in the major leagues for a number of years.

        Killed In Training Flight

          A reconnaissance officer, Lt. Johnston, at the time of his death, was in training as an artillery spotter, and it is believed that he was killed while on a training flight, his widow said. He was a graduate of Central High School, class of 1935, and was employed at the Cavalier Corporation when he entered the service in February, 1941.

          Lt. Johnston married Miss Kerns, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Kerns, 3414 Alta Vista Drive, in January, 1943, and went overseas in April of that year. He was a member of the 109th Tennessee National Guard and when the guard unit was taken into the army he became a member of a field artillery unit. He received his basic training at Camp Forrest and his officer’s instruction at Fort Sill, Okla. He saw action in the New Guinea campaign.

          Pvt. Bright was reported missing in action Sept. 1 in the invasion of southern France, his wife was informed by the War Department.

Graduate of McCallie

          A former employee of the Hamilton National Bank and graduate of McCallie School, Pvt. Bright, an infantryman, began army duty one year ago, and went overseas in February. He saw action at Anzio and in other areas of Italy before going into France. He is a brother of Capt. John Bright, army chaplain, and the son of Mrs. John Bright and the late John Bright of Chattanooga.

          The Chattanooga Times, September 1844.

American Memorial Cemetery
Manila, Phillipines


Submitted by Patricia Johnston Treadwell