James Clinton Johnson
Colonel James C. Johnson served 30 years in the military; his career began with the United States Marine Corps Reserves 92nd Special Infantry Company in Fort Smith, Arkansas in 1957. He received his officer's commission through the Army ROTC program at the University of Arkansas in 1961. Colonel Johnson was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served with the United States Marine Corps III Marine Amphibious Force in I Corps Republic of Vietnam, He served stateside tours of duty in Arkansas, West Virginia, Texas, Indiana, Kansas, and Arizona. He retired from the military in 1987. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, the Navy Unit Commendation, and the Vietnam Service Cross of Gallantry with four campaign Bronze Stars. Additionally, he was the founder of the Arkansas uniform license plate program for Arkansas veterans, paving the way for the military service and special veteran license plates that are seen on Arkansas vehicles today.
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