From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Joseph Johnson '24

Date of birth: November 23, 1901

Date of death: June 30, 1934

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1924 Lucky Bag:


Joseph was lost on June 30, 1934 when he died of heat stroke in Shanghai, China. He was the engineering officer of USS Chaumont (AP 5).

From Find A Grave:

Funeral Services For Lt Johnson

Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Goff of Gulfport, attended the funeral of LT. Joseph Frederick Johnson of the U. S. Navy at Richton Thursday afternoon. Lt. Johnson, the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Johnson of Richton died in Shanghai, China, June 30 and his body arrived in Richton Thursday for burial. Dr. Dennis of Bassfield Miss. was the military escort from San Antonio, Texas here. The body was in an all steel casket, draped with the U. S. flag.

More than 2,000 persons from all parts of Mississippi and neighboring states attended the funeral which was said to be the largest in this section. Some friends and relatives were there from California, New York and Washington. The service was held in the Richton Baptist Church with Rev. A. M. Sheppard of Richton, Rev. A. L. O'Bryant of Hattiesburg and Rev. Spencer of the Immanuel Baptist Church, Hattiesburg, officiating. Mrs. Paul Johnson of Hattiesburg, Mrs Rosalyn Shephard Street of Meridian and the choir sang.

Three of Lt. Johnson's brothers are in the Navy, namely; Ensigns Jimmy and Stewart Johnson and Midshipman Cecil Johnson and these three arrived for the funeral, motoring from Washington. All of the nine brothers and two sisters of the deceased attended the funeral.The Daily Herald, Biloxi Miss. Friday August 10, 1934 p. 5

All three brothers mentioned were Naval Academy graduates, and all went on to distinguished careers. John retired a Captain; James retired a Captain, too, and also had a hand in the sinking of the German battleship Bismark; Cecil was awarded the Navy Cross.

Class of 1924

Joseph is one of 41 members of the Class of 1924 on Virtual Memorial Hall.