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Fredericksburg in Gillespie County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Lyndon B. Johnson

Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy Reserve

— Service in the Pacific, 1942 —

 
 
Lyndon B. Johnson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, December 2, 2021
1. Lyndon B. Johnson Marker
Inscription.  "President Roosevelt wanted his own eyes and ears in the field. I was the navy officer picked to go."

Congressman Lyndon Baines Johnson joined the U.S. Naval Reserves in June of 1940. Immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he volunteered for active duty. In June 1942 Johnson flew as an observer with a bomber group over New Guinea. During the flight, Japanese aircraft attacked his plane and nearly shot it down. Following this mission, General Douglas MacArthur awarded Johnson the Silver Star. On July 1, 1942, President Roosevelt ordered all congressmen in the armed forces to return to their legislative duties. Johnson reported his findings to the president and resumed his congressional seat. For months afterwards, he argued for additional support for the forces in the Pacific.

Lyndon B. Johnson - 36th President of the United States - 1963-1969
 
Erected by National Museum of the Pacific War.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Military. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1940.
 
Location. 30° 16.369′ 
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N, 98° 52.017′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Texas, in Gillespie County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Austin Street and North Washington Street. The marker is located outside the east entrance to the National Museum of the Pacific in the Plaza of the Presidents and there is no admission fee required for visiting the outside section of the museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 311 East Austin Street, Fredericksburg TX 78624, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dwight D. Eisenhower (here, next to this marker); John F. Kennedy (here, next to this marker); Richard M. Nixon (here, next to this marker); Gerald R. Ford (here, next to this marker); Harry S. Truman (a few steps from this marker); James E. Carter, Jr. (a few steps from this marker); 75mm Field Gun, M2A2: (a few steps from this marker); Franklin D. Roosevelt (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
More about this marker. Ten consecutive presidents, spanning the years from 1941 to 1992, served in their country's armed forces during World War II. The service of those ten is commemorated here at the Plaza of the Presidents.
 
Also see . . .  Lyndon B. Johnson.
Johnson reported to General Douglas MacArthur in Australia.
The Lyndon B. Johnson Marker is the fifth from the left of the ten markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, December 2, 2021
2. The Lyndon B. Johnson Marker is the fifth from the left of the ten markers
Johnson and two U.S. Army officers went to the 22nd Bomb Group base, which was assigned the high-risk mission of bombing the Japanese airbase at Lae in New Guinea. On June 9, 1942, Johnson volunteered as an observer for an airstrike on New Guinea by B-26 bombers. Reports vary on what happened to the aircraft carrying Johnson during that mission. Source: Wikipedia
(Submitted on January 26, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
Lyndon B. Johnson Marker image. Click for full size.
Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, circa 1942
3. Lyndon B. Johnson Marker
President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Oval Office image. Click for full size.
Public Domain - Arnold Newman, White House Press Office, December 1963
4. President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Oval Office
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 26, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 26, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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