Former Electrician’s Mate !/C Richard Johnson of Circlewood subdivision in Venice holds his “Purple Heart” and “Silver Star” medal for gallantry. He served aboard the carrier USS Ticonderoga during WW II when it was hit by two Kamikazes. His actions during the fire help save the carrier. Sun photo by Don Moore
Richard Johnson of Circlewood, a south Venice subdivision, escaped with his life when a couple of Japanese kamikazes aircraft struck the Carrier USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) within minutes of each other the afternoon of Jan. 21, 1945 off the coast of Formosa during World War II.
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