Medals for father who served in Navy in both World Wars
This photo of U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Frank E. Johnson - a veteran of World War I and World War II – is one of the many pictures which were kept by his daughter, Doris Walker, of Rochester, who received his service medals Thursday. (John Quinn)
On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., presented Walker with medals and honors her father, U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Frank E. Johnson, earned during World War I and World War II.
"He was about 18 when he came in (the Navy)," Walker said. "He couldn't get in when he was 17 because he was too young."
Shea-Porter said presenting medals is one of the best parts of her job.
"It's not the first time we've done this, but it's always emotional," Shea-Porter said, adding the medals are a narrative of the story of "how they saved the world."
"He represented us and this country in a way we all can be proud," Shea-Porter said, adding Johnson served on 11 different ships during his 27-year tenure in the Navy.
"We've never had a World War I medal – that's really special," Shea-Porter said, adding the collection of medals means "he answered the call not just once, but twice."
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