Earl D. Johnson

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Earl D. Johnson
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4th United States Under Secretary of the Army
In office
PresidentHarry S. Truman
Preceded byKarl Bendetsen
Succeeded byJohn Slezak
Acting United States Secretary of the Army
In office
January 20, 1953 – February 4, 1953
PresidentHarry S. Truman
Preceded byFrank Pace
Succeeded byRobert T. Stevens
Personal details
Born(1905-12-14)December 14, 1905
Hamilton, Ohio
DiedJanuary 11, 1990(1990-01-11) (aged 84)
Greenwich, Connecticut
Spouse(s)Myrtle "Honey" Vietmeyer
ChildrenRaud Earl Johnson (Alexander), Susan Lynn Johnson (Darby & Carrie), Cynthia Lee Johnson (Donna, Noel, Tuesday)
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army Air Corps
United States Army Air Forces
Years of service1932
RankUS-O6 insignia.svg Colonel

Earl D. Johnson (December 14, 1905 – January 11, 1990) was the 4th United States Under Secretary of the Army from 1952 to 1954.


Earl Dallam Johnson was born in Hamilton, Ohio on December 14, 1905. He was educated at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, receiving a B.A. in 1928. He then spent a year as a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, before enrolling in the United States Army Air Corps Training School, graduating as a pilot in 1932.

Johnson worked at Loomis, Sayles & Company from 1933 to 1942. During World War II, he saw active duty as Deputy Commander of the Ferrying Division at the Air Transport Command. He left the United States Army Air Forces as a Colonel in 1946. He then returned to Loomis, Sayles.

In 1950, President of the United States Harry Truman nominated Johnson as Assistant Secretary of the Army (Research and Materiel). He held this office until 1952, at which time President Truman nominated him as United States Under Secretary of the Army. He subsequently held this office from October 1952 until January 1954. Johnson also served as Acting Secretary of the Army from January 20 to February 4, 1953 when Frank Pace left the post and awaiting the confirmation of incoming Secretary Robert T. Stevens. He also served as Chairman of the Panama Canal Company from 1953 until 1954.

Upon leaving government service in 1954, Johnson became an executive at American Transport Association and Air Cargo Inc. In 1955, he left for General Dynamics. In 1963, he left GD, spending a year as CEO at Delta Air Lines before retiring in 1964. Upon retirement Johnson served on several boards and often provided strategic consulting services to several politicians and private corporations. Johnson was a member of the Explorer's Club (he had flown to Antarctica on more than one occasion with friends), the Union Club and Greenwich Country Club where there is an annual skeet shooting tournament held annually in his name.

Johnson died in Greenwich, Connecticut on January 11, 1990. There were two services celebrating his life: 1) Christ Church in Greenwich, CT and 2) at Arlington National Cemetery where there was a twenty-one gun salute in his honor. He is buried there with his spouse, Honey. Johnson's family launched a scholarship in his name at University of Wisconsin for students in need who maintain a 3.8 GPA.


Government offices
Preceded by
Tracy Voorhees
Assistant Secretary of the Army
May 31, 1950 – May 7, 1952
Succeeded by
Office abolished
Preceded by
Karl Bendetsen
United States Under Secretary of the Army
October 1952 – January 1954
Succeeded by
John Slezak
Preceded by
Frank Pace
Acting United States Secretary of the Army
January 20, 1953 – February 4, 1953
Succeeded by
Robert T. Stevens