Vander Willie Johnson (1953 - 1978)



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Long Island National Cemetery
Section 2Q Site 3025A,
2040 Wellwood Avenue, Farmingdale, Ny


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Branch of service: Us Army
Rank attained: PVT
Wars/Conflicts: Vietnam

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1953 - In the year that Vander Willie Johnson was born, on July 27th, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed. The Armistice was to last until "a final peaceful settlement is achieved". No peaceful settlement has ever been agreed upon.

1956 - At the age of merely 3 years old, Vander was alive when this was the year that the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, became an international sensation. He began the year as a regional favorite and ended the year with 17 recordings having been on the Billboard’s Top 100 singles chart, 11 TV appearances, and a movie. Elvis scandalized adults and thrilled teens.

1970 - By the time this person was 17 years old, on May 1st, US troops invaded Cambodia, expanding the Vietnam War. The invasion of Cambodia was a Nixon policy, although it was argued against by both his Secretary of State and his Secretary of Defense.

1973 - This person was 20 years old when on January 28th, the Paris Peace Accord was signed - supposedly ending the Vietnam War. Hostilities continued between North and South Vietnam and the U.S. continued to bomb. But by August 15, 1973, 95% of American troops had left Vietnam. The war ended in 1975 with the fall of Saigon.

1978 - In the year of Vander Willie Johnson's passing, on July 25th, Louise Brown, the first "test-tube baby", was born at Oldham Hospital in London. Louise was conceived through IVF (in vitro fertilization), a controversial and experimental procedure at the time.

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Vander Willie Johnson died on April 21, 1978 at 25 years old. No cause of death has been listed. Vander was buried in Long Island National Cemetery Section 2Q Site 3025A, Farmingdale, Ny. Vander was born on March 8, 1953. We have no information about Vander's family or relationships.


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