COX Sterling Conrad Johnson,
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COX Sterling Conrad Johnson
Sterling Conrad Johnson was born Nov. 7, 1919 at Tacoma, Washington. His father, Carl Johnson, was a glazier, and his mother, Lyda Osness Johnson, a homemaker.
The son attended Lincoln High School in Tacoma. The 1940 Census identified him as a dairy laborer, but it must have been a new job because he reported no work in 1939. He enlisted in the Navy the same week that the Census was conducted in April 1940.
Mr. Johnson was a coxswain and petty officer third class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.
A younger brother, Kermit, joined the Navy in June 1942. He survived the war.
Sources: The News Tribune of Tacoma, Washington; Census; Navy muster roll; Washington birth record; Navy oath of allegiance. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.