Daniel B. Johnson, 78, a Brigadier General in the Army Reserve who served in occupied Japan after World War II and whose law practice in later years specialized in transportation matters, died of heart disease January 14, 2007, at Casey House in Rockville, Maryland. He was a Bethesda resident.
General Johnson was born in the District and graduated in 1946 from Roosevelt High School, where he served in the Corps of Cadets.
He enlisted in the Army as an Airborne infantryman with the 11th Airborne Division and served with the Army of Occupation.
After completing his tour of duty in 1948, he enrolled in the University of Virginia and received a bachelor's degree in economics in 1951. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant, he served as a unit commander of the 231st Transportation Truck Battalion in Korea.
After his active-duty Army service, General Johnson worked at a federal mapping agency by day and attended American University's Washington College of Law by night.
Beginning the practice of law in 1958, he represented motor, water and air carriers in complex licensing procedures, legislative drafting and congressional liaison.
He also served in the Army Reserve and attended the Military Intelligence School, the Army Intelligence School, Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College. He was promoted to brigadier general in 1978 and retired in 1983.
His military decorations included the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Korean Service medal with three Bronze Campaign Stars.
General Johnson was a member of the National Rifle Association and the Reserve Officers Association, the Izaak Walton League of America and the Army-Navy Club.
His marriage to Jean Hartman Johnson ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of eight years, Ann Fisher Johnson of Bethesda; two sons, Frank H. Johnson of Gaithersburg and Daniel B. Johnson Jr., whose last known residence was in Florida; two stepchildren from his second marriage, Marcia Bryan of San Diego and Mark Yaney of Santa Monica, California; and four grandchildren.
DANIEL B. JOHNSON
Brigadier General, USAR (Ret.)
On January 14, 2007, of Bethesda, Maryland. Beloved husband of Ann F. Johnson; father of Daniel B. Johnson, Jr. and Frank H. Johnson (Amelia); stepfather of Marcia Bryan (Curt) and Mark Yaney; grandfather of Carly and Darby Johnson; stepgrandfather of Connor and Madeleine Bryan.
Services will be held on Thursday, February 22 at Fort Myer Old Post Chapel at 9 a.m., with interment at Arlington National Cemetery with Full Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Fisher House Foundation, 1401 Rockville Pk., Suite 600, Rockville, MD 20852 or Army Emergency Relief, 200 Stovall St., Alexandria, VA 22332
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