Julian E. Johansen – Rear Admiral, United States Coast Guard

Rear Admial Julian E. Johansen, USCG (Ret.), 75, of Portsmouth, Va. passed away June 19, 1998.

Born March 17, 1923 in Awendaw, South Carolina, the son of the late LCDR Andrew Johansen, USCG and Ruth Thames Johansen, he graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in May 1945. He served aboard the USS Ogden in the Pacific and next as commanding officer of the tanker USS Calamus, followed by tours on board USS Bangor and CGC Pandora.

Earning his wings in 1948, assignments included Argentia, Newfoundland, and Sangley Point, Philippine Islands. He commanded air stations San Diego, California, San Juan, P.R. and Port Angeles, Washington. He also served as Captain of the Port in San Diego and as Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District in Portsmouth. He served several tours at Coast Guard Headquarters, including Chief of Reserve from 1973-1975.

Following retirement from the Coast Guard Dec. 1, 1978, he became an officer of the Citizen's Trust Bank of Portsmouth. He was elected mayor of the City of Portsmouth in 1980, serving in that capacity until 1984. He is survived by his wife, Hazel, of Portsmouth; three children; sons Bruce of Omaha, Neb. and Andrew of Portsmouth; a daughter, Linda Edgar of Federal Way, Wash.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Memorial services were held June 25 at Centenary United Methodist Church, Portsmouth, with interment June 29 at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. Donations in lieu of flowers are being accepted by the American Cancer Society, Eastern Region of Virginia, 2730 Eldomere Ave., Norfolk, Va. 23513, or local chapters.

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