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Charles Johnson

Charles Morris Johnson

September 4, 1929 - June 6, 2020
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Obituary

OWLS HEAD – Charles M. Johnson, 90, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2020 at the Sussman House in Rockport following a long illness.

Born September 4, 1929 in Plymouth MA to George and Lydia (Morris) Johnson. He was one of seven children, raised in Harwich MA, educated in local schools and was a graduate of Harwich High School class of 1947.

Following graduation, he enlisted into the United States Marine Corps on July 28, 1947. After completing Boot Camp at Paris Island, Charlie reported to the Boston Naval Ship Yard for guard duty. Following his duty there he transferred to Camp LeJeune serving with the 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Weapons Company as a Machine Gunner.

A Korean War Veteran, Charlie participated in action and combat against the North Korean forces on several occasions, most notably during the Wonsan-Hungnam-Chosin Campaign, and the battle at Chosin Reservoir. It was in Korea that Charlie was twice wounded earning him the Purple Heart Medal. He carried a bullet from a North Korean combatant in his right hip for the remainder of his life.

Following his service and return home, Charlie attended Northeastern University in Boston. He would go on to work as a Mechanical Manager in the Pulp and Paper industry for Georgia Pacific and S.D. Warren in Skowhegan

Charlie was a life member of the Mid-Coast Marine Corps League, Chapter 637 and was Past Commandant for 2 years. He also was a 32nd degree Mason with the Orient Lodge in Thomaston.

He enjoyed the comradery and company of his morning breakfast group at the Brass Compass.

Predeceased by his parents, two brothers, and two sisters, he is survived by his sons, Gary Johnson and his wife Kathleen of Fairfield; and Gregory Johnson and his wife Dianne of Troy Montana; a brother William Johnson and his wife Gwendolyn of Talmadge; his sister Beverly Johnson of Harwich MA; and his 6 grandchildren, Jennifer, Lucas, Gary, Mia, Kyle, and Kimberly.

A service with Military Honors will be held at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Civic Center Dr. and will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations in Charlie’s memory can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516 or online at woundedwarriorproject.org
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    Location
    Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery - MVR
    Address
    Mt. Vernon Road
    Augusta, ME 04330
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Bob Bialka

Posted at 05:17am
From my first meeting with Charlie 11 years ago, he became the all-purpose advisor and "can do" manager of numerous projects upgrading my property in Owls Head. It is impossible to forget his generosity giving both time and experience to helping his friends and neighbors.
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Sherree Craig

Posted at 04:58pm
,Dear Johnson family and friends,
Rob and I are so sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. He was a favorite of ours at the OHGS, an honorary member of the team, always looking for ways to help us out. He was especially handy with fellow USMC who might wander in needing a burger, not realizing they would be heartily entertained for their whole visit.

Semper Fi, dear Charlie. Rest In Peace.

Sarah Catron

Posted at 06:40pm
Charlie, was a smiling bright force. He was a Purple Heart Marine that passed on D-Day. He was a Marine to the very end. Charlie, your a class act, a gentleman through and through. You told me stories about traveling the world many times over by air, land and sea. Charlie, came into my life when I most needed a smile. You will always be my sweetie! He talked about his sons, with pride and love, he also respected the men they grew to be. You are loved and missed by many.
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Art Enos

Posted at 09:14am
On Behalf of the Marines of the Burlington Marine Corps League in Massachusetts, we wish to send our heartfelt condolences to the family of a great Marine ,Charlie Johnson. He served his country with honor and his family as well

Charlie, We only saw each other a few times but they were memorable. I am the stranger from Massachusetts who once in a while made it to Maine. I enjoyed our talks and I have a heavy heart upon hearing of this loss. However, I know that one day I will also be assigned to those heavenly streets of Heaven and we will once again say "Semper FI Brother" Till then, rest in peace Marine
Art Enos--Commandant---Burlington, Ma. Marine Corps League-Detachment 123
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Lorrie Callaway

Posted at 08:02pm
Charlie, You will be missed by so many. I couldn't have ever had a better neighbor, and I will cherish not only our long talks, but the way you befriended my son. I used to love sitting and listening to the two of you talk mill talk. You were such an inspiration to him. Love and miss you! Lorrie
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