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February 1, 2021
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Command recently posted a story on their website by the Arizona Republic newspaper which describes the return home of a MIA who lost his life as a crew member on board the USS West Virginia, a battleship moored at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941. The story reported:
“Jan. 22, 2021 — Nearly 80 years after he died in the Pearl Harbor attack, Phoenix sailor Carl Johnson was brought home on Tuesday so he could be buried in his hometown. A small group of Johnson’s relatives gathered next to a plane at Sky Harbor International Airport as his remains, in a coffin adorned with an American flag, were carried by four Navy sailors from a conveyor belt to a hearse. All in attendance watched in silence while some held their hands over their hearts. Fire and police vehicles parked nearby with flashing lights as an American flag waved in the background. “It was an experience that I’ll never forget,” said Dr. Carl Dahl, Johnson’s nephew. “It was an opportunity to be able to realize the hopes of his parents. It just made me feel quite humble … and quite proud to see this happen.”
After the attack Seaman 1st Class (S1c) Carl Johnson’s body could not be identified and he was listed as “Missing in Action” (MIA). While at the Department of Defense in January 2012, Chief Rick Stone prepared reports on all of the West Virginia’s MIA’s which listed S1c Johnson as a Most Likely Match to “Unknown X-110”, buried in the Punchbowl Cemetery in Honolulu. In December 2016, S1c Johnson’s family contacted the Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation for a comprehensive “Family Report” on the case. Foundation researchers, using advanced law enforcement investigative techniques and sophisticated technologies not available at the Department of Defense, confirmed S1c Johnson as a match to Unknown X-110. On 13 June 2017, after over five years, the Department of Defense finally decided to act on Chief Stone recommendations and began disinterring all of the USS West Virginia Unknowns. S1c Johnson was recovered from the grave site in the Punchbowl Cemetery indicated by Chief Stone’s research in 2012, as confirmed by Foundation investigators in 2016, and identified as Unknown X-110 on 19 August 2019.
Seaman 1st Class Carl Spencer Johnson
On January 19, 2021, S1c Johnson’s nephew contacted Chief Stone in appreciation for the Foundation’s role in the recovery and identification of their long lost hero which is reprinted here with permission:
The family of Carl Spencer Johnson would like to thank you for featuring his story on your podcast “No Home for Heroes” on you latest episode, “All Things Come to Those Who Wait”.
As you know, last Friday we had a beautiful graveside ceremony, where Uncle Carl was given full military honors. The Navy, Admiral Nowakowski, the Patriot Riders, a detail from Luke AFB, and my brother Carl Robert Dahl, who was also in the Navy as a physician at the end of the Vietnam War, made it a day to remember!
All of my siblings were in attendance, and nearly one hundred family members were there.
Thank you and the Chief Rick Stone and Family Foundation for your part in making this all possible. It has been such a blessing to our family. I am so grateful that my niece, Gretchen Allen, contacted you in 2016 and that we went from a series of “ … and nothing happened…” to a wonderful day of tribute to a brave young sailor who was part of saving the lives of hundreds of his fellow crewmen, as he did his duty in flooding the powder magazines deep in the battleship West Virginia.
This fulfilled my Grandparent’s dream of having their son return home. Carl is buried by his parents (my grandparents) Zeno and Margaret Johnson, my parents, his sister Katherine and Richard Dahl, and also his sister Anita and his cousin David. It is in a old part of the Greenwood Lawn Cemetery in Phoenix. We thought it would be difficult to find a plot, when we found there was one waiting for him all this time!
A boyhood friend of Carl’s, Ronnie Luplow, age 97 (same age Carl would be) was watching his usual news channel on Christmas Eve when for some reason he changed the channel and saw a news story about Carl coming home. His daughter commented on the news channel’s website, my niece saw it and managed to contact her. Ronnie was able to be at the ceremony! Ronnie served in WWll as a landing craft pilot on Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal. He was finally able to say goodbye to his friend he had grown up with.
Again, Thank you for making this possible!
Daniel Dahl, M.D.”
The Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation is a private charitable foundation whose mission, in part, is to promote education by providing information to the family members of missing American servicemen and servicewomen. Rick Stone is a retired Dallas Police Commander and Chief of Police in Wichita, Kansas and Hollywood, Florida. A Medal of Valor recipient in Dallas and former national “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” as Police Chief in Wichita, Chief Stone previously served as the Deputy Chief of the World War II Research and Investigation Branch at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and the Chief, Naval Historian at the U.S. Navy’s Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) on the Washington Navy Yard. He currently serves as the Chairman, Board of Directors, for the Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation.
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January 1, 2021
Retired Police Chief Rick Stone received the Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award (SCSA) at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. This military award is the highest honorary award the Chief of Naval Operations or the Commandant of the Marine Corps may bestow on a civilian employee in the Department of the Navy.
The SCSA is awarded to civilians who make contributions in a variety of areas ranging from successful project leadership and scientific or technical achievements to unusually heroic acts.
Chief Stone received the SCSA award for his service as the Chief, Naval Historian in the Navy History and Heritage Command (NHHC) while in command of the Histories Branch of the Histories and Archives Division. He was appointed to the position in 2019 by the Director of NHHC, Admiral Samuel J. Cox.
Chief Stone’s medal citation reads in part:
“For superior civilian service as demonstrated by exemplary performance, outstanding achievements, and exceptional contributions to the Navy History and Heritage Command…Rick Stone distinguished himself through his untiring work ethic, exceptional pursuit of superior performance, and highly professional manner…provided effective and authoritative leadership of Histories Branch, greatly improving the morale of all branch members and fostering a strong sense of team cohesion…streamlined and standardized countless branch processes and procedures, producing the branch’s first-ever Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and Supervisory Guide. He also created the branch’s first ever Leadership Development Program (LDP)…shepherded all Histories Branch team members through a comprehensive branch reorganization…provided consistent support and oversight…providing a steady, calming presence. Mr. Stone performed all of these important duties and achievements with the utmost professionalism, attention to detail, and positive attitude, providing purpose, direction, and motivation to all Histories branch personnel each day. Mr. Stone’s exceptional professionalism, personal initiative, and unwavering devotion to duty reflects credit upon himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”
Rick Stone is a retired Dallas Police Commander and Chief of Police in Wichita, Kansas and Hollywood, Florida. A Medal of Valor recipient in Dallas and former national “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” as Police Chief in Wichita, Chief Stone previously served as the Deputy Chief of the World War II Research and Investigation Branch at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He currently serves as the Chairman, Board of Directors, for the Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation.
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