Historian, university professor of history. Born– February 3, 1923, Coos Bay, Or. Parents– Franz Oscar and Agnes (Sandquist) Johnson. Married– Vivian Ellis, December 19, 1959. Education– University of Oregon, B.A., 1951, M.A., 1953; Claremont Graduate School, Ph.D., 1956. U.S. Coast Guard, 1941-1946; active duty U.S. Naval Reserve, 1951-1952. Taught history at the University of Alabama, 1956-1993. Member; American Historical Association; Society for Nautical Research; Naval Historical Foundation; United States Naval Institute; Phi Beta Kappa.  Died January 28, 2008.


Contemporary Authors online; Obituary, Tuscaloosa News.


Bering Sea Escort:  Life Aboard a Coast Guard Cutter in World War II.  Annapolis:  Naval Institute Press, 1992.

Coast Guard-manned Naval Vessels in World War II.  Washington DC:  Coast Guard Historian’s Office, 1993.

Far China Station; the U.S. Navy in Asian Waters, 1800-1898. Annapolis, Md.; Naval Institute Press, 1979.

Guardians of the Sea; History of the United States Coast Guard, 1915 to the Present. Annapolis, Md.; Naval Institute Press, 1987.

Rear Admiral John Rodgers, 1812-1882. Annapolis, Md.; U.S. Naval Institute, 1967.

Thence Round Cape Horn; the Story of the United States Naval Forces on Pacific Station, 1818-1923. Annapolis, Md.; U.S. Naval Institute, 1963.