After receiving a commission as a Second Lieutenant from Michigan State College in 1938, Robert L. Johnson (b. 1916) was obligated to serve when World War 2 broke out. He served on active duty from April 1941 until January 1946. After the war he continued with the Army Reserve as a battery commander in the 882nd Field Artillery, 84th Reserve Division, headquartered in Detroit, and in other Reserve groups. He retired from the military in 1976 and from his civilian employment at Consumers' Energy Company in 1981.
For a period of 10 years during the Cold War era, Mr. Johnson served in an appointed capacity on a commission in CIOR (Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers), an affiliate of NATO.
Mr. Johnson's hobby of preparing family tree charts has led to his authorship of three previous publications: The Zeiger Centennial Farm, The Turiansky Legacy, and The Rhys Tradition.
Mr. Johnson is listed in Marquis' Who's Who in the Midwest, 1981-1982 and Personalities in America, 1985.