Marines gather around the sign denoting the dedication of Smiley Johnson Field on Maui.
|Date of birth:||September 22, 1916|
|Place of birth:||Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States|
|Date of death:||February 19, 1945(aged 28)|
|Place of death:||Iwo Jima, Japan †|
|1940-1941||Green Bay Packers|
|Playing stats at|
|Service/branch:||U.S. Marines seal United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service:||1942-1945|
|Rank:||1st Lt. First Lieutenant|
|Unit:|| 20px Marine Division|
20px 23rd Marines
|Battles/wars:||World War II|
|Awards:||2x Silver Star|
Howard White "Smiley" Johnson was a professional American football offensive lineman in the National Football League. He played the 1937, 1938 and 1939 college football seasons at the University of Georgia before joining the Green Bay Packers for the (1940–1941) seasons. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942 and served with I Company, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines of the 4th Marine Division through the battles of Kwajalein, Saipan (earning a Silver Star), and Tinian. On February 19, 1945, 1st Lieutenant Johnson was killed in action at the Battle of Iwo Jima, and awarded a second Silver Star posthumously. He was buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii on Feb. 2, 1949.
- ↑ "Battlefield heroes: Smiley Johnson". Cold, Hard Football Facts. May 24, 2007. http://www.coldhardfootballfacts.com/Article.php?Page=828. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
- ↑ Lawrence, Dave (March 4, 2005). "New HOF Display Honors Packers War Hero". Green Bay Packers. http://www.packers.com/news/stories/2005/03/04/2/. Retrieved 16 January 2010.[dead link]
- ↑ Howard Write Johnson at Find a Grave