Howard "Smiley" Johnson
Marines gather around the sign denoting the dedication of Smiley Johnson Field on Maui.
Date of birth: (1916-09-22)September 22, 1916
Place of birth: Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States
Date of death: February 19, 1945(1945-02-19) (aged 28)
Place of death: Iwo Jima, Japan 
Career information
Position(s): Guard
College: Georgia
 As player:
1940-1941 Green Bay Packers
Playing stats at
Military service
Allegiance: United States United States
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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]


  1. "Battlefield heroes: Smiley Johnson". Cold, Hard Football Facts. May 24, 2007. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
  2. Lawrence, Dave (March 4, 2005). "New HOF Display Honors Packers War Hero". Green Bay Packers. Retrieved 16 January 2010.[dead link]
  3. Howard Write Johnson at Find a Grave

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