FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Gov. Bevin Recognizes The Sacrifice of a Recently Identified Kentucky World War II SailorNavy Fireman 1st Class Billy J. Johnson, Of Caney, Was Killed In Action On Dec. 7, 1941FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 17, 2019) – Gov. Matt Bevin today recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky sailor who died in World War II, but whose remains have just been positively identified.Navy Fireman 1st Class Billy J. Johnson, 22, of Caney, was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Johnson.From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Johnson.Between June and November 2015, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknown remains from the Punchbowl for analysis. To identify Johnson’s remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis. DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of the Navy for their partnership in this mission.Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000 died during the war. Currently there are 72,692 still unaccounted for from World War II, of which approximately 30,000 are assessed as possibly-recoverable.Johnson’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.Johnson will be buried Aug. 19, 2019, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.To download a photo of Navy Fireman 1st Class Johnson, click here.
The Ocean City School District’s Afterschool Drama Club for Students in 2nd through 5th grades concluded on Friday with the presentation of the Fifth-Grade Showcase. Previous shows were held for the third graders (March 27-31), fourth grade (February 6-10), and second grade, (January 9-13).These events help encourage participation in the arts through theatre games, musical theatre, improvisational activities, basic stage direction, imagination activities, skits and much more. The events encouraged participation by students with no previous experience as well as those who are young “veterans” of the stage.Click here to see a short video clip of one of their routines “Another Opening, Another Show”. These programs were made possible through partnerships with the school and the Ocean City Theatre Company, and a grant provided by the Sea Isle Board of Education in collaboration with the Ocean City Board of Education.The showcase, which proved to be a great success, included the following participants: Alexis Allegretto, Anna Stam, Bria Condella, Bridget Breeden, Carly Gleason, Charles Drain, Dakota Vega, Emily Mullins, Katie Baccala, Katie McAllster, Kylee Hoagland, Mia Gallagher, Olivia Tyrrell, Reagan DeVlieger, Sammy Beckmann, and Schyler MacMichael.The students and parents were grateful for the grant provided by the Sea Isle Board of Education and also grateful for all of guidance that they received from Fourth-Grade Teacher, Andrew Benfer and OCTC Founding Artistic Director, Mike Hartman.
Visit the Leganés tomorrow at Camp Nou to face FC Barcelona in the Cup (19:00) and do it with an old enemy scanning the rival bench. Quique Setién maintains a long history of clashes with the pickles due to their humble origins on the bench Lugo. The history of friction with the blue and whites is also long. Strains that erupted in outrage almost a year ago, when, after his visit with the Betis (3-0 lost the verdiblancos), the coach now blaugrana was dispatched with some controversial statements that placed him almost as a non grata person for the parish of Bumper. The fact is that when he reached the press room, far from placating the spirits, Setién threw more firewood. “Everyone uses the style he has. Leganés this way of playing sometimes goes well and sometimes bad, that’s why they are down there. (…) Leganés knows what he has to do, four things he does spectacularly well to stay. But if they have to play like us, they can’t “said the technician. That was understood as a lollipop that did not like in the heart of the Leganés.Rods from Second BThat was not the first time that Setién angered the people of Madrid. The touch, indeed, came from Second B. Of 2011, to be exact. Then his Lugo (promoted) was measured to a Leganes in need to stay in the category. After losing in Butarque (2-0), the Cantabrian coach charged against the grass (in a horrible state) and showed that the Leganés, also a victim of that brownish meadow, He was interested in having the field in that stadium. It was the beginning of friction.Already in Second, on 14-15, the Leganés visited the Anxo Car at the beginning of the season. Those of Garitano, newly promoted, lost Alberto Martin in 59 ‘and they ended up entrenched in their area. The match ended 0-0 and with Setién again annoying: “It was clear what the proposal was. Nothing but a team has proposed to play”, position.Leganés jump to First He did not avoid these frictions, which were released with Setién on the bench Las Palmas. In the 3-0 with which the Blue and Whites began to sentence the permanence, Setién pointed out the Lega players for jumping and looking for a penalty that, finally, was struck. That match came just after a week of strong criticism from Madrid after a goal with the hand of Bakambu what in Villarreal, deprived them of a very valuable tie.“In the end they have been asked for the penalty that everyone wanted here to be beaten”, Setién began. “They have thrown three or four times in the area. They have thrown four or five times in other actions. The referee seemed to be very rigorous today with some things. Maybe it is normal. He is in a stadium of a team that is complaining for weeks. I will see if I complain this week too. I will complain and see if this way the next game they ask me for a penalty like this “, he said with sneer in the second to last chapter of this pique with the Leganés. Tomorrow, in Copa, who knows if this novel adds a new episode. In an interview in The uncheck, Setién affirmed that the players of Leganés they approached to congratulate those of Betis and himself for the style of possession game they displayed. He suggested that the pickles were envious. Both things (congratulations, envy) were denied in the blue and white dressing room, upset by those words. Also the local fans, that during the exhibition in Butarque, already with the 3-0 in the electronic, was dedicated to sing to Setién the already famous “Take possession.” The cameras of El Día After hunted the now coach of Barça laughing at the chants, maybe funny, maybe angry. That Sunday morning, February 10 to be exact, Betis left the Avenue of the Eleven Lions with three blows bruising his soul. The thing ended 3-0 with a hat-trick of In Nesyri, now the main absence of the pickles after signing days ago for Sevilla, the eternal enemy of the verdiblancos. What things. The clash was already played with mockery and attacks on Setién for what he had said after the Betic victory (1-0) in the first round.