Somerville Remembering Robert Johnston Battle of lwo Jima Survivor

Robert Johnston – Of Woburn formerly of Somerville January 5, 2017.  

Beloved husband of the late Claire Johnston. Loving father of Robert T. Johnston and his wife Mary of Wakefield. Brother of Frank Johnston of Bridgeton, ME the late Barbara Wheeler, William, Edward, Wilson, Thomas Johnston and Mary Wiliamson. Brother-In-Law of Earle Tryder of NH. A Funeral Service will be held for Robert in the Calvary Church United Methodist, 300 Massachusetts Avenue East Arlington, MA, Wednesday morning at 10:00. Relatives and friends invited. Calling hours in the George L. Doherty Funeral Home, 855 Broadway (Powder House Sq.) Somerville, Tuesday 4-8. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
Late Veteran WWII, Marine Corp. Iwo Jima, Bear Hill Golf Club, 33rd Degree Mason Somerville Lodge, Past Board Member Deaconess Abundant Life Community, Concord. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Robert’s memory to the Deaconess Abundant Life Communities, 80 Deaconess Rd. Concord, MA 01742.
Robert Johnston

Son of Thomas and Jessie Johnston

Born June 22, 1922

Married Claire T. Johnston – Sept. 21, 1946

One son – Robert T. Johnston

Somerville High School

Wentworth Institute

Boston University

American School of Banking


Raised Somerville Lodge April 22, 1957

Master of Somerville Lodge 1968


Affiliated with:

Washington Lodge

Normebega Lodge

Master’s Lodge – Master 1998

Major General Henry Knox Lodge


District Deputy Grand Master – Arlington 6th District 1972-1973

Elected Junior Grand Warden 1983

Appointed Grand Lecturer 1984 to present

Awarded the Henry Price Medal 1983

Member All Bodies Scottish Rite Valley of Boston

Awarded the Stanley F. Maxwell Distinguished Medal 2006

Awarded the Joseph Warren Medal 2010

Awarded Supreme Grand Commander Distinguished Service Medal


Member of Woburn Royal Arch Chapter Woburn 1982

Member of Orient Council Somerville 1982

Member of Melrose Royal and Select Masters 1982

Member of St. Bernard Commandery Boston 1982

Member of Massachusetts College – Societas Rosicruciano 1992

Member of Aleppo Temple 1974


United State Marine Corps 1942-1946

Four Battles:

Kwajalin lsland

Saipan lsland

Tinian lsland

lwo Jima lsland

Field Commission to Lieutenant on lwo Jima


Bronze Star

2 purple Hearts

Asiatic pacific Medal – 4 Stars

Presidential Unit Citation _ 2 Stars

lwo Jima Commendation Medal

U.S. Marine Commendation Medal

World War ll – Victory Medal

American Campaign Medal – World War ll

Pacific Campaign

Combat Service Commemorative

Overseas Service Commemorative

Marine Corps Good Conduct

Victory Medal – World War II


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