100-year-old Florida man remembers expedition to Antarctica
He went back with Byrd in 1946 for Operation Highjump, then joined another U.S. Navy expedition there, Operation Windmill, in 1948. The son of a chief warrant officer in San Diego, Johnson was a Sea Scout who trained on sailing ships as a teen. That experience didnt keep him from the sea: He joined the Navy two years later on a battleship and then volunteered for Byrds expedition. Johnson, in fact, is most likely the last living member of any prewar polar expedition by any country, said Glenn Stein, a polar and maritime historian from Apopka. I dont think any Sea Scout today could do that.