Cpl. Robert Simpson entered the U.S. Army November 26th 1945, serving his country during World War II. Cpl. Simpson served with the 3387th Quartermaster Truck Co. until November 26th 1946. On April 3rd 1953 Cpl. Simpson was certified by the U.S. Army in Mine Warfare at the Yuma Test Station in Yuma, Az by Lt. Col. Lyman D Burtch.
Petty Officer Johnson enlisted in the Navy after graduating from Palestine High School in Palestine, Texas on 14 July 1999. After graduating Boot Camp, Johnson reported to 2nd Marine Division 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines. Initially assigned as a rifle platoon corpsman, Johnson deployed to Japan and was eventually promoted to senior company corpsman before deploying to OFI in January of 2003. Before his transfer to 2nd Marine Division, Johnson was qualified as a Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist. After his combat tour in Iraq he was assigned to MCB Quantico, Virginia where he was an instructor at Military Advisory Group. While at Advisory Group, Johnson help teach combat lifesavers and battle field medicine to Marines deploying as military advisors to over 44 allied nations. In 2006 Johnson reported to Marine Corps Security Forces (MCSF)Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) in Norfolk, Virginia. At FAST Company Johnson deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Philipines (OEFP) as well as deployments in Spain, Guam, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Johnson was also assigned as Regimental Training Petty Officer while finishing his last year at FAST Company.
In March of 2009, Petty Officer Johnson was selected as a Search and Rescue (SAR) Corpsman Cadet and reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL. While in Pensacola, Johnson completed Aerospace Medical Technician School as well as Naval Aircrewman School. Johnson the reported to Fort Rucker, AL. for U.S. Army Flight Medic School. Upon completion in September of 2009, Johnson reported to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, AZ. for duty as a Search and Rescue Medical Technician. He completed his final flight training and received his wings of gold in April of 2010.
His personal awards include: Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards), Good Conduct Medal (4 awards), Sea Service Deployments Ribbon (3 awards), and numerous personal citations and commendations. Currently HM1 Johnson has accumulated over 1000 flight hours in the HH-1N Huey Helicopter.