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Everette R. Johnson, World War II Navy memoir

 Collection — Folder: S2478
Identifier: S2478

Scope and Contents

This collection includes Everette R. Johnson's World War II Navy memoirs, consisting of typed descriptions of his Navy experiences during the war, the history of the USS Mizar, and several photographs of himself, shipmates, and the USS Mizar ranging from 1941 to 1945. Also included are copies of "USS Mizar and 17th Division USNR (Indianapolis)," his two-page typed history, signed and dated August 1, 1998 and his preface, signed and dated September 3, 2001.


  • 1941-1945, 1998-2001


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Everette Ray Johnson was born December 18, 1922 in Monticello, Kentucky to Willie and Bertha (Wright) Johnson. The family later moved to Indianapolis, Indiana. In February 1940, Everette enlisted in the Navy Reserve at the age of 17 and was called to active duty the following year on May 21, 1941. During World War II, Johnson served as chief quartermaster aboard the USS Mizar. In December 1944, he was transferred to the USS Pitt and served on this ship until he was discharged on September 25, 1945. Shortly after returning home, he became a draftsman at the Chevrolet truck and bus stamping plant. Johnson worked for the company for 35 years and retired as the resident engineer. He was married to Dolly R. (Madison) Johnson (1919-2003) for 54 years and they were the parents of four children. Johnson passed away at the age of 85 on September 5, 2008.


Information found within collection. "Everette R. Johnson." Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed February 7, 2022.

"Dolly Madison Johnson." Indianapolis Star (IN), October 4, 2003.

"Everette R. Johnson." Indianapolis Star (IN), September 7, 2008.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Everett R. Johnson on 2003/01/07.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 2003 by Jill Costil. Finding aid revised 2015/11/12 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2018/06/08 by Lauren Patton. Finding aid revised 2022/02/08 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.