The Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce its annual Rosamond Johnson Remembrance Ceremony. The ceremony will take place Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 10 am on Johnson Beach, which is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The ceremony will honor and remember the life of Army Private Rosamond Johnson Jr.
After enlisting in the Army at only 15, Johnson died in combat at age 17. Johnson rescued two injured soldiers and brought them to safety before he was fatally wounded while returning for a third comrade. He was the first Escambia County resident to die in the Korean War. Johnson posthumously received the Purple Heart on August 21, 1950.
The area became part of Gulf Islands National Seashore May 8, 1973. A permanent monument in his honor was erected at Johnson Beach on June 10, 1996.
Every year, the Perdido Key community spends a day on Johnson Beach with its citizens and Johnson’s family, honoring his memory and sacrifices.