After 20 years serving our nation as an Army combat specialist, an operative with the Central Intelligence Agency, and as the personal helicopter pilot to the vice president of the United States, Oscar Johnson, Jr. spent his birthday doing what he loves most, flying!
The veteran celebrated his 92nd birthday recently by landing a helicopter at his place of residence, Celebration Village Acworth. After landing, the helicopter was available for the nearly 450 people in attendance to see, followed by a recognition ceremony.
Johnson’s 92 years are filled with legend and lore, as he was assigned to the CIA with missions in Okinawa, Korea, Virginia, the Philippines, Guatemala and more. He carried a survival kit that included a pistol, 12 rounds of ammunition, gold for barter and a pill that guaranteed death in six seconds in the event of capture.
His final assignment before retirement in 1968 was flying Vice President Hubert Humphrey and his wife, Muriel, during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration. He has logged more than 37,000 flight hours.