A former Harlan Circuit Court judge was honored on Saturday with a dedication ceremony naming a bridge after him.
The Vietnam Veteran Ron Johnson Bridge was proclaimed via a resolution from the Kentucky General Assembly. The bridge is at the intersection of KY Route 2179 North and U.S. 119 in Cumberland.
According to the resolution, Johnson was born in Benham on Sept. 20, 1946. He graduated from Lynch High School in 1964, where he was voted president of the senior class. He enrolled in the University of Kentucky, graduating with a BA and an officer’s commission in the United States Army.
The resolution also states Johnson began his active Army service in August of 1968. He briefly served as a training officer at Fort Knox before serving in Vietnam in the roles of combat platoon leader with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry of the 1st Air Cavalry Division. He earned the Combat Infantryman’s badge, the Silver Star for gallantry during combat, a Bronze Star and numerous other awards and commendations. Johnson attained the rank of captain during his service.
Following his military service, Johnson returned to Kentucky and enrolled in the University Of Kentucky College Of Law, graduated and was admitted to the bar.
Johnson served as assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in both Harlan and Pike counties. He was presented with the Carrol M. Redford award for Prosecutor of the Year in 1988 by the Commonwealth Attorney’s Association, and was elected to the bench as the Harlan County Circuit Court Judge where he served for 16 years. He was named Judge of the Year in 1998 by the Kentucky Bar Association.
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