SHELBY JOHNSON was born in South, KY on Nov. 11, 1923. He entered Army - 19th Admiral Bn. at Ft. Knox, Ky
on Jan. 3, 1941. Shelby arrived Manila, P.I. with the 17th Armd. Co. September 1941. He was stationed at Ft. Stotsensburg. Taken as a POW of the Japanese during the fall of Bataan April 9, 1942.
Shelby survived the Bataan Death March and was interned in POW Camps; Camp O’Donnell, Cabanatuan, Bilibid Prison performing forced labor – burial details, farming, and airport runway construction. During this time he developed amoebic dysentery, beriberi and pellegra resulting in weight loss down to 93 pounds.
Transferred to POW Camp Moji, Japan via hell ship July 2, - Sept. 2, 1944 Shelby was sent to Fukuoka Camp 17 where he was forced to labor in the coal mines Moji, Japan. A coal mine cave in January 1945 resulted in severe damage to Shelby's right leg.
Army decorations: Combat Infantry Badge, Presidential Unit Citation with two Oak Leaf Clusters, four Battle Stars, one Bronze Medal and one Bronze Star Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster.
Following liberation Shelby spent six months recuperation Feltcher General Hospital.
Married to Doris Zelta Tames, they have one daughter Shelby Sue Burleson and two grandsons Scott Taylor and
Jeffery Todd Burleson.
Notes: Graduated Western Kentucky State College with BS degree in 1950, University North Carolina; master’s degree public health 1957; director divisions Food and Drug and Environmental Health 1954; Retired 1977. Director Milk and Food Program Region IV U.S. Food and Drug Administration 1977 to retirement April 1986. Chairman on Interstate Milk shipments 1969-1973; President Association Food and Drug Officials 1975.
Awards received: Kentucky Sanitarian 1967; National Sanitarian 1971, Russell E. Teague Award in Public Health, 1974, Harvey W. Wiley Award for enforcement food and drug laws, 1977; Eugene H. Holeman Award for outstanding service to Southern State Food and Drug Law officials 1980. FDA Outstanding and Dedicated Service Award, 1986.
Credit: History of the Defenders of the Philippines Guam and Wake Islands 1941-1945 Turner Publishing Co
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