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VFW Commander named 2021 Distinguished Woman In American History

The James K. Polk Chapter NSDAR, has chosen Senior Master Sergeant Linda Johnson, USAF Retired to honor with the “Woman In American History” Award. Involved with many organizations and the recipient of numerous awards, it is easy to see why Johnson received the honor and recognition.

Linda was born in 1951 and raised in Zanesville, Ohio. After graduation from Philo High School in 1969, she attended college at MAJV School and graduated in 1972 from the LPN Program in Zanesville, Ohio. She has two children, Corey and Robert Duvoll Jr. Shortly after being divorced in 1979, she joined the United States Air Force where she served her country for 24 years – 8 years active duty, 6 years in the reserves, and 10 years in Air Guard.

After returning from Desert Storm in 1991, she married Howard Johnson, Vice President of Inland Service Corporation. She worked in the medical profession in Portsmouth, Virginia; Marlow, Oklahoma; Waco, Texas; and San Benito, Texas where she retired in 2003 after working 10 years as Infection Control Nurse. They moved to Mena in 2013 and Howard passed in 2018.

Today, Johnson is a Lifetime Member of VFW and is Commander of VFW Post 4451 in Mena, past District 9 Commander of Arkansas, and is running for Arkansas VFW State Surgeon for years 2022-23. 

She is also a member of American Legion, currently serving as Chaplain; member of Veterans Honor Guard; VFW Deputy Representative for Arkansas Veterans Volunteer Services Committee in Little Rock; and Representative for the Shreveport Veterans Hospital.

Johnson serves as the Lead Person for Polk County Sociable Seniors, works as member of Home Front Warriors of CMA, enjoys assisting the Mena Army National Guard with projects, continues to work on the yearly Veterans’ Day Parade, which she started in 2014, and assists the Veterans Engagement Team with Veteran’s Fair and other events for veterans. 

She led the successful effort to bring the Traveling Vietnam “Wall that Heals” to Mena in 2017. The Masonic Temple awarded her “Citizen of the Year” in 2017. The University of Arkansas Rich Mountain awarded her “Citizen of the Year” in the 60+ class in 2018.

The James K. Polk Chapter NSDAR awarded her a “Distinguished Woman in American History” Certificate and Medal at the May 2021 meeting in the Polk County Library. Johnson is not only recognized as a passionate advocate for veterans in the Mena area, and the entire state of Arkansas, but also for her outstanding community volunteer service in Mena.

Johnson’s Military Awards are as follows:

  • AF Achievement
  • Meritorious Service Medal with one device
  • SW Asia Service Medal with one device
  • NCO Pro. Military education Ribbon
  • AF Training Ribbon
  • AF Longevity Service Award with four devices
  • AF Outstanding Award with Valor
  • Kuwait Liberation Medal (SA)
  • Kuwait Liberation Medal (K)
  • OK GCR
  • Ok Longevity Service Ribbon AF. Commendation Medal
  • AF Good Conduct Medal with one device

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