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Johnson resigns as chaplain

Joe Johnson, past president and chaplain of the 99th Infantry Division Association, has announced his resignation as chaplain of the organization.

In a letter to President B.O. Wilkins, Johnson said, “After considerable thinking and continual discussion with Betty, we have come to the conclusion that my time as chaplain must come to an end. Both my body and mind have lost ability to do it as it should be done. After 50 years or so, it is no surprise.”

Johnson suggested Arnold Taylor be appointed as his replacement. Johnson was unable to attend the Kansas City convention in August, and Taylor graciously stepped up and performed chaplain duties. Taylor has agreed to accept the appointment as chaplain for the association. He will preside at the Memorial Service at the 60th annual convention in June in St. Louis MO.

Joe Johnson has been a stalwart supporter of the 99th Infantry Division Association. With quiet leadership, he chaired several annual conventions and served as president three times -- 1973-74, 1999-2000, and 2007-08.

Last modified May 18, 2009

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