Richard Johnson barely escaped with his life when a couple of Japanese kamikaze aircraft struck the carrier USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) within minutes of each other the afternoon of Jan. 21, 1945, off the coast of Formosa during World War II.
“As we were going through the Straits of Formosa, we got hit by two Japanese suicide planes. I just got off general quarters in the engine room and was heading topside to get a cup of coffee when I heard this ‘boom, boom, boom!’ I came out of the elevator at the hangar deck. About that time the kamikaze hit 50 feet from me and threw burning gasoline all over,” recalled the 87-year-old former sailor, who now resides in Circlewood, a South Venice subdivision,
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