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Retired Army officer being honored with award

November 15, 2014

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — A retired U.S. Army officer who led ground troops in Vietnam is being honored as the 2014 veteran of the year by a New York museum and a national military association.

Col. Charles R. Johnson of Troy will receive the award Saturday afternoon at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs.

The award is sponsored by the Association of the United States Army and the Friends of the Military Museum.

Johnson is a Mississippi native who served 26 years in the Army, retiring in 1981.

A 1955 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Johnson did three tours in Vietnam, where he served as an adviser to Vietnamese Rangers, operations officer in the Special Operations Group and as a battalion commander in two U.S. infantry divisions.

Johnson has lived in the Albany area since 1999.

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