Gordon Johnston Edit Profile
Bachelor of Arts, Princeton, 1896. Honorary graduate Infantry and Cavalry School, 1903. Graduate General Staff College American Expeditionary Force, June 1918.
He played at the tackle position for Princeton University and served as the head coach of the University of North Carolina football team in 1896. After graduating from Birmingham High School, Johnston enrolled at Princeton University in New Jersey. While attending the university, Johnston played college football as a tackle for two years in 1894 and 1895.
Football historian Parke H. Davis described Johnston as a "high spirited, fleetfooted, dashing" football player at Princeton. From 1897 to 1898, he was associated with the Buck Johnston Abstract Co. in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1898, Johnston enlisted in the United States Army to fight in the Spanish–American War, serving in Cuba with the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, better known as the Rough Riders.
After a brief return to civilian life, he was offered a commission as a second lieutenant in the Army in 1899 on the recommendation of Theodore Roosevelt. Johnston was posted to the Philippines where he served with the 43rd Infantry Regiment in the Philippine-American War. Johnston returned to the United States, where he was the honor graduate in 1903 from the U.S. Army's infantry and cavalry school.
Johnston returned to the Philippines as a first Lieutenant in the Signal Corps with the 6th Infantry Regiment. On March 7, 1906, Johnston distinguished himself under heavy fire in the First Battle of Bud Dajo, where he was severely wounded. Johnston went on to lead a distinguished career in the Army.
Camp Gordon Johnston in Carrabelle, Florida was named in his honor.
Johnston became a member of The Tiger Inn. In 1896, he also worked in the insurance business as a member of the Johnston & Badham firm in North Carolina.
Married Anna Julia, d.