Flag raising honors Army nurse

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A Flag of Remembrance will fly Friday, for a Superior woman who served her country as a member of the United States Army Nurse Corps during World War II.

The American flag will be raised at 9 a.m. in front of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center for Mary A. (Markon) Johnson. The event is free and open to the public.

Mary was born on Dec. 8, 1921, in Superior, to Eustice and Marcella Markon, the seventh of eight children. She grew up in the East End neighborhood of Superior, graduating from East High School. After high school, she attended St. Luke's Nursing School in Duluth, Minn. Mary graduated from the four-year nursing program and then moved to Lansing, Mich. and began practicing nursing at Edward Sparrow Hospital.

During World War II, Mary decided to leave her nursing position to join the United States Army Nurse Corps. She entered military service on Jan. 18, 1945, and was appointed to her position with the rank of Second Lieutenant. 2nd Lt. Markon served in the China-Burma-India Theatre of World War II. She received an honorable discharge from the Army in February 1946 at fort Sheridan, Ill.

After her military discharge, Mary returned to nursing working at St. Mary's, St. Joseph's and Memorial Hospitals in Superior. She married Richard T. Johnson on May 19, 1951. They had two daughters, Jennifer and Laura. Mary retired from nursing in 1975.

She passed away on March 23, 2013. The entire Johnson family is proud of her service to her country and happy to have a Flag of Remembrance flown in her memory.

For more information about the "Flag of Remembrance Program," contact John Vaski at 715-394-7693, Scott Markle at 218-269-4675, leave a message at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center, 715-392-7151 or email info@bvhcenter.org or educator@bvhcenter.org.