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Lyndhurst VFW Plans Trip To Arlington Cemetery For Decorated Vet's Funeral

Thomas Graffam points to a picture of Robert "Wayne" Johnson on the wall of the VFW hall
Thomas Graffam points to a picture of Robert "Wayne" Johnson on the wall of the VFW hall Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero

LYNDHURST, N.J. – A group of VFW members is headed to Arlington National Cemetery later this month for the funeral of one Lyndhurst's most decorated war veterans.

Robert "Wayne" Johnson, who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, survived being "blown of of the hatch of his armored vehicle by an RPG twice [during battle]," said VFW Post #3549 Quartermaster Thomas Graffam.

"He was 100 percent disabled, but despite the scars you would have never known," Graffam said. "He was a lot of fun to be with."

Johnson, a former staff sergeant, served as the VFW post's past commander and chaplain. He died on March 27.

Graffam is organizing a bus trip to Virginia for Johnson's July 27 services.

The former township commissioner and police sergeant said he is working on securing a police escort in the Washington, D.C. area.

There will be a Mass at the Old Post Chapel prior to the burial.

The cost of the trip is $40.

The bus leaves from the hall, located at 527 Valley Brook Avenue, around 8:30 a.m. July 27.

Everyone will be asked to meet around 7:45 a.m.

MORE INFO: (201) 939-3080.

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