Sam Johnson

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Samuel Robert "Sam" Johnson (born October 11, 1930) is an American politician. He currently is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the Third District of Texas. Johnson is married to the former Shirley L. Melton, of Dallas. They are parents of three children and ten grandchildren.

Johnson grew up in Dallas, Texas and graduated from Southern Methodist University. He served a 29-year career in the United States Air Force, where he served as director of the Air Force Fighter Weapons School and flew with the Air Force Thunderbirds precision flying demonstration team.

He is a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam Wars as a fighter pilot. In the Korean War, he flew F-86s in 62 combat missions. In the Vietnam War, Johnson flew F-4s.

In 1966, while flying his 25th combat mission in Vietnam, he was shot down over North Vietnam. He was a prisoner of war for seven years, including 42 months in solitary confinement. During this period, he was repeatedly tortured. Johnson recounted the details of his POW experience in his autobiography, Captive Warriors.

A decorated war hero, Johnson was awarded two Silver Stars, two Legions of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, one Bronze Star with Valor, two Purple Hearts, four Air Medals, and three Outstanding Unit Awards.

After his military career, he established a homebuilding business and served in the Texas State Legislature. He has represented Texas' Third District in the United States Congress since 1991.

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