Stars Dennis Haysbert ("24", "Allstate" commercials) and Gary Sinise ("Forest Gump", "CSI: New York") recounted the heroic actions of Charlie Johnson. To learn more, visit the PBS Memorial Day Concert Site.
Charles Johnson lived his life thinking of others before himself. A native of Millbrook, NY, Charlie's selfless volunteerism in the community and his kindness toward neighbors and fellow students are legendary. Family and friends knew him as "Buddy."
Charlie graduated from Arlington High School in 1951, where he was a talented student, musician, athlete and leader. He is remembered as a young man of exceptional character.
At the age of 20, Charles was killed in Korea after valiantly saving the lives of nine Americans including fellow Arlington graduate Don Dingee, Sr. (Read the complete story)
Charlie died as he lived—forever thinking of others before himself.
The mission of the Charlie Johnson Legacy Project is to create a legacy of outstanding character values and morals for which Charlie Johnson was admired; and teach current and future Arlington students to embrace and emulate these desirable qualities.
The legacy of Charlie Johnson is so compelling that over 50 years after his death, he is now inspiring future generations of Americans. By the example he set in his life, Charlie continues to help others by teaching Arlington students character lessons that will hold them in good stead throughout their lives.
The Charlie Johnson Legacy Project represents outreach, connection and community. The story of Charlie's life connects alumni and students with the Dutchess County community that raised Charlie Johnson.
These eight words define Charlie Johnson. Eight words offer powerful lessons and inspire us all to remember the deeds of Charlie Johnson and to emulate his great character.
Charlie's friends and classmates, working together with the Arlington Education Foundation and Arlington School District students, staff and administrators, have established "The Charlie Johnson Legacy Project."
Please help us honor Charlie's legacy by donating to The Charlie Johnson Memorial Fund. Your tax-deductible gift is greatly appreciated!
Please send your contributions to:
The Charlie Johnson Legacy Fund
c/o Arlington Education Foundation
696 Dutchess Turnpike
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
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Arlington teacher Andy Arenson pays tribute to
Charlie Johnson at a gravesite memorial service.