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Facebook post asking for help to find WWII vet’s shipmates goes viral

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CRYSTAL LAWNS, Ill.–A veteran is looking to find some of his comrades.

Ramond Devere Johnson was a signal man on the LST 218 in World War II, according to a photo posted on the U.S. Navy’s Facebook page by Cheryl Johnson Brown.

Johnson is pictured holding a sign reaching out to any of his shipmates in hopes of having a reunion.

Courtesy of Facebook

Courtesy of Facebook

In just two days the Facebook post was shared more than 700,000 times and had amassed about 50,000 likes. There were also more than 2,000 comments with tips and leads for the Johnson family!

A man named Mark posted that he found two of Johnson’s shipmates, while others posted that their family members too had served on that ship or others that were stationed nearby.

“I’m shocked too my dad is going to just cry tomorrow he keeps saying to me they are all dead and I have found several that are alive,” Cheryl wrote 24 hours after posting her initial message.

She also posted several photos her father had from his time in the war, and from today:

Cheryl commented  a bunch of times on the post, telling more about her 92-year-old father’s story.”My dad picked my mom from a picture one of the guys had on the ship of three women and I need to find out who had the picture cause my dad pointed to my moms picture and said, ‘I want her!’ They just celebrated 69 years May 25!”

Here is the original Facebook post that led to this amazing journey: