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Ralph G. Johnston ( Redding 1963 )

posted: Sep 9, 2008

Ralph died September 4, 2008. He started work with the Forest Service on the Angeles N. F. right out of high school, spent three year in the Army, and returned to the Angeles. In 1957 Ralph was Air Officer for the Angeles, was Superintendent of the Chilao Hotshots 1960-61 and later was Helicopter/Helitack Specialist for R-5 in Redding. Ralph was the first USFS Helicopter Trainer and he worked with and trained Helicopter Managers in all nine regions. During his career, Ralph trained over 7,000 personnel.