Petty Officer Charles Albert Virant & Sgt. John F. Bartek Share War Stories, February 1943 Photographer: Eck Stanger
Ann Arbor News, February 22, 1943
EXCHANGE NOTES ON RAFT EXPERIENCES: Petty Officer Charles Albert Virant (left) and Sgt. John F. Bartek (right) got together for a few minutes in the Allenel hotel to exchange notes on their experiences adrift in the ocean on rafts. Virant, a U. S. Navy gunner on a merchant ship, spent 17 days on a raft in the South Atlantic after his ship was torpedoed. Bartek, who was with Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker, lived 22 days on a raft in the Pacific. They will tell of their trips by raft, during the Army's program in Hill auditorium tonight.
Carl James Johnson was born in 1945 in Willow Run, Michigan. His family moved to Ann Arbor when he was seven years old, after his mother suffered a stroke. He attended Jones School and Tappan Junior High and participated in the French Dukes drill team in the early 1960s. Johnson served in Vietnam in the Navy Seabees unit, where his drill experience spared him from direct action. For most of his career he worked as a caterer at the University of Michigan and Domino Farms. He celebrates his Black and Native American heritage by volunteering on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Ann Arbor News, June 9, 1958
HELICOPTER USED IN MANHUNT: Cpl. George N. Burnette (right), acting commander of the Ypsilanti State Police post, went aloft for 45 minutes this morning in an effort to spot the three persons who had fled the stolen car. Poor visibility cut the helicopter's usefulness and it was returned to the Grosse Ile Naval Air Station. Troopers from five posts and officers of two county sheriff's departments maintained a blockade on the ground this morning.