Charles Edward Johnson was born September 23, 1948, in Chester, PA to James and Dorothy Johnson. His family would later move to Paterson, NJ where he received his education, graduating from the famous Eastside High School in 1967. After graduation, Charles enlisted in the United States Air Force and served his tour of duty in Vietnam and Taiwan. In 1972, Sergeant Johnson, with numerous citations for distinguished service, was honorably discharged. As a civilian, he was employed by the International Telephone and Telegraph Company (ITT), and returned to Vietnam, assigned to the Defense Attaché Office. He was one of the last Americans air-lifted before Saigon fell. He then, with ITT, worked as a Ground-to-Air Communications Operator in Thule, Greenland.