Don Johnson's story
Don Johnson served mainly as a signalman in the Fiji Royal Navy Reserve during World War II, working mostly on small boats. He was stationed at Momi, which was the main entrance to an American refuelling depot in western Fiji.
Later in his service, Don was drafted to the HMS Viti (formerly HMFS Viti), which was essentially a minesweeper operating under the command of the Admiralty in Fijian waters.
On Viti, Don participated in escort and supply work up to the Solomon Islands through Vanuatu and to Tarawa. He saw the aftermath of the American landing at Tarawa, which he considered a disaster.
After the war, Don migrated to Australia and joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).