Saluting Our Service Members

By the Major Brent Taylor Foundation

This month, we are excited to spotlight two of our community’s military members—one with 38 and a half years of service in the Army, and one who has only recently taken his oath of enlistment as a new Marine.

Meet Seth Johnson. He is the grandson of Lynn and Cheryl Humphreys and the son of Mike and Tami Johnson. Seth has chosen to join the United States Marine Corps Reserves after preparing for this opportunity to serve our country for the past several months.

Later this spring, Seth will ship out to Camp Pendleton in California for six months of initial training. Upon his return, Seth will continue his education at Utah State University in Electrical Engineering while continuing as a member of the Marines Corps Reserves. Seth aspires to become an officer in the Marines.

Seth says, “I want to join the Marines because I know it will be hard.” He adds, “I want to be the best version of myself.”

Lynn Humphreys is a retired Army officer who began his military career in 1969. He enlisted in the Army Reserve, where he was trained as a wheeled vehicle mechanic in the 6th BN, 83rd Field Artillery.

In 1977, Lynn received a direct commission to the Chaplain Corps. From there, Chaplain Humphreys served in a variety of assignments in the 96th Regional Readiness Command. In 1989, 6th Army selected him as Chaplain of the Year. In 2001, Lynn was promoted to the rank of Colonel. He concluded his military career in the Army Reserve after serving 40 months as the Command Chaplain, 96th Region Readiness Command.

In July of 2004, he was selected as the State Chaplain, JFHQ, Utah Army National Guard, where he served until retiring 31 December 2009.

This past January, Lynn gladly accepted Seth’s invitation to administer his oath of enlistment, which was held at the Ben Lomond Cemetery in N. Ogden. This is where Lynn’s father, Joyce Edwin Humphreys, a World War II veteran of the U. S. 8th Air Force, is buried. It was only fitting for three generations of military men to be together for this significant moment.

We wish Seth the very best on his life-long journey as a soldier in the U.S. Marine Corps and send our heart-felt gratitude to Colonel Humphreys and his family for their decades of service as an Army family!

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