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 James Edmund Johnson

James Edmund Johnson

Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho, USA
Death 2 Nov 1953 (aged 27)
South Korea
Cenotaph Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Memorial Section H Lot 451
Memorial ID 22759 · View Source
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Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. A Marine Corps veteran of World War II, he served during the Korean War as a Sergeant in Company J, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Yudam-ni, Korea (he was declared missing in action on December 2, 1950, and killed in action as of November 2, 1953). His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a squad leader in a provisional rifle platoon composed of artillerymen and attached to Company J, in action against enemy aggressor forces. Vastly outnumbered by a well-entrenched and cleverly concealed enemy force wearing the uniforms of friendly troops and attacking his platoon's open and unconcealed positions, Sgt. Johnson unhesitatingly took charge of his platoon in the absence of the leader and, exhibiting great personal valor in the face of a heavy barrage of hostile fire, coolly proceeded to move about among his men, shouting words of encouragement and inspiration and skillfully directing their fire. Ordered to displace his platoon during the fire fight, he immediately placed himself in an extremely hazardous position from which he could provide covering fire for his men. Fully aware that his voluntary action meant either certain death or capture to himself, he courageously continued to provide effective cover for his men and was last observed in a wounded condition single handedly engaging enemy troops in close handgrenade and hand to hand fighting. By his valiant and inspiring leadership, Sgt. Johnson was directly responsible for the successful completion of the platoon's displacement and the saving of many lives. His dauntless fighting spirit and unfaltering devotion to duty in the face of terrific odds reflect the highest credit upon himself and the U.S. Naval Service". His remains were never found. In addition to his Memorial Marker in Arlington National Cemetery, his name is inscribed on the Wall of the Missing at the National Cemetery of the Pacific (the "Punchbowl") in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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