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 Leroy Johnson

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Leroy Johnson

  • Birth 6 Dec 1919 Evangeline Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Death 15 Dec 1944 Leyte Province, Eastern Visayas, Philippines
  • Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
  • Plot C-10-79
  • Memorial ID 7614605

WW II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Leroy Johnson was born in Caney Greek, Louisiana. He served as a Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company K, 126th Infantry, 32d Infantry Division. On December 15, 1944 near Limon, Leyte, Philippine Islands Sergeant Johnson as squad leader was sent to patrol a ridge held by a well-entrenched Japanese force. Seeing an enemy machinegun, which covered the approaches to several other enemy positions, he chose three other men, armed them with hand grenades, and led them to a point near the objective. The men had knocked out the gun and begun an assault when hostile troops on the flank hurled several grenades. As he started for cover, Sgt. Johnson saw two unexploded grenades that had fallen near he and his men. He deliberately threw himself on the grenades and received their full charge in his body. Fatally wounded by the blast, he died soon afterward. Sgt. Leroy Johnson received his Medal of Honor posthumously and it was accredited to the state of Louisiana. In 1947 the New Orleans Army Air Base was renamed Camp Leroy Johnson in his honor.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith





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  • Originally Created by: Teresa L. Watson
  • Added: 24 Jun 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7614605
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Leroy Johnson (6 Dec 1919–15 Dec 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7614605, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Find A Grave .