Henry Johnson (Medal of Honor)

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Henry Johnson
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Sergeant Henry Johnson
Born (1850-06-11)June 11, 1850
Boydton, Virginia
Died January 31, 1904(1904-01-31) (aged 53)
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit 9th Cavalry Regiment
Battles/wars Indian Wars
Awards Medal of Honor

Henry Johnson (June 11, 1850 – January 31, 1904) was a Buffalo Soldier in the United States Army and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Indian Wars of the western United States.

Biography[edit]

In 1879, Johnson served as a Sergeant in Company D of the 9th Cavalry Regiment. From October 2, to October 5, of that year, at Milk River, Colorado, Johnson "[v]oluntarily left fortified shelter and under heavy fire at close range made the rounds of the pits to instruct the guards, [and] fought his way to the creek and back to bring water to the wounded."

Death and burial[edit]

Johnson died 1904 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.[1] His grave can be located in section 23, lot 16547.[1]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company D, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Milk River, Colo., 2-October 5, 1879. Entered service at:------. Birth: Boynton, Va. Date of issue: September 22, 1890.

Citation:

Voluntarily left fortified shelter and under heavy fire at close range made the rounds of the pits to instruct the guards, fought his way to the creek and back to bring water to the wounded.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Henry Johnson". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2007-07-12. 

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.