Daniel Johnson (naval officer)
Daniel H. Johnson is a former assistant district attorney in Wake County, North Carolina and a veteran of the United States Navy who received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for saving the life of a crewmate on the USS Blue Ridge in 1999. As a result of that incident, both of Johnson's legs were amputated below the knee.
In 2007, Johnson resigned as a Wake County prosecutor, moved back to his hometown of Hickory, and announced that he would run for election to the United States House of Representatives in North Carolina's 10th congressional district. He lost to incumbent Rep. Patrick McHenry on November 4, 2008. In 2009, he opened a solo criminal defense practice in Raleigh. He later formed a new firm, Willis, Johnson and Nelson.
After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Johnson began his service as an officer in the United States Navy. On August 23, 1999, while serving aboard U.S.S. Blue Ridge near South Korea, Johnson risked his own life to save a fellow serviceman. Both survived, but Johnson lost both of his legs below the knee. For his bravery, Johnson received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, the second highest peacetime medal for heroism.
After recovering from his injuries, Johnson worked on Capitol Hill for U.S. Senator Max Cleland of Georgia. Johnson then enrolled in law school at UNC, where he met his wife, Creecy. He began his legal career as a prosecutor in Wake County, North Carolina, and quickly worked his way up from handling misdemeanor DWI cases to felony assignments, including drug trafficking, robbery, and murder.
In 2007-2008, Johnson was an attorney at Sigmon, Clark, Mackie, Hutton, Hanvey & Ferrell, P.A. in his hometown of Hickory. He and his wife were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Hickory, where his father has been the senior minister for eighteen years. Daniel and Creecy's daughter, Bowen, was born in 2008.
Daniel Johnson announced in late 2007 his run for Congress, and was able to raise more than $123,000 in campaign funds during the fourth quarter of 2007, an amount the Hickory Daily Record termed "competitive."
- Hickory Daily Record: McHenry continues GOP dynasty in 10th District
- News & Observer: Johnson returns to Raleigh
- Willis Johnson & Nelson: Who we are
- newsobserver.com | Naval hero running for Congress
- Veterans for Johnson Rally Saturday, August 23, North Carolina Democratic Party website
- Daniel Johnson For Congress
- Hickory Daily Record: McHenry challenger sees strong support
- Charlotte Observer, May 7, 2008
- Campaign press release: Johnson named to "Red to Blue" list
- Swing State Project: DCCC Promotes 8 More to "Red to Blue"
- DC News Updates
- Hickory Daily Record Editorial
- Campaign site
- Hickory Navy hero weighs congressional run
- Charlotte Observer: Johnson begins his challenge for McHenry's seat
- One Heel's hero
- Johnson, Cumpsty Receive Distinguished Young Alumnus Awards
- Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig (see under Photos)
- All Hands - Magazine of the US Navy
- George Will: Where honor and responsibility still exist
- UNC Naval ROTC Alumni Association
- News & Observer profile
- Congressional Candidate Daniel Johnson Says the Public Is Tired of Bickering, Wants Solutions
- Charlotte Observer endorses Johnson