Harold I. Johnston
|Harold I. Johnston|
March 9, 1892|
|Died||August 28, 1949(aged 57)|
|Place of burial||Fairmount Cemetery (Denver, Colorado)|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army
United States Army Air Corps
Major (Army Air Corps)
|Unit||Company A, 356th Infantry, 89th Division|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Sergeant (then Private First Class), U.S. Army, Company A, 356th Infantry, 89th Division. Place and date: Near Pouilly, France, 9 November 1918. Entered service at: Chicago, Ill. Birth: Kendell, Kans. C O. No.: 20, W.D., 1919.
When information was desired as to the enemy's position on the opposite side of the Meuse River, Sgt. Johnston, with another soldier, volunteered without hesitation and swam the river to reconnoiter the exact location of the enemy. He succeeded in reaching the opposite bank, despite the evident determination of the enemy to prevent a crossing. Having obtained his information, he again entered the water for his return. This was accomplished after a severe struggle which so exhausted him that he had to be assisted from the water, after which he rendered his report of the exploit.
- "JOHNSTON, HAROLD I.". Army of Medal of Honor website. 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2009-08-18.