Johannes S. Anderson
|Johannes S. Anderson|
Johannes Anderson, Medal of Honor recipient
July 30, 1887|
Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire
|Died||April 15, 1950(aged 62)|
|Place of burial||Acacia Park Cemetery and Mausoleum Chicago, Illinois|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Unit||Company B, 132d Infantry, 33rd Infantry Division|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Little is known of Anderson's early life, other than that he was born in Finland, and entered the US Army in Chicago, Illinois. On October 8, 1918, while fighting near Consenvoye, France, while his unit was pinned down by heavy German machine gun fire, First Sergeant Anderson volunteered to leave his unit in an attempt at flanking the enemy machine gun emplacement. He made his advance under heavy fire, over open ground, reaching the emplacement and killing the machine gun crew. He silenced the machine gun, captured it, and returned with twenty three German prisoners of war.
Medal of Honor citation
- Rank and organization: First Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company B, 132d Infantry, 33d Division.
- Place and date: At Consenvoye, France, October 8, 1918.
- Entered service at: Chicago, Ill.
- Birth: Finland.
- General Orders No.16, War Department, 1919.
While his company was being held up by intense artillery and machinegun fire, 1st Sgt. Anderson, without aid, voluntarily left the company and worked his way to the rear of the nest that was offering the most stubborn resistance. His advance was made through an open area and under constant hostile fire, but the mission was successfully accomplished, and he not only silenced the gun and captured it, but also brought back with him 23 prisoners.