John Johnson (Medal of Honor, 1839)

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John Johnson
Born 1839
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died unknown
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Seaman
Unit USS Kansas
Awards Medal of Honor

John Johnson (1839–??) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of America's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor.


On April 12, 1872, Davis was serving as a Seaman on the steamship USS Kansas near Greytown, Nicaragua, when an accident occurred. For his actions on that day, Seaman Johnson was awarded the Medal of Honor three months later, on July 9, 1872.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

His official Medal of Honor citation reads:

Johnson displayed great coolness and self-possession at the time Comdr. A. F. Crosman and others were drowned and, by extraordinary heroism and personal exertion, prevented greater loss of life.[1]

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
  1. ^ "Medal of Honor recipients - Interim Awards, 1871-1898". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. 2003-10-03. Retrieved 2007-01-15.