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James Edmund Johnson



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Arlington National Cemetery
  In Memory Marker MA-451 

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Honolulu, HI

BORN:  January 01, 1926 at Pocatello, ID

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Washington, DC

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Korean War For heroism on December 02, 1950 at Yudam-ni, Korea

DIED:  November 02, 1953 at the age of 27

Vastly outnumbered by a well-entrenched and cleverly concealed enemy force wearing the uniforms of friendly troops, and attacking his platoon's open and unconcealed positions, Sergeant Johnson unhesitatingly took charge of his platoon in the absence of the leader. Exhibiting great personal valor in the face of a heavy barrage of hostile fire, he coolly proceeded to move about among his men, shouting words of encouragement and inspiration and skillfully directing their fire. Ordered to displace his platoon during the fire fight, he immediately placed himself in an extremely hazardous position from which he could provide covering fire for his men. Fully aware that his voluntary action meant either certain death or capture to himself, he courageously continued to provide effective cover for his men and was last observed in a wounded condition single-handedly engaging enemy troops in close hand grenade and hand-to-hand fighting. By his valiant and inspiring leadership, Sergeant Johnson was directly responsible for the successful completion of the platoon's displacement and the saving of many lives.



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