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CMOHS.org - Sergeant JOHNSTON, HAROLD I., U.S. Army

Recipient Detail

 

JOHNSTON, HAROLD I.

Rank: Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company A
Division: 356th Infantry, 89th Division
Born: Kendell, Kans.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Chicago, Ill.
G.O. Number: 20
Date of Issue: 12/31/1919
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Pouilly, France, 9 November 1918
 
 


JOHNSTON, HAROLD I. Photo
 
Citation

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.