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William Johnson
Born 1855
Died May 20, 1903 (aged 47–48)
Place of birth Saint Vincent
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Cooper
Unit USS Adams
Awards Medal of Honor

William Johnson (1855 – May 20, 1903) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of America's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Willian Johnson was born in 1855 on Saint Vincent island in the West Indies.

On November 14, 1879, Johnson was serving as a Cooper on the steamship USS Adams at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, when he "rescued Daniel W. Kloppen, a workman, from drowning." For his actions on that occasion, Cooper Johnson was awarded the Medal of Honor five years later, on October 18, 1884.

Johnson died at age 47 or 48 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington County, Virginia.

Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]

Rank and organization: Cooper, U.S. Navy. Born: 1855, St. Vincent West Indies. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 326, October 18, 1884.


Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Adams at the Navy Yard, Mare Island, Calif., 14 November 1879, Johnson rescued Daniel W. Kloppen, a workman, from drowning.

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