William Johnson (Medal of Honor)

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William Johnson
Saint Vincent
DiedMay 20, 1903 (aged 47–48)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchUnited States Navy
UnitUSS Adams
AwardsMedal 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.


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[]

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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Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
  • "William Johnson". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2007-12-22.
  • "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.
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