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Harold I. Johnston
Born (1892-03-09)March 9, 1892
Died August 28, 1949(1949-08-28) (aged 57)
Place of birth Kendell, Kansas
Place of burial Fairmount Cemetery (Denver, Colorado)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
United States Army Air Corps
Rank Sergeant (Army)
Major (Army Air Corps)
Unit Company A, 356th Infantry, 89th Division
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Medal of Honor

Harold Irving Johnston (March 9, 1892 – August 28, 1949) was a soldier in the United States Army who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during World War I.


Johnston was born in Kendell, Kansas on March 9, 1892 and died August 28, 1949. He is buried in Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colorado.

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Sergeant (then Private First Class), U.S. Army, Company A, 356th Infantry, 89th Division. Place and date: Near Pouilly, France, 9 November 1918. Entered service at: Chicago, Ill. Birth: Kendell, Kans. C O. No.: 20, W.D., 1919.


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.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. "JOHNSTON, HAROLD I.". Army of Medal of Honor website. 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2009-08-18. 

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