RAIDERS Johnson, George Alfred

Craig Robertson

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  • SURNAME
Johnson
  • FORENAME
George Alfred
  • UNIT
1st Raider Battalion (Company B)
  • RANK
Private
  • NUMBER
368979
  • DATE OF DEATH
10th August 1942
  • AGE
18
  • GRAVESITE
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Philippines. Tablets of the Missing
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
resided Coatsville, Pennsylvania
born 26.09.1923, Fleetwood, Pennsylvania
father Alfred Richard Johnson (1889-1952)
mother Isabel Lenoria Johnson (1898-1980)
attended Scott High School, Coatsville
employed as welder by Lukens Steel
28.01.1942 enlisted Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Parris Island, South Carolina, basic training
Quantico Virginia, advanced training
Next of kin - Mother, Mrs. Isabel L. Johnson, 140 East Chestnut Street, Coatesville, Pennsylvania
DOW Tulagi, Solomon Islands (body not recovered)
posthumous Silver Star
 

DATE OF DEATH:

10-Aug-1942

AWARD:

https://www.specialforcesroh.com/index.php?threads/johnson-george-alfred.58375/

CITATION:

Silver Star : The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private George A. Johnson (MCSN: 368979), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the First Marine Raider Battalion during the seizure of Tulagi, Solomon Islands, from enemy Japanese forces, on 9 August 1942. When his squad came under heavy rifle fire from a Japanese sniper's nest in a nearby cave, Private Johnson, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, rushed to the mouth of the cave and continued to throw in hand grenades until he was killed by the enemy. By his indomitable fighting spirit and outstanding bravery, he enabled his squad to advance and successfully carry out its assigned mission. His great personal valor was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the defense of his country.

WEB LINKS:

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/37032
https://missingmarines.com/george-a-johnson/

FINDAGRAVE:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56767786/george-alfred-johnson
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