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.