Johnson, Russell Harry, HA1c

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Last Rank
Hospital Apprentice 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
HA-0000-Hospital Apprentice
Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospital Apprentice
Primary Unit
1943-1944, HM-8404, 1st Marine Regiment/1st Bn (1/1)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Hospital Apprentice 1st Class

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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1925
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Erie
Last Address
Erie, PA

Casualty Date
Sep 18, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Palau
Conflict
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
 Duty Stations
1st Marine Regiment/1st Bn (1/1)
  1943-1944, HM-8404, 1st Marine Regiment/1st Bn (1/1)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 World War II
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
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*JOHNSON, RUSSELL HARRY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Russell Harry Johnson, Hospital Apprentice First Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty while serving as Company Corpsman with Company C, First Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in action against the enemy at Peleliu, in the Palau Islands, on 18 September 1944. With several members of his platoon killed or wounded when the enemy suddenly attacked with machine gun and cannon fire from tanks during an advance against a high ridge, Johnson fearlessly exposed himself to the withering Japanese barrage to attempt the rescue of four wounded Marines lying helpless in the open area. Fully aware of the extreme danger, he unhesitatingly pressed forward against the merciless barrage and succeeded in carrying three wounded men back to our lines. Observing a fourth casualty far in advance of our front lines, he again risked his life to effect a rescue, but was fatally struck down by hostile fire while performing his heroic act. By his outstanding fortitude, great personal valor and cool courage in the face of grave peril, Johnson contributed to the saving of many lives throughout this and previous fierce engagements with the Japanese. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the United States. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Born: August 22, 1925 at Erie, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Erie, Pennsylvania
   
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