JOHNSTON, WILLIAM P. - Medal of Honor Recipient


Rank and organization:   Landsman, U.S. Navy.

Entered service at:   Chicago, Ill.

Birth:   Chicago, Ill. G.O. No.: 32, 16 April 1864.

Citation:   Served on board the U.S.S. Fort Hindman during the engagement near Harrisonburg, La., 2 March 1864. Badly wounded in the hand during the action, Johnston, despite his wound, took the place of another man to sponge and lead one of the guns throughout the entire action in which the Fort Hindman was raked severely with shot and shell from the enemy guns.

This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)