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Peter Johnson (PA) Medal of Honor Recipient
Posted by: Marcia McKee (ID *****7238) Date: October 25, 2005 at 15:23:59
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I'm interested in finding anyone with information about Peter Johnson. My grandfather served aboard the Wilmington with Peter Johnson ca. 1910. While I am not related to Peter, I do have two photos of him. One of them has him with a black Chow-Chow dog named Snowball. Peter a nice looking man with dark-hair, a full mustache and a rather burly physique. Let's just say he looks like he was more than able to take care of himself. I would like to send copies of these photos to any of his descendants.

There is a dilemma. Peter was awarded the medal for bravery during a boiler fire aboard the USS Vixen on 28-MAY-1898. The problem -- the citation states Peter was born in Summerland, England 29-DEC-1857. The Peter Johnson I found on the 1900 & 1910 U.S. census Military records was born bet. 1871-1872 in Denmark -- he was 29 years in 1900 and 38 years in 1910. The 1900 census showed he had been in the US for 12 years, which would have his immigration in 1888. Judging by his photos, I would have put his age in his early 40's. The other data on the census records has him from PA and his address in 1900 was S. Front St. at #96 -- I am not certain of the spelling of the street name.

My grandfather told me he found out about the medal when Peter called out for not being in full uniform as he wasn't wearing the medal during inspection.

In 1900 he was stationed aboard the Abarenda in Pago Pago, Samoan Islands as a Machinist 1st Class and later on the Wilmington as Chief Master at Arms.


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