Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1824, Norway. Accredited
to: New York. G.O. No.: 82, 23 February 1867.
Citation: As seaman on board
the U.S.S. Metacomet, Johnson served as a member of the boat's crew which
went to the rescue of the U.S. Monitor Tecumseh when that vessel was struck
by a torpedo in passing the enemy forts in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. He
braved the enemy fire which was said by the admiral to be "one of the most
galling" he had ever seen, and aided in rescuing from death 10 of the crew
of the Tecumseh, thereby eliciting the admiration of both friend and foe.
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)