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Johan Johansson
Born (1870-05-12)May 12, 1870
Died December 4, 1948(1948-12-04) (aged 78)
Place of birth Sweden
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Virginia, United States
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Boatswain's Mate Second Class
Unit U.S.S. Nashville
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
Awards Medal of Honor

Johan J. Johansson (May 12, 1870- December 4, 1948) was an ordinary seaman serving in the United States Navy during the Spanish–American War who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Johansson was born May 12, 1870, in Sweden and after entering the navy was sent to fight in the Spanish–American War aboard the U.S.S. Nashville as an ordinary seaman.[1]

On May 11, 1898, the Nashville was given the task of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba. During the operation and facing heavy enemy fire, he continued to perform his duties throughout this action.[1]

He died December 4, 1948, and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Virginia.[2][3] His grave can be found in section 13, site 720.[3]

Medal of Honor citation[]

Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 12 May 1870, Sweden. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 521, 7 July 1899.


On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Johansson set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.[1]

See also[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Johansson, Johan J.". Medal of Honor recipients, War With Spain. United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved July 10, 2010. 
  2. "Johan J. Johansson". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved July 10, 2010. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "John J. Johansson; Seaman, United States Navy". Arlington National Cemetery August 21, 2000. Retrieved July 10, 2010. 

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