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John Peter Johanson
Born (1865-01-22)January 22, 1865
Died December 14, 1937(1937-12-14) (aged 72)
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 Chief Boatswain's Mate
Unit U.S.S. Marblehead
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
World War I
Awards Medal of Honor

John Peter Johanson (January 22, 1865 – December 14, 1937) was a sailor serving in the United States Navy during the Spanish–American War who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Johanson was born January 22, 1865, in Sweden and after entering the navy was sent to fight in the Spanish–American War aboard the U.S.S. Marblehead as a seaman.[1]

On May 11, 1898, the Marblehead 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 14, 1937, and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Virginia.[2][3] His grave can be found in section 6, site 9768.[3]

Medal of Honor citation

Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 22 January 1865, Sweden. Accredited to: Maryland. G.O. No.: 529, 21 November 1899.


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

See also


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

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