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Willie Johnston

Death: Sep 16, 1941

Birthplace: Morristown

Nationality: United States

Willie Johnston

Date of Death : Sep 16, 1941
Birth Place : Morristown

William H. "Willie" Johnston, from St. Johnsbury, Vermont, was a drummer boy in Company D of the 3rd Vermont Infantry. His service during the Seven Days retreat in the Peninsula Campaign was exemplary. He was the only drummer in his division to come away with his instrument, during a general rout. His superiors considered this a meritorious feat, when fellow soldiers had thrown away their guns. As a result, he received the Medal of Honor on the recommendation of his division commander, thereby becoming the youngest recipient of the highest decoration at 13 years of age.

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