Idaho ceremony recognizes Medal of Honor recipient

Idaho ceremony recognizes Medal of Honor recipient

Credit: United States Marine Corps

Sgt. James E. Johnson

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on November 3, 2013 at 4:24 PM

POCATELLO, Idaho -- An eastern Idaho native posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Korean War has been recognized at a special ceremony in Pocatello.

The Idaho State Journal reports that the daughter and grandson of Sgt. James Johnson received a framed copy Saturday of the Marine Corps citation that led to Johnson receiving the nation's highest military honor in 1954.

Officials say the 24-year-old Johnson in 1950 was last seen wounded but engaging in hand-to-hand fighting.

Elected officials in Bannock County declared Nov. 2 as Sgt. James Edmund Johnson Day. Saturday marked the 60th anniversary of Johnson being officially declared killed in action.

The event came about after Veterans Memorial historian Tom Daniels realized many area residents were unaware of Johnson's status as Bannock County's only Medal of Honor recipient.

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