Louis E. Johnston

Corpl. Machine Gun Co., 120th Inf.; son of J. A. Johnston, of Davidson, N.C. Enlisted in N.C. N. G. at Charlotte, N.C., June 23, 1916. Served on the Mexican border with the guard. In the 30th Div., was with Co. M, 120th Inf., and before reaching France, transferred to Machine Gun Co., 120th Inf., serving with it until date of discharge, April 17, 1919. Saw service in the “Canal Sector,” Belgium, Ypres, Lys offensives, Somme offensive. Called to Washington, D. C., to receive the British Military Medal from the Prince of Wales, American Distinguished Service Cross from Gen’l. Pershing and was mentioned in G. O. No. 2, Hdgrs., 30th Div., Jan. 10, 1919, for Valor, Official Citation as follows: Corporal Louis E. Johnston, Machine Gun Co., 120th Inf., 30th Div., A. E. F., attached to the 2nd Platoon at the advance from St. Martine Rivere to Mazinghein. This platoon was during the nights of 18-19, October, 1918, advancing with the attacking battalion and became separated from it. After repeated attempts to locate the battalion had failed, Corporal Johnston volunteered for the search; accordingly he was sent forward, although he was unacquainted with the country and although he had to proceed along the country roads heavily shelled and under terrific enemy machine gun fire, using his gas mask practically all the way, this soldier continued in his search until he located the battalion, which was heavily engaged. On account of his bravery and his trustworthiness, his machine guns were able to rejoin the battalion and take part in the battle with them on the following day. His conduct and bravery at all times throughout Belgium and France, and particularly through the terrific fighting at the Hindenburg Line, was worthy of the utmost commendation.



MLA Source Citation:

AccessGenealogy.comNorth Carolina World War 1 Military Records. AccessGenealogy.com. Web. 30 July 2014. http://www.accessgenealogy.com/north-carolina/louis-e-johnston.htm - Last updated on Nov 7th, 2011


Categories: ,
Topics:
Locations: ,
Surnames:

Contribute to the Conversation!

Our "rules" are simple. Keep the conversation on subject and mind your manners! If this is your first time posting, we do moderate comments before we let them appear... so give us a while to get to them. Once we get to know you here, we'll remove that requirement.

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Newsletter Signup

We currently provide two newsletters. Why not take both for a run?

Genealogy Update: We send out this newsletter whenever we feature a new, or significantly updated, collection or database on our website.

Circle of Nations: We send out this newsletter whenever we feature a new (or significantly updated) Native American collection or database on our website.

Once you've clicked on the Subscribe button above you'll receive an email from us requesting confirmation. You must confirm the email before you will be able to receive any newsletter.