August 20, 2010

Peter Johnson

Johnson was born December 29, 1857 in Sumerland, England. He was living in Michigan when he enlisted in the United States Navy and sent to fight in the Spanish-American War as a Fireman First Class aboard the U.S.S. Potomac. He was afterward transferred to the U.S.S. Vixen, where, on the night of May 28, 1898, a sudden explosion from the front boiler threatened to sink the ship and all aboard. At great personal risk, he entered the boiler room alone and made the necessary repairs to keep the fire contained until they could pull into safe harbor. For this brave action, he was awarded the Medal Of Honor for bravery on August 27, 1904. Johnson died on June 21, 1943 and buried in San Antonio.

On board the U.S.S. Vixen on the night of 28 May 1898. Following the explosion of the lower front manhole gasket of boiler A of the vessel, Johnson displayed great coolness and self-possession in entering the fireroom.

GPS Coordinates
29° 28.571, -098° 25.913

Section F
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
San Antonio

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