FIRST LIEUTENANT SEWALL H. E. JOHNSON, 028712, Infantry, Company "M",65th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. On 25 October 1950,near Muju, Korea, Lieutenant Johnson was a member of a reconnaissance patrolwhen enemy fire on one of their flanks greatly endangered the success of its mission. Realizing the need for immediate and positive action and ignoring all danger to his personal safety he ran along an exposed road to contact aseventy-five millimeter recoilless rifle section. Upon doing so, he gave a fire order and instructions as to the position from where the section would fire. He then moved to a point away from the selected position, opened fire with his carbine to attract enemy attention, and signaled the gun crew into position. They then neutralized the enemy fire and forced his withdrawal. Lieutenant Johnson's quick tactical decision, the execution of it, and his intrepid action in drawing enemy fire to himself, enabled the flank of the patrol to be secured and the continuance of its mission. This gallant action reflects great credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the military service from the State of South Dakota.
Source: Record Group 338: General Orders 3rd Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131 -
National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Colonel William W. Harris, CO, 65th Infantry RGT, erd Infantry Division (left), presents the Silver
Star to Captain Sewallh E. Johnson of Sioux Falls, S.D., a member of the 3rd Battalion, 65th Infantry
RGT, for gallantry in action against the Communist forces near Muju, Korea, on 25 October 1950,
during ceremonies in Korea. 12 Feb 1951