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Family of WWII soldier to be presented with Purple Heart Medal

Posted at 4:30 PM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 17:31:51-05

FORT HOOD, TX — The family of a World War II soldier who was killed in combat will be presented with a Purple Heart Medal.

Staff Sergeant Jesse Paul Johnson was a 1-8 Cavalry Soldier during WWII. He was mortally wounded on March 16, 1944 after he exposed himself to enemy fire during a battle on Manus Island, part of Papua New Guinea.

He passed away on March 17, 1944.

Fort Hood will present a Purple Heart Medal to the Johnson family during a ceremony at 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 14.