The Youngest Medal of Honor Recipient

DrummerThe youngest Medal of Honor recipient was William “Willie” Johnston from St. Johnsbury, Vermont. He was eleven years old when he joined with his father and served as a drummer boy in Company D of the 3rd Vermont Infantry. During the Seven Days retreat in the Peninsula Campaign, Willie was the only drummer in his division to come away with his instrument, during a general rout. His superiors considered this a meritorious feat, when fellow soldiers had thrown away their guns. As a result, he received the Medal of Honor on the recommendation of his division commander. After he was mustered out of service on December 30, 1864, nothing is known of his life after his discharge from the Army. Tomorrow, A New Book by Jax Garren.   Rita Bay

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