Herbert C. Johnson, Jr was born on 7 November 1927 in Huntsville, AL. He enlisted in the Army on 16 March 1946 and served on occupational duty in Europe as a rifleman in Company A, 350th Infantry. He was honorably discharged from the service in 1947. He reentered studies at Auburn University. Herbert Johnson interrupted his studies again to enlist in the Army for duty in the Korean War. PFC Herbert Johnson was assigned to Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. During the Chinese invasion of the winter of 1950-51, PFC Herbert Johnson stood his ground near Kyongan-ni, Korea, alone in a foxhole, his fellow 4th squad members dead or retreated, against hundreds of oncoming enemy soldiers. When other American soldiers found him the next morning on February 14, 1951, he was surrounded by five dead Chinese / North Korean soldiers and he himself was decapitated. For his gallantry in action against superior numbers, PFC Herbert Johnson, Jr was posthumously awarded the nation's third highest valor award, the Silver Star.