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Rep. Johnson receives Legion of Merit for outstanding military service and achievement

COLUMBUS — Rep. Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) was awarded the prestigious Legion of Merit during a recent session of the Ohio House of Representatives.

The Legion of Merit is awarded to any member of the United States Armed Forces or a friendly foreign nation who has distinguished himself or herself by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements.

“Representative Johnson is a remarkable individual who not only gives 100 percent of himself to his constituents in the 89th House District, but also served our nation with distinction and dignity,” said Speaker of the House William G. Batchelder. “He is truly deserving of this honor and I could not be prouder to have him as my colleague and friend in the House.”

“One of the things that was very hard for me when I ran for state representative was knowing that it would probably cost me my career in the National Guard,” said Johnson as he addressed his colleagues on the House floor. “It was a great personal sacrifice. I love the guard. They are truly citizen soldiers. They stand ready to defend Ohio from natural disasters and any threat, and I am deeply honored to have served with them.”

The honor was established by act of Congress in 1942.