PDT Staff Report
COLUMBUS — Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder, R-Medina, announce Tuesday that State Rep. Terry Johnson, R-McDermott, was awarded the Legion of Merit during Tuesday’s 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.
“Rep. 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,” Batchelder said. “He is truly deserving of this honor and I could not be prouder to have him as my colleague and friend in the House.”
Johnson addressed his colleagues on the House Floor upon receiving the award and said it was sacrifice giving up his career in the National Guard when he was elected to the State House.
“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.