Ernest August Janson

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Ernest August Janson was born in New York City, New York back in 1878.  He served with the U.S. Army for 10 years before enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1910.  He served in the Marines until being discharged in 1914.  He re-enlisted in the same year with the Marines serving on the USS Nebraska. 

In 1917, he sailed to France aboard the USS DeKalb, serving with the 49th Company, 5th Regiment.  he was wounded at the Battle of Belleau Wood.  In 1918, he returned to the United States where he was admitted to the Naval Hospital, New York for continued treatment of his wounds.  He served out the remainder of his time as a recruiter in New York City.  He died in 1930, he was 51.

What you may not know about Sergeant Major Janson is that he was one of only five people to received two Medal of Honor awards, one from the Army and one from the Navy for actions during WWI.  It is no longer possible for anyone to receive two Medal of Honors.

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Comments (16)

Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well that is a first that can't be broken. A true American hero.

Nov 27, 2020 04:27 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I just read more of his history and he was well worthy. 

He was also an escort and pal bearer for the Unknown Soldier.

Hopefully, someday we will live in peace and harmony.

Nov 27, 2020 04:41 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I didn't realize people could serve for both the army and the navy.  Pretty good of him to receive medals from both.

Nov 27, 2020 04:49 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - further evidence that heroes walk and have walked among us.  

Nov 27, 2020 05:02 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - so that is a one time honor and he is the only one who holds it.

Nov 27, 2020 05:22 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I love people who understand a sense of duty James Dray . We all have a duty to our clients and thank goodness we usually don't have to take on flying ordinances when we do.

Nov 27, 2020 05:31 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... well the, I suppose Earnest's record of two medals will stand forever never to be challenged. Wonder why they disallowed this.

Nov 27, 2020 05:37 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Ernest was a determined man who saw no detours to victory. Enjoy your day!

Nov 27, 2020 05:38 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I did not know they disallowed it, it seems to me that I have seen more than one medal of honor on the recipients...A

Nov 27, 2020 06:26 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - Just to receive one Medal of Honor is an amazing feat but

Nov 27, 2020 07:49 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

He was certainly a well-decorated hero - that's pretty impressive to have been awared 2 Medals on Honor, and wonderful that he was recognized for his achievements.


Nov 27, 2020 10:23 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Wow, what a brave man, and an obviously great American hero. 

Nov 27, 2020 10:30 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi james- he sounds like he was a remarkable person and a hero!

Nov 27, 2020 04:46 PM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

True courage, valor and American pride. Why can't they add these people to the history books in school to show what true courage is all about.

Nov 29, 2020 06:33 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Regulations now stipulate that soldiers cannot receive two citations for a single action. Perhaps the most notable two-time Medal of Honor recipients are Smedley Butler and Dan Daly, both Marines who began their careers in the late-19th century before serving in World War I

Dec 26, 2020 01:05 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Ernest August Janson dedicated his life in service to his country. He was awarded for his dedication and valor in a way in which no one can any longer be rewarded. That is pretty special.

Mar 13, 2021 09:01 AM

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