Congressional Medal of Honor museum planned in Rapid City

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Rapid City man who wrote a book about Congressional Medal of Honor recipients is now opening a museum to honor them.

The Rapid City Journal reports John L. Johnson's museum is to open Aug. 1 at the Rushmore Mall. It will have individual plaques for the more than 3,500 people recognized for valor in combat with the nation's highest military honor.

Johnson works for the public school district. He published a book about medal recipients in 2007 that was updated in 2010. He believes it's important to remember and honor a part of the nation's military history that he believes is being lost.

Museum admission will be free. Johnson is funding the effort through his own money, donations, other fundraising and proceeds from an artist's market he runs in the mall.

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