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PFC Ralph Henry Johnson

PFC Ralph Henry Johnson

Birth
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Death 5 Mar 1968 (aged 19)
Quang Nam, Vietnam
Burial Beaufort, Beaufort County, South Carolina, USA
Plot Section 3, Grave 21
Memorial ID 7024678 · View Source
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Vietnam Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the war in Vietnam as a Private First Class in Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein), FMF. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near the Quan Duc Valley, Republic of Vietnam, on March 5, 1968. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a reconnaissance scout with Company A, in action against the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong forces. In the early morning hours during Operation ROCK, Pfc. Johnson was a member of a 15-man reconnaissance patrol manning an observation post on Hill 146 overlooking the Quan Duc Valley deep in enemy controlled territory. They were attacked by a platoon-size hostile force employing automatic weapons, satchel charges and hand grenades. Suddenly, a hand grenade landed in the 3-man fighting hole occupied by Pfc. Johnson and 2 fellow marines. Realizing the inherent danger to his 2 comrades, he shouted a warning and unhesitatingly hurled himself upon the explosive device. When the grenade exploded, Pfc. Johnson absorbed the tremendous impact of the blast and was killed instantly. His prompt and heroic act saved the life of 1 marine at the cost of his life and undoubtedly prevented the enemy from penetrating his sector of the patrol's perimeter. Pfc. Johnson's courage, inspiring valor and selfless devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country".


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 7024678
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Ralph Henry Johnson (11 Jan 1949–5 Mar 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7024678, citing Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort, Beaufort County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .