RALPH H JOHNSON
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HONORED ON PANEL 43E, LINE 8 OF THE WALL

RALPH HENRY JOHNSON

WALL NAME

RALPH H JOHNSON

PANEL / LINE

43E/8

DATE OF BIRTH

01/11/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/05/1968

HOME OF RECORD

CHARLESTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Berkeley County

STATE

SC

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RALPH HENRY JOHNSON
POSTED ON 10.3.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC Ralph Johnson, Thank you for your service as a Rifleman, and for your bravery which earned you the MEDAL OF HONOR. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. The time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 1.19.2018
POSTED BY: K

A Great Hero...A Great Marine....Great Human Being

God Bless You Ralph
You laid down your life so others could live
Semper FI Marine
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POSTED ON 3.5.2017
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Vietnam

Medal of Honor

Ralph Henry Johnson
Date of birth: January 11, 1949
Date of death: March 5, 1968
Burial location: Beaufort, South Carolina
Place of Birth: South Carolina, Charleston
Home of record: Oakland California
Status: KIA

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Medal of Honor

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Private First Class Ralph Henry Johnson (MCSN: 2356797), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 5 March 1968, while serving as a reconnaissance scout with Company A, First Reconnaissance Battalion, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in action against the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong forces on Hill 146, near Quan Duc Valley, Republic of Vietnam. In the early morning hours during Operation ROCK, Private First Class 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 three-man fighting hole occupied by Private First Class Johnson and two fellow Marines. Realizing the inherent danger to his two comrades, he shouted a warning and unhesitatingly hurled himself upon the explosive device. When the grenade exploded, Private First Class Johnson absorbed the tremendous impact of the blast and was killed instantly. His prompt and heroic act saved the life of one Marine at the cost of his life and undoubtedly prevented the enemy from penetrating his sector of the patrol's perimeter. Private First Class Johnson's courage, inspiring valor and selfless devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Action Date: 5-Mar-68

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Private First Class

Company: Company A

Battalion: 1st Force Reconnaissance Battalion

Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.) FMF
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POSTED ON 4.6.2016
POSTED BY: Bob Ahles, Vietnam Vet, St. Cloud, MN

Peace with Honor

You were one of the brave that answered the call. You honored us by your service and sacrifice. We now honor you each time we stand and sing the words “THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE”. Rest in Peace and Honor Ralph.
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POSTED ON 11.16.2014
POSTED BY: Michael Simon

To My Role Model

PFC Johnson,
First off I would like to thank you for giving fellow Americans like myself a future to look forward to. You and the hundreds of thousands of Marines that have died in Vietnam are the reason for me being alive for the past 19 years now and again I thank you. You are the reason for joining the Marine Corps, the reason I'll be leaving for recruit training in 8 weeks (as of Monday). The irony of this is that I'm leave for recruit training on YOUR birthday, sir. And I will graduate because if you did it, than I sure as hell can too. And when I become a Marine, I will come visit you at your resting place and salute you, because I will forever become your brother and forever branded with the title Marine. OORAH and SEMPER FI, PFC JOHNSON!!!!!!
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