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    Let's celebrate the sacrifice of Ralph H. Johnson, born 1/11/1949

    Ralph H. Johnson was born 1/11/1949





    Ralph Henry Johnson (January 11, 1949 – March 5, 1968)
    was a United States Marine who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for heroism in March 1968 during the Vietnam War.

    When a hand grenade was thrown into his fighting hole, he immediately covered it with his body—absorbing the full impact of the blast—sacrificing his life to save a fellow Marine and preventing the enemy from penetrating his patrol perimeter.

    Ralph H. Johnson - Wikipedia

    Tomorrow he would have celebrated his 70th Birthday.

    I will lift a glass to toast the selfless sacrifice of his young life to save his fellow Marines.

    The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to
    PRIVATE FIRST CLASS RALPH H. JOHNSON
    UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
    for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

    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, First Reconnaissance Battalion, First Marine Division in action against the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong forces in the Republic of Vietnam. In the early morning hours of March 5, 1968, during OPERATION ROCK, First Class Johnson was a member of a fifteen-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 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 own 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.[8]

    /S/ RICHARD M. NIXON

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