PFC Ralph H. Johnson (USMC), Scholarship

ralp johnsonRalph Johnson was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1967 at the age of 18, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and after completing his basic training was assigned to the Marine Corps’ 1ST Reconnaissance Battalion. On March 5, 1968 while monitoring enemy activity behind enemy lines in the Republic of Vietnam, his patrol was attacked by a much larger North Vietnamese force. During one of the attacks, a grenade landed in PFC Johnson’s “fighting hole.” Without hesitation, he called for his fellow Marines to get back, while throwing himself on the explosive device. His sacrifice allowed those who survived to maintain their section of the defensive perimeter, which saved the lives of the remaining members of his patrol. In recognition of his selfless actions in combat, he was posthumously awarded the nation’s highest and most prestigious military decoration—the Medal of Honor.

To find out more about Ralph Johnson and the people he saved, click HERE.Ralph Johnson Boat

Ralph’s sacrifice changed forever the lives of those whom he saved. This scholarship honors Ralph’s service and sacrifice by continuing his legacy of changing lives. We hope you will join us in this endeavor to recognize one of our own!

The scholarship is being established in coordination with the commissioning of the USS RALPH JOHNSON (DDG 114), which will join the U.S. Navy’s Fleet in a ceremony in Charleston, South Carolina on March 24, 2018.

VIP ticket and sponsorship information for various giving levels to the scholarship can be found by clicking HERE.

Additionally, you can register for general admission tickets to the commissioning ceremony by visiting the committee’s website at www.navyleaguecharleston.org.

 
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