Navy to commission destroyer in honor of Charleston native

Navy to commission destroyer in honor of Charleston native
PFC Ralph H. Johnson, USMC Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - In a few weeks, the U.S. Navy will commission the USS Ralph Johnson in Charleston.

Marine Private First Class Ralph Johnson was killed in action after he hurled himself onto an enemy grenade in Vietnam in 1968.

His actions saved the life of a fellow Marine.

Johnson, a Charleston native, posthumously received the Medal of Honor.

In 2012, the Secretary of the Navy designated the Navy's 64th Arleigh Burke Destroyer DDG114 to be named the USS Ralph Johnson in honor of the Marine, according to the Navy League of the United States Charleston Council.

The commissioning ceremony will be held March 24.

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