New Navy destroyer to be commissioned in Charleston for hometown hero Ralph Johnson

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — One of the U.S. Navy’s newest warships will be commissioned in Charleston, hometown of Marine Pfc. Ralph H. Johnson.

He posthumously received the U.S. military’s highest award for his actions during the Vietnam War. The 19-year-old used his body to shield two fellow Marines from a grenade, dying instantly in March 1968.

A date for the ceremony for the USS Ralph Johnson has not be set.

On January 11, Johnson would have been 68-year-old.

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