FORCE RECON Johnson, Ralph Henry

John Robertson

Staff member
Ralph Henry
  • UNIT
1 Recon Bn (A Company) (1 MarDiv)
  • RANK
Private First Class
Medal of Honor
South Vietnam 1968
KIA - see Roll of Honour



Medal Of Honor : 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
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