Photos courtesy of Alex Colvin

Ralph Henry Johnson

Ralph Henry Johnson

Remembering Pfc. Ralph H. Johnson

Helen Richards gazes at a portrait of her brother, Ralph H. Johnson, displayed in the lobby of the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

Marine's name to be added to California Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Will never be forgotten.

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Lietnenant Clebe McClary and Major General James E. Livingston stand next to PFC Ralph H. Johnson's display in the Medal of Honor Museum aboard the USS Yorktown.

Vietnam War Veterans Lance Cpl. Alex Colvin and 1st Lt. Clebe McClary, U.S. Marine Corps (ret.)

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

Vietnam Tribute Video

PFC Ralph Henry Johnson

Sister dropped to knees learning Johnson to be honored again.

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1st Lt. Clebe McClary, U.S. Marine Corps (ret.) and Lance Cpl. Alex Colvin 1st Recon Bn.

Personal Comments & Pictures

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Rest in peace You are not forgotten. 

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to

for service as set forth in the following


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 5 March 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 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.