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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center


USS Ralph Johnson

Arleigh Burker class guided-missile destroyer
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that a new Arleigh Burker class guided-missile destroyer will be named the USS Ralph Johnson in recognition of the Charleston native’s sacrifices while serving with the U.S. Marines in Vietnam. Pfc. Ralph H. Johnson was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for throwing himself on a grenade after shouting a warning to his fellow Marines. His actions saved the life of platoon leader Lt. Clebe McClary who resides in Pawley’s Island and prevented the enemy from penetrating his sector of the patrol’s perimeter in the Quan Duc Valley in Vietnam. The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center proudly bear his name. “It is an honor to walk through this VA’s doors every day and know that we have the privilege of bearing the name of a true American hero,” said Scott Isaacks, acting director of the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. “We at the VA strive to honor our nation’s heroes each day and we are so pleased to see Ralph’s legacy continue to be shared with current and future generations.”


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