Ralph H. Johnson

Image Courtesy: Ralph Johnson VA Medical Center.

A Medal of Honor recipient gets the spotlight in Faces of Black History today.

On March 5, 1968 a hand grenade landed in the hole Ralph H. Johnson was sharing with other Marines in Vietnam. He yelled to warn the others and then threw his body on top of that device. It killed him instantly but saved the others around him. He was 19-years-old, left a war at home for civil rights, and died in another war protecting those immediately around him.

Today there is VA Medical Center named for Ralph H. Johnson and the Navy just announced that a ship, a destroyer—will be named in his honor.

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