A Navy destroyer that is named for Charleston-native Marine Pfc. Ralph Henry Johnson will be commissioned in Charleston, according to a news release.
During the Vietnam War in March 1968, Johnson used his body to shield two fellow Marines from a grenade. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Purple Heart, among other awards, and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston was named after him.
After it’s commissioned, the destroyer will be based at Naval Station Everett in Washington. A date for the commissioning ceremony in Charleston has not be set.