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USS Ralph Johnson to be commissioned in Charleston

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A Navy destroyer that is named for Charleston-native Marine Pfc. Ralph Henry Johnson will be commissioned in Charleston, according to a news release.

The USS Ralph Johnson was launched in late 2015 in Pascagoula, Miss. (Photo/Huntington Ingalls Industries)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.

The USS Ralph Johnson, which is the 64th Arleigh Burke class destroyer, was launched at the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., in December 2015, the news release said.

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.

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