Guided Missile Destroyer to be Named for Charlestonian

September 21, 2017, 12:29 pm EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV) — Nearly 50 years after a Charleston native was killed in the Vietnam War, a Guided Missile Destroyer will be commissioned in his name.

A ceremony took place in downtown Charleston on Wednesday.

The sister of Pfc. Ralph H. Johnson, along with the Charleston community, learned how the U.S. Navy League plans to showcase the destroyer before it heads out to sea.

“People will learn more of him through this ship. I’m sure there would be so much to be told after the ship leaves Charleston,” said Helen Richards, Johnson’s sister.

Johnson was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously. He sacrificed his life in 1968 to save his fellow marines in Vietnam.

A commissioning ceremony will be held sometime next year.