Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Johnstons in:
 • Fort Benning Post Cemetery
 • Fort Benning
 • Muscogee County
 • Georgia
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Spec Donald Ray Johnston
Birth: Nov. 19, 1947
Columbus
Muscogee County
Georgia, USA
Death: Mar. 21, 1969
Tay Ninh
Tay Ninh, Vietnam

Viet Nam Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp4c. Johnston distinguished himself while serving as a mortarman with Company D, at a fire support base in Tay Ninh Province. Sp4c. Johnston's company was in defensive positions when it came under a devastating rocket and mortar attack. Under cover of the bombardment, enemy sappers broke through the defensive perimeter and began hurling explosive charges into the main defensive bunkers. Sp4c. Johnston and 6 of his comrades had moved from their exposed positions to 1 of the bunkers to continue their fight against the enemy attackers. As they were firing from the bunker, an enemy soldier threw 3 explosive charges into their position. Sensing the danger to his comrades, Sp4c. Johnston, with complete disregard for his safety, hurled himself onto the explosive charges, smothering the detonations with his body and shielding his fellow soldiers from the blast. His heroic action saved the lives of 6 of his comrades. Sp4c. Johnston's concern for his fellow men at the cost of his life were in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army. Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, Company D, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. 
 
Burial:
Fort Benning Post Cemetery
Fort Benning
Muscogee County
Georgia, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Dec 22, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 7028176
Spec Donald Ray Johnston
Added by: Sue Seeterlin Rice
 
Spec Donald Ray Johnston
Added by: Carolyn Wickens
 
Spec Donald Ray Johnston
Added by: Don Morfe
 
There are 3 more photos not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.


- sjm
 Added: Nov. 19, 2014

- Marty Stewart
 Added: Nov. 19, 2014

- Lazer
 Added: Nov. 19, 2014
There are 153 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.2 after 36 votes)
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service