Clement B Johnston, Jr

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
12 July 1947 - 28 April 1966
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Navy Cross

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Clement B Johnston, Jr

10 Feb 2001

Clement, or "Snuffy" as we all called him, was our first loss in D Company 1st Recon Bn. He was a one-of-a-kind Marine to the end, missed and loved by all. As we of 1st Recon Bn gather together your memory is with each of us as we recall the Nam. Missed but never forgotten

A memorial from his Recon Brother,
Randy Kendall

26 Sep 2006

I will never forget you or that morning.
Keep heaven safe for the rest of us.

HM3 Lynn B. Day
P O Box 767, Seabeck Wa 98380

The President of the United States
takes pride in presenting the


posthumously to

Clement B. Johnston
Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps

for service as set forth in the following


For extraordinary heroism as a member of a reconnaissance platoon, Company D, First Reconnaissance Battalion, First Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in action against enemy Viet Cong forces in the vicinity of Xuan Ngoc Village in Quang Ngai Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 28 April 1966. Corporal Johnston, a fellow Marine, and a Navy Corpsman were occupying a position when an undetermined number of insurgents (Viet Cong) quietly approached their location and threw two hand grenades into their midst. Corporal Johnston saw one of the grenades and leaped at his companions, knocking them to the ground and shielding them from the blast of the grenade. In so doing he absorbed the terrific force of the explosion and saved his friends from major injuries and possible loss of life. Corporal Johnston's courageous action and selfless devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the cause of freedom.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a Recon Brother,
Randy Kendall

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 10 Feb 2001
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