DONALD R. JOHNSTON *
Rank and organization:
Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, Company D, 1st
Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division.
lace and date:
Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam, 21 March 1969.
Entered service at:
19 November 1947, Columbus,
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.
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