Rufus Zenas Johnston
Rear Admiral, United States Navy
of Honor. Rank-Organization: Lieutenant Commander, United States Navy.
Place-Date: Vera Cruz, Mexico, 22 April 1914.
Entered Service: North Carolina. Born: Lincolnton, North Carolina, June 7, 1874. General Orders 177, 4 December 1915.
Graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1895. Retired: June 30, 1930.
Died on July 4, 1959 and buried in Section 2, Grave 3645, Arlington National Cemetery.
NOTE: His son, Rufus
Zenas Johnston, Jr., Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army, is also
buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
JOHNSTON, RUFUS ZENAS
Rank and organization: Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy. Born: 7 June 1874, Lincolnton, N.C. Accredited to: North Carolina. G.O. No.: 177, 4 December 1915. Other Navy award: Navy Cross.
For distinguished conduct in battle, engagement of Vera Cruz, 22 April 1914; was regimental adjutant, and eminent and conspicuous in his conduct. He exhibited courage and skill in leading his men through the action of the 22d and in the final occupation of the city.
Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, August 2006
JOHNSTON, RUFUS Z
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