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Rufus Zenas Johnston
Rear Admiral, United States Navy
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Medal 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.

RZ Johnston USNA PHOTO
United States Naval Academy Photo

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. 

Citation:

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.



RZ Johnston Gravesite PHOTO
Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, August 2006

Rufus Z. Johnston Gravesite PHOTO
Photo courtesy of Raymond L. Collins

JOHNSTON, RUFUS Z
R/ADM USN
DATE OF BIRTH: 06/07/1874
DATE OF DEATH: 07/04/1959
BURIED AT: SECTION 2  SITE 3645 RH
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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