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First Name: Rufus

Last Name: Johnston

Birthplace: Lincolnton, NC, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Home of Record: NC
Middle Name: Zenas

Date of Birth: 07 June 1874

Date of Death: 04 July 1959

Rank or Rate: Rear Admiral

Years Served: 1895 - 1930
Rufus Zenas Johnston

•  Philippine-American War (1899 - 1902)
•  Boxer Rebellion (1899 - 1901)
•  Occupation of Veracruz (1914)
•  World War I (1914 - 1918)


Rufus Zenas Johnston

Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy

Medal of Honor Recipient

Occupation of Veracruz

Rear Admiral Rufus Zenas Johnston (7 June 1874 - 4 July 1959) was a U.S. Navy officer who received the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions during the Occupation of Veracruz. Johnston also served in the Battle of Santiago de Cuba, Boxer Rebellion, Philippine-American War and World War I.

Rufus Zenas Johnston was born on 7 June 1874 in Lincolnton, NC. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1895.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy

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.

Medals and Awards

Medal of Honor
Navy Cross

Death and Burial

Rear Admiral Rufus Zenas Johnston died on 4 July 1959. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, in Section 2, Grave 3645.

Honoree ID: 2009   Created by: MHOH




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