Rufus Zenas Johnston

Date of birth: June 7, 1874
Date of death: July 4, 1959
Burial location: Arlington, Virginia
Place of Birth: North Carolina, Lincolnton
Home of record: Lincolnton North Carolina

Rufus Johnston graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1895. He retired on June 30, 1930, as a Rear Admiral.


Medal of Honor

Awarded for actions during the Dominican Republic Occupation

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Commander Rufus Zenas Johnston, United States Navy, for distinguished conduct in battle during the engagement of Vera Cruz, Mexico, 22 April 1914. Lieutenant Commander Johnston 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.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 177 (December 4, 1915)

Action Date: 22-Apr-14

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Company: Regimental Adjutant

Submitted by Doug Bewall RMCM USN Ret