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Fairfield County – Bronze Star Vietnam Veteran Honored by Designation of Roadway


COLUMBUS – The Ohio Senate has approved Senate Bill 145, sponsored by State Senator Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster), marking a significant step toward honoring the memory of Corporal David A. Johnston. The bill seeks to designate a section of Refugee Road in Fairfield County as the “Corporal David A. Johnston Memorial Highway” in remembrance of his service and sacrifice.

Corporal Johnston, a 1967 graduate of Pickerington High School, tragically lost his life in combat during the Vietnam War on March 3, 1969. Senator Schaffer emphasized Johnston’s heroism and selflessness, highlighting his award of the Bronze Star for acts of valor in the face of extreme adversity.

“Corporal Johnston’s bravery and sacrifice exemplify the true spirit of a hometown hero,” stated Schaffer. “By designating a portion of Refugee Road in his honor, we ensure that his legacy and contributions to our nation are never forgotten, inspiring future generations with his remarkable story of courage.”

During his service, Corporal Johnston served in the United States Marine Corps as a member of Mike Company, Third Battalion, Fifth Regiment, First Marine Division. His courageous actions and dedication to duty earned him the respect and admiration of his fellow service members.

Corporal Johnston’s profound impact is felt deeply in his hometown of Pickerington, where he remains the only casualty of the Vietnam War from Pickerington High School. His memory lives on through the naming of American Legion Post 283 in Pickerington in his honor.

David England, representing American Legion Post 283, expressed the significance of the proposed memorial highway, particularly to Corporal Johnston’s surviving family members. “It would be a great sense of pride to the veterans of the Post who honorably served our country and most certainly his sister and brother,” remarked England.

Senate Bill 145 now moves forward, bringing Corporal David A. Johnston one step closer to being forever remembered and honored for his service and sacrifice.