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Wednesday Briefing: Judge Melissa Distler, Bowling Trial, Azure Assisted Living, Harlem Renaissance, Hidden Treasures

| February 20, 2019

It's now Judge Melissa Distler: formerly known as County Judge Melissa Moore-Stens, the judge married John Distler of Palm Coast at Disney's Boardwalk this week, with Flagler Clerk of Court Tom Bexley officiating. Thank you to the Distlers for sharing the picture, and congratulations.

It’s now Judge Melissa Distler: formerly known as County Judge Melissa Moore-Stens, the judge married John Distler of Palm Coast at Disney’s Boardwalk Monday, with Flagler Clerk of Court Tom Bexley officiating. Thank you to the Distlers for sharing the picture, and congratulations.

Today:: Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows in the lower 60s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent. Details here.
Today’s document from the National Archives and the Astronomy Picture of the Day.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Drought Index: 92
Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day: prestigious.
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

“… My dear friend, I entreat you, don’t philosophize, don’t doubt, marry, marry, marry.”

–From Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” (1867).




In Flagler and Palm Coast:

Note: all government meetings noticed below are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Many can be heard or seen live through each agency’s website.

The Sheriff’s daily incident reports and jail bookings are posted here.

In Court: A new trial enters its third day in the case of Michael Bowling, the 47-year-old Palm Coast man accused of molesting a 15-year-old girl in a closet during a sleep-over, as the girl was visiting her friend–Bowling’s step-daughter. The prosecution likely concludes its case today, starting at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County courthouse. Bowling also faces accusations of raping his step-daughter, but those charges are to be tried separately. Bowling was tried on just the molestation charges in December. The trial ended in a mistrial.

The Flagler County Technical Review Committee meets at 9 a.m. in the First Floor Conference Room of the Government Services Building, Bunnell.

The Tourist Development Council meets at 10 a.m. in board chambers at Government Services Building, Bunnell.

The Flagler County Contractor Review Board meets at 5 p.m. in board chambers at the Government Services Building, Bunnell.

The Palm Coast Planning Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The board reviews the technicalk site plan for a new assisted living facility, called Azure, consisting of 111 units with 116 beds. The project is proposed for construction on a vacant 5-acre site at 144 Cypress Point Parkway, which is about 400 feet east of Pine Cone Drive on the south side of Cypress Point Parkway and directly west of the City Market Place. This assisted living and memory care facility will be constructed as a three-story building comprising 94,620 square feet. City staff recommends approval.

The Flagler Beach Economic Development Task Force meets at 4 p.m. at City Hall, 105 S 2nd St.

George C. FraseHarlem Renaissance, a program presented by the African American Entrepreneurs Association as part of Black History Month, featuring speaker George Fraser, chairman and CEO of FraserNet, a company he founded over 30 years ago to lead a global networking and economic development movement for people of African descent. He spent 20 years in leadership positions with Procter & Gamble, United Way and Ford Motor Company before starting FraserNet in 1987. He’s written 6 best-selling books. He has been named as one of the best speakers in America and 5 of his speeches have been selected for global distribution by the prestigious Vital Speeches of the Day magazine, a first for any professional speaker in America. In 2016 President Obama awarded Dr. Fraser “The President’s Lifetime Achievement Award.” 6 p.m. at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 N. US HWY 1, Palm Coast (just north of Whiteview Parkway). Members, $25, guests, $35, students, $10. Call 386/234-2014.

Ribbon Cutting: Hidden Treasure Restaurant: Celebrate Hidden Treasure Restaurant’s three-year Anniversary from 5 to 7 p.m. With three locations in Florida our very own Flagler Beach is home to this true Hidden Treasure located in the Intracoastal Waterway under the Highway Bridge 100. They have daily food and drink specials with a tropical atmosphere and live music daily.

The Blue Power 2020 Action Forum, 12:30 p.m. at the Fair Trade Cafe at Palm Coast’s City Marketplace, 160 Cypress Point Pkwy. Come and join other progressive Democrats to discuss local, state and national issues, and propose actions to influence elected leaders. The Forum is open and informal and all opinions and ideas are welcomed. This is your opportunity to meet and lend your voice and knowledge to people who share your values. For more information, contact Mike Cocchiola, The Blue Power forum meets every Wednesday.

COMMUNITY INPUT SOUGHT ON HEALTH ISSUES: Flagler county residents are being asked to speak up and voice their opinion on a variety of health-related topics through an online survey. The input from the community will be used to create health improvement plans to address community concerns and improve quality of life. The survey is online here and is available in English and Spanish. Results of the survey provide the foundation of Community Health Needs Assessments, which are a collection of data used to inform communities and develop goals to improve health outcomes. Once the assessments are complete, they will be used to create three-year Community Health Improvement Plans for both Volusia and Flagler counties. The assessments are being conducted in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health in Flagler and Volusia counties, Flagler Cares, local hospitals and Volusia and Flagler county government. Residents, employers and community partners are encouraged to share this link and ask others to take the survey as well. The survey will close February 28, 2019. Please take the survey here.

big red bus scheduleBlood Donations: The Big Red Bus will be at the following locations this week (schedule your donation by going to the website and entering a Palm Coast zip code, then locating one of the venues below):

  • Tuesday: Sea My Home Realty, 4750 East Moody Boulevard, Bunnell, from 1:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Palm Coast Ford, 1150 Palm Coast Parkway, 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Wednesday: St. Thomas Episcopal Church Of Flagler County, 5400 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast, 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday: Metro Diner, 250 Palm Coast Parkway, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday: Walmart, 174 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jail Bookings and Last 24 Hours' Incidents in Flagler, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Bunnell

flagler beach bunnell palm coast sheriff's police reports
Jail Bookings, March 14-15
Sheriff's night shift incident reports, March 14
Sheriff's day shift incident reports, March 14
Flagler Beach's night shift incident reports, March 14
Flagler Beach's day shift incident reports, March 14
Bunnell police's night shift incident reports, March 14
Bunnell police's day shift incident reports, March 14
Previous and archived reports
Sources: Flagler County Sheriff's Office, Flagler Beach Police Department, Bunnell Police Department. This is Flagler County's only comprehensive, one-stop compilation of all local law enforcement's daily day and night shift commanders' reports.


Flagler Beach Is Open For Business: A1A Construction Update:

FlaglerLive is providing weekly updates to year-long construction on and near State Road A1A in Flagler Beach as the Florida Department of Transportation rebuilds a 1.5-mile segment from South 9th Street to South 22nd Street, and builds a sea wall at the north end of town. These updates are provided through DOT or local officials. If you have any relevant information or images, you’re welcome to email them to the editor here.

Segment 2 (South 22nd Street to South 9th Street) Project Update

 Lane and Road Closures:

  • Residents are advised that several side streets will be closed at S.R. A1A to accommodate removal of barrier wall on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    • The contractor will close all side streets from South 19th Street to South 13th Street at S.R. A1A. Traffic will not be able to turn onto or off of S.R. A1A at those side streets.
    • Local traffic will be able to access driveways on the side streets between Central Avenue and S.R. A1A.
  • Single lane closures with flagging operations will continue on this segment. Motorists are asked to use caution and be prepared to stop.

Dune Walkovers:

The project team has announced that reconstruction of the walkovers is tentatively scheduled to begin in fall 2019. This timeframe is based on the current work schedule. Please note the schedule may be affected by weather or unforeseen circumstances. All walkovers impacted by construction will be restored to their pre-construction condition. The project team is taking care to store materials for each walkover separately, and is taking photographs to ensure walkovers are reconstructed to the way they were before work began.

 Please note that the walkovers must remain closed during construction for safety reasons. The walkovers had to be removed to accommodate the temporary pavement for the northbound travel lane that will be used during construction. Walkovers remain open to the north and south of the project.

Segment 3 (North 18th Street to Osprey Drive) Project Update

New Traffic Pattern Starting Friday, Feb. 15:

  • The contractor will be shifting the travel lanes along S.R. A1A slightly to the west to accommodate work on the buried seawall.
    • The new pattern will maintain one lane in each direction along S.R. A1A between North 18th Street and Osprey Drive.
  • Single lane closures with flagging operations will be in place on Thursday.

Dune Walkovers:

The contractor will continue to remove dune walkovers as needed to accommodate construction of the buried seawall. The affected dune walkovers include both public and private walkovers between North 18th Street and Osprey Drive. By contract, all affected dune walkovers will be reconstructed once work is complete to their pre-construction condition. The contractor is carefully removing and storing separately the existing materials for each walkover. Photographs also are being taken to document existing conditions and will be used to assist with reconstruction.

 Please note that the walkovers must remain closed during construction for safety reasons.

The project team has announced that reconstruction of the walkovers is tentatively scheduled to begin in fall 2019. This timeframe is based on the current work schedule. Please note the schedule may be affected by weather or unforeseen circumstances.

The contractor has 300 days to complete the work.

See Also:

The proposed roundabout at the intersection of Old Dixie Highway and U.S. 1 is intended to drastically reduce the number of severe crashes at one of the county's most dangerous intersections. Two other such roundabouts are proposed for other dangerous intersections in Flagler. Click on the image for larger view. (DOT)

The proposed roundabout at the intersection of Old Dixie Highway and U.S. 1 is intended to drastically reduce the number of severe crashes at one of the county’s most dangerous intersections. Two other such roundabouts are proposed for other dangerous intersections in Flagler. Click on the image for larger view.

U.S. 1 and Old Dixie Highway Roundabout Construction Updates:

FlaglerLive is providing weekly updates to the planned 15-month, $4.1 million construction of a roundabout at U.S. 1 and Old Dixie Highway. The project started in late January and is scheduled for completion by spring 2020.

This week southbound U.S. 1 will be reduced to one lane and be shifted slightly west onto new pavement. Southbound U.S. 1 traffic heading to Old Dixie Highway will be directed to stay on southbound U.S. 1 and make a U-turn to return to Old Dixie Highway using northbound U.S. 1. Old Dixie Highway drivers heading to southbound U.S. 1 will have to turn onto northbound U.S. 1 and make a U-turn to access southbound U.S. 1. Later this week, northbound U.S. 1 will be reduced to one lane and shifted west onto the existing southbound side of the roadway. Once this shift is made, U.S. 1 will have one lane in each direction through the project area. The speed limit will be reduced along U.S. 1 through the construction zone, and drivers are asked to be alert and use caution when traveling through the work area.

More details here.

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flagler beach city commission logoFlagler Beach Citizens Academy: Eight consecutive Wednesdays beginning on March 6, 2019, running through April 24, 2019, from 2 to 5 p.m. Learn all there is to know about the history of your city, how your government works and is financed, and the responsibilities of staff and elected officials. Tour your city’s recreational, first responder, library, and public works facilities. Discover plans for the city’s future and opportunities for resident involvement. These sessions are open to anyone residing within the City of Flagler Beach. There will be a limit of 20 participants. Registration applications are available at City Hall, Building Department, Library, Police Department, Fire Department and on our City’s website ( All applications must be received by February 22, 2019. Jane Mealy, Commissioner City of Flagler Beach PO Box 70 Flagler Beach, FL 32136 You will then receive a detailed schedule of the sessions and where each will be held. If you have any questions, contact Jane Mealy at: 439-4811

In Florida and in State Government:

Note: Some proceedings below can be followed live on the Florida Channel. Most legislative proceedings can be followed through the Senate or House websites.

DOG RACING BAN ON AGENDA: The House Gaming Control Subcommittee will receive an update from the state Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering about implementation of a newly passed constitutional amendment that will ban greyhound racing in Florida. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

PANEL CONSIDERS SCHOOL BOARD TERM LIMITS; The House Oversight, Transparency & Public Management Subcommittee will take up a proposed constitutional amendment (HJR 229), filed by Rep. Anthony Sabatini, R-Howey-in-the-Hills, that would ask voters to place eight-year term limits on county school-board members. If approved by lawmakers, the proposal would go on the 2020 ballot because it is a proposed constitutional amendment. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Morris Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

WARDENS WEIGH IN: The Senate Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Subcommittee will hold a panel discussion in which prison wardens will discuss a series of issues in the corrections system. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., 37 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

HOSPITAL TAX EXEMPTIONS PRESENTED: The House Health Market Reform Subcommittee will receive a presentation about hospital charity-tax exemptions for property and tangible personal property. (Wednesday, 1 p.m., 306 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

STADIUM FUNDING TARGETED: The Senate Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee will take up a bill (SB 414), filed by Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, that would eliminate an unused pool of sales-tax dollars intended for building and improving professional sports facilities. The bill would repeal a controversial 2014 program that — despite never being used — lays out steps for the stadium money to become available. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

‘MEDICALLY ESSENTIAL’ ELECTRIC SERVICE DISCUSSED: The House Energy & Utilities Subcommittee will take up a proposal (HB 651), filed by Rep. David Smith, R-Winter Springs, that would place additional requirements on utilities about serving customers who rely on electric-powered equipment for medical reasons. (Wednesday, 4 p.m., 212 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

IMPACT FEES AT ISSUE: The House Local, Federal & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 207), filed by Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Naples, that would place additional restrictions on local impact fees. (Wednesday, 4 p.m., 12 House Office Building, the Capitol.)

MARIJUANA SMOKING CONSIDERED: The Senate Rules Committee is expected to take up a bill (SB 182), filed by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, that would eliminate a ban on smoking medical marijuana. The ban was included in a 2017 law that was designed to carry out a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana. But the ban has drawn a legal challenge and opposition from Gov. Ron DeSantis. (Wednesday, 4 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

WILDLIFE COMMISSION EYES SHARKS: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will begin a two-day meeting with topics that include new rules for shore-based shark fishing and final approval for the Gulf recreational red snapper season. (Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. Best Western Gateway Grand, 4200 N.W. 97th Blvd., Gainesville.)

SUPREME COURT TAKES UP DUI BLOOD CASE: The Florida Supreme Court will hold oral arguments in a Palm Beach County case involving questions about whether a warrant was needed to draw blood from a drunken-driving suspect who was unconscious. Byron McGraw, who was injured in a car accident in 2016, argues that the results of the blood test should be thrown out because he did not give consent. The 4th District Court of Appeal ruled against McGraw. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., Florida Supreme Court, 500 South Duval St., Tallahassee.)


—-Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive


In Coming Days in Palm Coast, Flagler and the Occasional Beyond:

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March 25: The Flagler County Stamp and Coin Club meets at 4:30 p.m. at the VFW Post 8696 47 N. Old Kings Road. From 4:30 - 6 p.m. the time is used for buying, selling and trading stamps and coins. The club meeting starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 7:30. There is a live auction of stamps and coins at the end of the meeting. The club is open for members, the general public, and all who are interested in stamp and coin collecting and investing. Free stamps and coin evaluations at all our meetings. The club is the only non-profit Stamp and Coin Club in Flagler County. For more information please visit the club's web site.
March 25: The "L" Word Identity Group, 6 p.m. at UNF-Jacksonville's John A. Delaney Student Union, Building 58E Room 1111. The L Word is a peer-led discussion group that allows female/feminine and lesbian spectrum identified individuals to meet and discuss a wide range of topics on coming out, relationships, labels, family dynamics, etc. The discussion group is open to all individuals falling on the female/feminine spectrum, including but not limited to: nonbinary, gender nonconforming and trans, bisexual women, queer folks, and questioning.
March 26: The Gargiulo Art Foundation and Palm Coast government unveil the inaugural sculpture of what will be a sculpture garden in Palm Coast's Central Park in Town Center, near City Hall, at 9 a.m. See details here.
March 26: FlaglerCares, the county-wide initiative to expand the safety net for citizens in need, meets at 1 p.m. in training room 3 on the third floor of the Government Services Building, Bunnell.
March 26: Great Organists at Stetson series, Boyd Jones, Stetson University Price Professor of Organ and University Organist. 7:30 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. All concerts are free and open to the public. Call 386/822-8950.
March 26: The Daytona State College Foundation’s Wisdom in Senior Education (WISE) program: Advanced Technology College (ATC), 1770 Technology Blvd, Daytona Beach, Multipurpose Room (Rm. 109), All About the Embry-Riddle Research Park. Dr. Stephanie Miller is executive director of Technology Transfer and Research Park Initiatives at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The research park is home to the John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex, (the MicaPlex), the Wind Tunnel Laboratory and coming in 2019, the Applied Aviation and Engineering Research Hanger. The MicaPlex houses Embry-Riddle’s Tech Business Incubator, tenant flex space, collaborative workspaces, cutting-edge laboratories and business support services, co-located to ensure that technology-focused startups will have every advantage for success. The Foundation created the WISE program to provide continuing education and cultural enrichment activities to senior members of the community. WISE is open to anyone age 50 or older, for $30 for an individual or $50 per couple per year. Find a complete list of spring presenters at For more information, contact Suzette Cameron (386) 506-4506, or
March 26: NuMIX Ensemble Concert, Dr. Erin Bodnar and Dr. Andrea Venet, directors. 7:30 p.m., UNF's Fine Arts Center, Building 45, Room 1200. Free admission.
March 26: Coffee and Conversation: Talking Religion with Civility. Join the Interfaith Center to discuss the challenges of talking religion with each other, and learn skills to navigate conflict and disagreement. Coffee and tea served. At UNF's Founders Hall, Building 2, Room 1400. Contact Matt Hartley (904) 620-5715.
March 26: Trans Talks, 4 p.m. at UNF's LGBT Resource Center Building, 1 UNF Drive, 58 East, Room 1111. Trans Talks is a peer led discussion group that allows transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming individuals to meet and discuss a wide range of topics associated with being transgender. This group is open to all individuals under the Transgender Spectrum including but not limited to: Transgender, Genderqueer, Genderfluid, and Agender. Please note that Trans Talks is a peer discussion group and that there is no mental health counselor or other accredited professional available at these events.
March 27: A final hearing is scheduled before a judge of workers compensation claims in the more than two dozen cases of Flagler County Sheriff's employees' claims related to what they believe to be the sick building, or Sheriff's Operations Center, evacuated last June. The 10 a.m. hearing is before Judge Wilbur Anderson at the Daytona Beach Office of the Judges of Compensations Claims, 444 Seabreeze Boulevard, Suite 450, Daytona Beach.
March 27: The Flagler Humane Society hosts a happy hour fundraiser at Uncaged on Oceanshore, 3468 Oceanshore Blvd, Flagler Beach, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, available here.
March 27: A meeting of the Compassionate Friends is scheduled at the Vitas Office at 4 North Old Kings Road (across from Kentucky Fried Chicken) in Palm Coast. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. The Compassionate Friends, a nonprofit self-help bereavement support organization for families that have experienced the death of a child. The meeting is open to all parents, grandparents, and siblings over age 18 who has suffered the loss of a child of any age. For more information, call John Brady at 610-428-3139. To learn more about The Compassionate Friends, visit their national website at
March 27: The Cummer Family Foundation Chamber Music Series presents Hagihara Violin & Piano Duo, 7:30 p.m. at UNF's Fine Arts Center, Building 45, Room 1200. ♦ March 28: Bunnell City Manager Alvin Jackson is the keynote speaker at the 34th Drug Court graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County Courthouse, before Circuit Judge Terence Perkins.
March 29: Rockin’ Dolphin Spring Concert Series. Come out and enjoy live music at Marineland There will be live bands playing from noon to 3 p.m. Local food trucks will be onsite with great food for purchase.
March 29-31: "Man of La Mancha," at the Daytona Playhouse, a musical directed by Rip Pellaton and Musical Director Melissa Cargile. The classic tale by Miguel de Cervantes about Don Quixote and the ever faithful servant Sancho as they dream the impossible dream, tilt at windmills and champion the beautiful harlot Aldonza. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14 to $23. Book here. Daytona Playhouse, 100 Jessamine Blvd., Daytona Beach. (386) 255-2431.
March 31: Daytona Solisti's Concert Series features "Mozartiana," an all-Mozart program with Michael Rickman, piano, Sue Cryan, violin, and Joe Corporon, cello. On the program: Mozart's Piano Sonata Nr. 9 in D Major K 311, Church Sonatas K 245 and K328, and the Piano Trio in G Major, K 496. 3:30 p.m. At First Presbyterian Church, 620 South Grandview Avenue, Daytona Beach. A $15 contribution is requested.
March 31: Lawson Ensemble Concert featuring music by Bach and Dohnanyi, Dr. Nick Curry, cello; Clinton Dewing, violin and viola; Aurica Duca, violin with guest Ellen Olson, viola. free admission, 3 p.m. at UNF's Fine Arts Center, Building 45, Room 1200.

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Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports

Here’s a summary of the latest city developments as of Feb. 15, 2019, with a link to the full week in review here.

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J.S. Bach: Trio Sonata in E-Flat Major, BWV 525, Doug Marshall, Organ

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1 Response for “Wednesday Briefing: Judge Melissa Distler, Bowling Trial, Azure Assisted Living, Harlem Renaissance, Hidden Treasures”

  1. Pogo says:

    @Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay

    Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Ralph H. Johnson. Ralph was born in 1949 on the west side of Charleston, South Carolina. The fourth born of 14 children, Ralph grew up during a time when opportunities were few for a young African American man with little money or connections. His sister Helen remembers, “We used to go to the Lincoln Theatre near Spring Street. Ralph would see the guys in their Marine Corps uniforms and he would say, “You know what? One day I’m going to wear that uniform.”

    In 1967, he enlisted into the Marine Corps Reserve in Oakland, California and a few months later entered the regular U.S. Marine Corps. He was quickly promoted to private first class. The night before he left for Vietnam, Helen remembers the two talking through the night and Ralph rushing in the early daylight to catch his flight. He arrived in Vietnam in January 1968 and was assigned to Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force.

    On March 5, Ralph went out with his reconnaissance patrol to an observation post near the Quan Duc Valley. When a grenade landed in his foxhole, Ralph jumped on the grenade and saved the lives of his fellow Marines on patrol. At 19 years old, Ralph died immediately from the blast. The Marines who survived were then able to hold the position and prevent enemy soldiers from breaking their line of defense.

    Ralph was awarded the nation’s highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions as well as the Purple Heart and the Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze stars. In 1991, the Charleston VA Medical Center was renamed the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center in his honor. Today, the Medical Center services more than 67,000 men and women who have served the United States. In 2012, the Secretary of the Navy also honored Ralph’s service by designating a 65th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer the USS Ralph Johnson.

    We honor his service.

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