1000 Victory Drive
Columbus, Georgia 31901
MEETING DAY / TIME
2nd Saturday of the Month
DONALD R. JOHNSTON MEMORIAL CHAPTER
492 - COLUMBUS
EST. OCTOBER 26, 1983
Chapter 492 was the third chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart established in Georgia. We have a proud tradition of helping all veterans. If you would like to find out how to get involved or join our chapter please contact one of the officers listed above. Our meetings are open to all members. If you are a Purple Heart recipient and would like to come to a meeting to see what we are about please contact either of the officers listed above. Click on the images below to see the programs we proudly offer.
Donald Ray Johnston (November 19, 1947 – March 21, 1969) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Vietnam War.
After graduating from Baker High School, Johnston joined the Army from his birth city of Columbus, Georgia in 1968. By March 21, 1969 was serving as a specialist four in Company D, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. On that day, in Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam, Johnston smothered the blasts of three enemy-thrown explosives with his body, sacrificing his life to protect those around him.
Johnston, aged 21 at his death, was buried at the Fort Benning Post Cemetery in Georgia.
For his heroism, the main recruit processing building at the 30th Adjutant General in Fort Benning is named after him.