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SUPPORT! 

We are raising funds to support two main causes:

1. Events surrounding the Commissioning Ceremony – there are a number of events traditionally associated with the commissioning of a ship that the Navy cannot pay for with taxpayer funds. The largest cost by far is the post-ceremony reception and plank owner plaques for members of the commissioning crew.

2. When Ralph jumped on the grenade on March 5, 1968 his actions changed the lives of those who he saved. We would like to use this event to continue Ralph Johnson’s legacy of “changing lives” by raising the funds required to establish a needs-based scholarship in his name. The Ralph Johnson Scholarship would be presented to a young African American from the State that desires to pursue a STEM degree at The Citadel. We have set this criteria for several reasons:
  • Honors the community of which Ralph was a part.
  • Supports the needs of our State by producing engineers and other graduates in the STEM field.
  • Provides an opportunity for someone to attend one of the top colleges in the nation whose core values of Honor, Duty, and Respect reflect Ralph's life of service and sacrifice.
We hope you will join us in making both events a success.

For a summary of sponsorship levels,  Click Here

Tax ID: 57-0728705

Please email us at ddg114cc@gmail.com if your organization requires a IRS Form W-9

You can also mail your contribution to:

USS Ralph Johnson Commissioning Committee
C/O U.S. Navy League Charleston Council 
P.O. Box 62606
North Charleston, SC 29419

*Please mark the check memo as “USS Ralph Johnson”

We need help spreading the word! 
If you are a member of an organization interested in learning more about the Commissioning Ceremony, please contact us by email at ddg114cc@gmail.com.

USS RALPH JOHNSON (DDG 114) Sponsorship Levels
(Coins, Plaques and Hats will be distributed around Commissioning)

Admiral – $100,000
  • 4 Honorary Plank Owner Plaques and Certificates
  • A Ship’s Commemorative Print
  • Invitations for 24 to the pre-commissioning Chairman’s Reception
  • Invitations for 24 to the VIP Breakfast
  • Seating for 24 in Reserved VIP Guest Area
  • Recognition in the Commemorative program
  • 24 Command Ball Caps
  • 8 Command Coins
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Vice Admiral - $50,000
  • 2 Honorary Plank Owner Plaques and Certificates
  • A Ship’s Commemorative Print
  • Invitations for 14 to the pre-commissioning Chairman’s Reception
  • Invitations for 14 to the VIP Breakfast
  • Seating for 14 in Reserved VIP Guest Area
  • Recognition in the Commemorative program
  • 14 Command Ball Caps
  • 6 Command Coins
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Rear Admiral - $25,000
  • 1 Honorary Plank Owner Plaques and Certificates
  • A Ship’s Commemorative Print
  • Invitations for 10 to the pre-commissioning Chairman’s Reception
  • Invitations for 10 to the VIP Breakfast
  • Seating for 10 in Reserved VIP Guest Area
  • Recognition in the Commemorative program
  • 10 Command Ball Caps
  • 4 Command Coins
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Captain – $15,000.00
  • 1 Honorary Plank Owner Certificate
  • A Ship’s Commemorative Print
  • Invitations for 8 to the pre-commissioning Chairman’s Reception
  • Invitations for 8 to the VIP Breakfast
  • Seating for 8 in Reserved VIP Guest Area
  • Recognition in the Commemorative program
  • 8 Command Ball Caps
  • 3 Command Coins
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Commander – $10,000.00
  • 1 Honorary Plank Owner Certificate
  • Invitations for 6 to the pre-commissioning Chairman’s Reception
  • Invitations for 6 to the VIP Breakfast
  • Seating for 6 in Reserved VIP Guest Area
  • Recognition in the Commemorative program
  • 6 Command Ball Caps
  • 3 Command Coins
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Lieutenant – $5000
  • 1 Honorary Plank Owner Certificate
  • Invitations for 4 to the pre-commissioning Chairman’s Reception
  • Invitations for 4 to the VIP Breakfast
  • Seating for 4 in Reserved VIP Guest Area
  • Recognition in the Commemorative program
  • 4 Command Ball Caps
  • 2 Command Coins
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Ensign – $1000
  • 1 Honorary Plank Owner Certificate
  • Invitations for 2 to the pre-commissioning Chairman’s Reception
  • Invitations for 2 to the VIP Breakfast
  • Seating for 2 in Reserved VIP Guest Area
  • Recognition in the Commemorative program
  • 2 Command Ball Caps
  • 1 Command Coin
Master Chief – $500
  • 1 Command Ball Caps
  • 1 Command Coin
Helmsman – Variable

VOLUNTEER!

We need volunteers to:

1. Serve as a point of contact for your industry group. This position would be the person responsible for getting disseminating information making sure the different businesses in your group know how they can help.

2. Help with getting the word out. We can use volunteers to help educate our communities about Ralph's life of service and sacrifice as well as the upcoming commissioning ceremony. If you are interested in being a speaker or have an organization we should make a presentation to, please let us know.
 
If you would like to do either, please contact us at ddg114cc@gmail.com.
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