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McDonald, Weathersfield to name street to honor veteran

McDonald Village and Weathersfield Township officials plan to honor the life and service of a local veteran by naming a street in his memory.

Township Trustee Steve Gerberry said plans are to name a portion of McDonald Avenue from Ohltown McDonald Road at West Second Street south to Watson Marshall Road as the “Dennis Johnston Memorial Boulevard.” The area of McDonald Avenue is near McDonald High School.

“Because the road travels through both the village of McDonald and Weathersfield, officials from both communities want to honor Dennis Johnston by naming a section of the road in his memory,” Gerberry said.

Seaman Dennis Neil Johnston, a 1966 graduate of McDonald High School, enlisted in the Navy, serving with the 3rd Marine Division, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, HS Company with a specialty as a hospitalman.

Gerberry said Johnston gave his life while in active service to the United States in the Vietnam War. He said Johnston was killed in action on April 16, 1968, while engaging hostile forces during the battle of Khe Sanh on the south slope of Hill 689 in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam.

“He was just 20 years old and was the only graduate of McDonald High School to fall in Vietnam,” Gerberry said.

Gerberry said Johnston also is honored at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Read more in Sunday’s Tribune Chronicle.

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