COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - Marine Gunnery Sgt. Edwin W. Johnson Jr., who died in Afghanistan two years ago, was honored for his service on the day a fellow Marine who tried to rescue him was awarded the Medal of Honor at the White House.
About 50 family members, friends, members of the Marines Detachment at Fort Benning gathered at Green Acres Cemetery in Columbus on Thursday for a memorial at Johnson's gravesite.
The service was requested by former Marine Dakota Meyer, who was honored by President Barack Obama.
Meyer braved gunfire to save 36 Marines and Afghan soldiers after they were ambushed, but Johnson was among those killed.
The Ledger-Enquirer reported Johnson's aunt, Miranda Smith of Columbus, said it was a great honor for Meyer to think of the fallen.
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