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In these desperate actions, the 3/8 commander, Johnny Johnson, emerged as a strong, cool, and intelligent commander. His 3/8 suffered appalling casualties  400 of 700 men  but Johnson himself survived unwounded  a miracle, some thought, in view of his continual presence in the very front lines. Hap Gay awarded Johnson a DSC and marked him down as a potential regimental commander, possibly a replacement for Ray Palmer, who had been further sickened and unnerved by the terrible losses in his regiment.[9-70]