JOHNSON, STANLEY GARWOOD Remains ID announced 08/25/2015
Name: Stanley Garwood Johnson Branch/Rank: United States Marine Corps/O2 Unit: HELICOPTER MARINE MEDIUM 34 MARINE AIR GROUP 3 1 MARINE AIR WING HMM-364, MAG-36, 1st MAW Date of Birth: 11 November 1940 Home City of Record: APPLEGATE CA Date of Loss: 03 December 1965 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 153627 North 1081351 East Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered Category: 5 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: UH34D #148762 - Co-Pilot Missions:
Other Personnel in Incident: Riley, Kirk Irwin, Capt., Pilot, KIA; White, Robert Henry, Cpl., Crew Chief, KIA; Dempsey, Warren Leigh, Cpl., Gunner, KIA; Nine ARVN also killed.
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action Combat Casualty File. Updated 2000 with information from USMC/Vietnam Helicopter Association and John Lane. 2015.
Submitted by: HMM-364 Command Chronology Kenneth L. Gross, Maj. USMC(Ret)
more info: www.geocities.com/Pentagon/Quarters/6491/riley.html
where these notes are QUOTED from.
Capt. Riley and his crew were the lead aircraft of a flight of six UH-34's on December 3, 1965. All aircraft were carrying a full complement of ARVN troops whose destination was an outpost known as Hiep Duc, just West of Tam Ky. The entire area was noted for being a very "hot spot".
Ken Gross relates, "We tried to go in as high as possible, though we were limited by somewhat low ceilings, which may have placed us approximately 2000 feet above ground level. The flight was in normal cruise when we reached the vicinity of UTM grid coordinates BY031273 where the Viet Cong fired on us with time delay fused mortars. Unfortunately Capt. Riley's aircraft received a direct hit in the belly, where the fuel tanks were located, and they never stood a chance. Capt. Riley tried desperately to get the aircraft on the ground, but it was burning so fiercely he appeared to lose control and the aircraft rolled inverted and crashed. No one survived".
|Member Rank||First & Last Name||Service||Unit||Lost||Location||Accounted-For|
|1st Lt.||Stanley G. Johnson||U.S. Marine Corps||U.S. Marines Corps, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing||12/3/1965||Vietnam||8/5/2015|
From: Waggoner, Natasha L Maj USAF DPAA EXT COMM (US) [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 05 August, 2016 20:47
Subject: Marine Missing From Vietnam War Accounted For (Johnson)
Marine Corps 1st Lt. Stanley Johnson, missing from the Vietnam War, has now
been accounted for.
On Dec. 3, 1965, Johnson was the co-pilot of an UH-34D helicopter assigned
to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st
Marine Aircraft Wing, tasked to insert Army of the Republic of Viet Nam
troops into South Vietnam. Johnson's aircraft, with three other Americans
and nine Vietnamese soldiers onboard, was hit by enemy fire. At 100 to 200
feet above the ground with the entire cargo compartment in flames, the
helicopter lost one of its main rotor blades, and crashed approximately 30
kilometers west of Tam Ky Town. Everyone onboard the aircraft was killed in
Between 1993 and 2008, joint U.S./Socialist Republic of Vietnam (S.R.V.)
teams traveled to the area and conducted investigations which resulted in
multiple excavations at the incident crash site and possible burial
Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence
available, established Johnson's remains were included.
Interment services are pending.
Welcome home and rest in peace, 1st Lt. Johnson.
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Maj. Natasha Waggoner, USAF
Deputy, Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
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