Dwight Dawson Johnson

Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
18 January 1948 - 04 May 1968
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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31 Jan 2008


J C Johnson

A Note from The Virtual Wall

In late April 1968 it became apparent that the North Vietnamese Army was again moving across the DMZ into the area north of Dong Ha. On 29 April the ARVN 2nd Infantry Regiment sent its 1st and 4th Battalions in a pincer movement to locate and engage NVA units around An Binh. "Task Force Robbie", consisting of Delta 1/9 Marines reinforced with tanks from Alpha 3rd Tanks, was sent to relieve building pressure on the ARVN's southern flank.

"Robbie" ran into trouble at Cam Vu, about 5,000 meters west of An Binh, where a North Vietnamese blocking force was waiting for them. After taking 10 dead and 22 wounded in a six hour fight against a clearly superior force, "Robbie" broke off the contact and withdrew. The ARVN forces had absorbed 17 dead and 47 wounded, could not link up, and also withdrew.

At this point the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, was brought into the fight, advancing toward Cam Vu. India 3/9 was the first to make contact, encountering an "L"-shaped ambush just north of Cam Vu. As 3/9's other three companies deployed in support of India, the NVA broke contact and withdrew under cover of artillery fire from within and north of the DMZ.

The fighting around Cam Vu was paralleled by the engagement of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, with elements of the 325th NVA Division at Dai Do some 5 miles to northeast of Cam Vu. These engagements - the 2nd ARVN Infantry, 1/9, and 3/9 at Cam Vu and 2/4 at Dai Do - were the opening engagements in what became known as the Battle of Dong Ha.

While the Cam Vu fights cost the North Vietnamese at least 197 dead, Allied losses also were high:

  • 1st Bn, 9th Marines - 11 dead
  • 3rd Bn, 9th Marines - 42 dead
  • 1st and 4th Bns, 2nd ARVN Infantry - 17 dead
LCpl Dwight Johnson one of 16 Marines from Mike 3/9 who were killed in action during the four day fight:
  • Sgt Barry L. Frazier, Jersey Shore, PA
  • Cpl James R. Hammonds, Evergreen, AL
  • Cpl Steve C. Wilder, Birmingham, AL
  • LCpl James M. Christie, Augusta, GA
  • LCpl Amie J. Duran, Delta, CO
  • LCpl Dwight D. Johnson, West Chester, PA
  • LCpl Edward C. Miller, Hollidaysburg, PA
  • LCpl Soren Prip, Grayslake, IL
  • Pfc James S. Bennett, Augusta, GA
  • Pfc Robert S. Hoskins, Morgantown, WV
  • Pfc Donald E. Hunter, South Fork, PA
  • Pfc Nathaniel H. Jackson, Los Angeles, CA
  • Pfc Charles E. Johnson, Richmond, VA
  • Pfc Donnie S. Kegg, Elyria, OH
  • Pfc Dennis R. Mason, Cushing, OK
  • Pfc Michael M. O'Brien, Big Spring, TX

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