Gary Lee JohnsonSpecialist Four
B CO, 1ST BN, 7TH CAVALRY, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
08 July 1950 - 18 June 1971
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The database page for Gary Lee Johnson
We dedicate this page to his memory.
Veteran's Day, 11 November 1999
I would like to say my brother was my hero long before he ever went to war. I miss him terribly still and his memory is as clear as if it were yesterday. He was a wonderful brother, son and friend to all who knew him.
My father died 5 years later on the day of Gary's burial and my mother has also gone home. I will never forget the sadness in her eyes for not only the loss of her son but also for the others who were killed. I'm comforted by the fact that they are once again united and I also will be with them again someday.
Gary was born in Minden, Nebraska, and was living in Omaha at the time of his death.
I would also like to thank all of his friends for the memories of my youth and for being good friends to Gary -- those in our neighborhood and also those with whom he graduated at Benson High in the class of 1969.
I was only 14 at the time Gary was killed but I remember a lot of great things about him. He was really a great brother, and I know he loved me and my other brothers and sisters very much. I sure wish he were here but he did what he had to do and I love him even more for putting himself before others.
JoAnn Johnson DeLashmutt
On June 18, 1971, Spec4 Gary Lee Johnson's platoon was conducting a search and clear mission in the Long Khanh providence of the Republic of Vietnam. During the mission, the platoon came under rocket and small arms fire from approximately seven enemy bunkers. Spec4 Johnson realized the danger to his fellow soldiers, moved close to the enemy bunkers, and placed suppressive fire on the enemy. His actions permitted his platoon to withdraw, with their wounded, to a more secure area. At the cost of his own life, Spec4 Johnson saved his platoon from incurring additional casualties.
Specialist 4 Gary Lee Johnson's gallantry in action was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflected great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
A Note from The Virtual WallB Company, 1/7th Cavalry, lost two men on 18 June 1971 - SP4 Gary L. Johnson and SP4 Lon P. Gregorash of Port Washington, Wisconsin.
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Faye Johnson Haines
29 Jan 2000
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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