Paul William Johnson

Army of the United States
19 July 1939 - 22 July 1966
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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1 AVN BDE O-1 Birddog 221ST AVN CO
Army Aviator

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Paul William Johnson

10 Dec 2006

To the greatest Dad who gave all he could for his family.

From his daughter.
E-mail address is not available.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Very little is known about Captain Johnson's loss. The 221st Aviation Company History for 1966 does contain the following entry:
"The 221st lost one pilot and aircraft to hostile fire during the year. Captain Paul W. Johnson [443] was killed and the O-1D aircraft he was flying was destroyed when the aircraft was shot down by enemy ground fire on 22 July 1966 in the vicinity of Can Tho, South Vietnam. The aircraft came under intense ground fire and was struck several times, causing the crash, while in support of a sector operation."
Only two American servicemen were killed in aviation-associated incidents in Vietnam on 22 July 1966 - Captain Johnson and Master Sergeant Henry H. Delano of Abilene, Texas, assigned to the 519th MI Bn, 525th MI Group. The 221st Avn Co was based at Soc Trang but maintained a Phong Dinh sector detachment at Can Tho, where MSG Delano was the Phong Dinh sector Intelligence Sergeant. While The Virtual Wall cannot prove it so by documentation, the circumstantial evidence seems clear that Captain Johnson and Master Sergeant Delano died in the same incident.

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his daughter.
E-mail address is not available.

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 10 Dec 2006
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