Timothy Holton Johnson

Private First Class
Army of the United States
03 December 1945 - 06 November 1965
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign


The database page for Timothy Holton Johnson

16 May 2006

I served with Timothy at Fort Campbell, Kentucky from 1963 to 1965.

I was browsing The Virtual Wall and saw his name.

I remember him well. We were brother Troopers as well as good friends. It saddens me deeply to find that he didn't make it back. I never knew his family, but I do have a Geronimo Year book with his picture. I would gladly send to any interested family or friend. I would be glad to hear from anyone who remembers him after all these years. Gone, but not forgotten. Thank you for your service.

C. T. Massie
Company C and HQ 501st Inf
101st Airborne Div
Ft Campbell Ky

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Americans have come to know something about the fighting at Landing Zone X-Ray (Ia Drang Valley, 15 Nov 1965) since the book and movie We Were Soldiers Once - and Young came out. The earlier engagements between the newly arrived 1st Cavalry Division and the firmly emplaced North Vietnamese Army remain almost unknown.

One such engagement took place on the west bank of the Ia Meur River on 06 Nov 1965, when two companies of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, took on the NVA. Twenty-six Americans were killed in the action, which formed a prelude to the engagements at LZ X-Ray and LZ Albany. The men were

  • B Company:
    • 2LT Felix D. King, Florence, AL
    • SSG Ralph N. Smith, Morganton, NC
    • SGT William A. Sullivan, Fayetteville, NC
    • SP4 Clyde R. Herman, Roanoke, VA
    • SP4 Earl G. Phillips, War, WV
    • CPL Rudolph Rodriguez, Lindsay, CA
    • PFC James J. Crafton, Philadelphia, PA

  • C Company:
    • SSG Morris E. Wheeler, Philadelphia, PA
    • SGT James W. Barksdale, St Petersburg, FL
    • SGT Miles H. Loper, Fort Knox, KY
    • SGT Varis Savage, Nashville, TN
    • SGT Louis Sherrod, Washington, DC
    • SP4 Dennis Lichota, Detroit, MI
    • PFC Timothy H. Johnson, Milwaukee, WI
    • PFC John K. Keao, Los Angeles, CA
    • PFC Justin M. Lynch, Fort Bragg, NC
    • PFC Thomas H. Maynard, El Monte, CA (Dist Svc Cross)
    • PFC Joseph P. Minnock, Cranford, NJ
    • PFC James Mooney, Selma, AL
    • PFC Anthony E. Pendola, Peoria, IL
    • PFC Willie C. Pickett, Pensacola, FL
    • PFC Phillip K. Rea, Chicago, IL
    • PFC Daniel Santos-Trujillo, Loiza, PR
    • PFC Alvin C. Sligh, Greensboro, NC

  • HQ Company:
    • PFC James L. Allen, Beaumont, TX (medic)
    • PFC Richard A. Noelke, Fontana, CA (medic)
They are remembered on the
Landing Zone X-Ray site

and The Virtual Wall's
Ia Drang Memorial

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a friend,
C. T. Massie

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 16 May 2006
Last updated 11/13/2010