Johnny Edward Williams

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
11 April 1946 - 19 September 1966
Charleston, South Carolina
Panel 10E Line 122



Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Johnny Edward Williams

04 May 2007

They that love beyond the world
Cannot be separated by it.
Death is but crossing the world,
As friends do the seas;
They live in one another still.
- William Penn -

To every thing there is a season,
And a time to every purpose under the heaven.
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck
that which is planted;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to get, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to love, and a time to hate;
A time of war, and time of peace.
- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 -

From his niece,
Beth Fifer

07 May 2007

This was my little brother Johnny whom I loved very much. He and I did a lot together. I took him to the movies, to get his hair cut and we always went down town after I got paid. I just enjoyed doing things with him and for him. He is missed so much from my life and our family's lives. I still have the letters that he wrote to me, one I got about 2 weeks after he was killed and he wrote it the day before he got killed.

Loving Memories

Your gentle face and patient smile
        With sadness we recall
You had a kindly word for each
        And died beloved by all.

The voice is mute and stilled the heart,
        That loved us well and true,
Ah, bitter was the trial to part
        From one so good as you.

You are not forgotten loved one
        Nor will you ever be,
As long as life and memeory last
        We will remember thee.

We miss you now, our hearts are sore,
        As time goes by we miss you more,
Your loving smile, your gentle face,
        No one can fill your vacant place.

Johnny, I will never forget you because now you have Mom and Dad and my son, John with you in heaven. I will be with all of you one day.

Your loving sister,

From his sister,
Juanita (Williams) Komanitsky

07 May 2007

I was five years old visting with my grandmother. I used to admire this handsome man in a photo on her table. I was told he was my Uncle Johnny who died in the war. Now I'm all grown up and I can still remember my Uncle Johnny's photo. All I have is that memory, I never got to meet him, he died before I even understood what war was. Thank you for protecting me and having to die at such a young age, you are sadly missed and loved by many.

From your niece,
Michele Williams Foster
E-mail address is not available.

08 May 2007

I never got to meet my great Uncle Johhny but I know he must have been a great man. He fought for his country and for the pride of his family with the greatest courage. He was the youngest sibling from my poppa's side of the family, and my poppa misses him dearly. I live in Florida now and recently went to a viewing of a "look-alike" memorial Wall. We sketched around his name and just being there and doing that brought me closer to him.

Uncle Johhny, I know you're in heaven watching down on all of us. We love you and miss you! I can't wait to see you in heaven!

The Lord Bless and keep you.
May his face shine upon you and be gracious
and give you Peace.

From a great-niece,
Erica Roach

21 May 2007

My memories of Johnny are of our youth ... I like them ... They are the types that left a wonderful "taste in ya mouth". I missed him then ... and now. What a waste of a good life. He was so handsome...

From a first cousin (his momma Ruby's niece),
Jan Player Williamson

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 19 Sep 1966 the 1st Platoon of Hotel 2/1 Marines was conducting a patrol near Tay Cau Nhi village on the north bank of the Thu Ban River sbout 10 kilometers west-northwest of Hoi An. At 11 AM, there was a brief exchange of fire with a sniper, resulting in one Marine killed by gunshot. After the medevac was completed, the patrol continued.

At 12:30 the Marines had passed through a graveyard when about 15 enemy troops arose from positions among the tombs and took the trailing squad under fire. The Platoon Commander reversed his leading squads to assist the Marines in contact, but another 10 or 12 enemy troops appeared in another part of the graveyard. At this point, the Hotel Company commander committed his 2nd Platoon, supported by three amphibious tractors and two ONTOS 75mm recoilless rifle carriers. The enemy responded by committing several dozen more troops and a general melee resulted.

When the shooting stopped, four Marines were dead and one was wounded. There were three VC bodies in the graveyard and signs that ten more had been dragged away. The Marine dead were

  • Pfc Jerry L. Branson, Owensville, MO;
  • Pfc Jose Martinez-Soto, San Sebastian, PR;
  • Pfc Jerome D. McArthur, Baltimore, MD; and
  • Pfc Johnny E. Williams, Charleston, SC.
Three Marines died in the graveyard, one by gunshot and two by grenades. Pfc Branson and Pfc Martinez-Soto died by gunshot wounds, so one of these two men was killed in the earlier exchange of fires.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 04 May 2007
Last updated 08/10/2009