|Birth: ||May 24, 1948|
|Death: ||Aug. 21, 1966|
Kon Tum, Vietnam
Name: James Reed Johnson
Rank/Branch: E3/US Army
Unit: Troop B, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division
Date of Birth: 26 March 1948
Home City of Record: Indianapolis IN
Date of Loss: 21 August 1966
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 133730N 1073505E (YA796075)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
PFC James Johnson and his unit were conducting a reconnaissance mission in Pleiku Province, South Vietnam, when they were required to cross the Ia Drang River on a rope bridge at grid coordinates YA 796 075. The Ia Drang is a swift, dangerous river and is located in an area that was heavily infiltrated by enemy forces.
PFC Johnson accidentally fell from the bridge and was swept away by the river. All attempts to rescue him failed, and searches along the river banks were unsuccessful. The current in the river was so swift that water searches were impossible. Three days before, another of the 1st Cavalry, Pvt. Freddie Kemp, also lost his life in the river, very near this location.
Johnson is thought to have died in the Ia Drang River that day, and was placed in the category of Killed/Body Not Recovered. He is listed among the missing because his body was not found to return to the country he served.
Viet Nam War Memorial; Panel 10E Line 024
Body lost or destroyed
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Record added: May 22, 2011
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