|Birth: ||Dec. 11, 1944|
|Death: ||Sep. 22, 1969|
Quang Nam, Vietnam
SP5 - E5 - Army - Regular
67N30 - UH - 1 Helicopter Repairer
71st AHC, 14th AVN Battalion
16th AVN Group
RECIPIENT OF THE PURPLE HEART
SP5 Johnnie L. Williams, Jr. was killed on September 22, 1969:
A NOTE FROM THE VIRTUAL WALL
On 22 Sep 1969 B Company, 3/21st Infantry, conducted a combat assault into a river valley about 13 kilometers southeast of Hiep Duc. The landing was opposed, with three helicopters shot down. Once on the ground the infantrymen lost eight men before the enemy broke off the engagement and retreated into the jungled hills along the river. The eight soldiers killed in the day's fighting were
Aircrew, UH-1D 66-16332, 71st AHC
CWO Barry K. Alexander, Clemson, SC
SP5 Johnnie L. Williams, Jacksonville, FL
B Company, 3rd Bn, 21st Infantry
SGT Larry W. Ellis, Raleigh, NC
CPL Danny L. Duprey, Fort Fairfield, ME
CPL Fred E. Gold, Clarksville, TN
CPL James H. Hall, Hollis, NY
CPL Clinton E. Miller, Cabool, MO
PFC Mark W. Surber, Sterling, MI
Putnam, William (Randy, Black Magot), SSG 41
Mr. Williams was 22 years old at the time of his death; he is listed as single, of the Baptist faith, and as from being from the Jacksonville, Florida area - a special Thank You to Mia for the help in discovering the information that has not only brought facts about her own uncle - James Henry Hall - to the surface after so many years, but has also brought answers to other families.
Mr. Williams is listed as being survived by his parents, Johnnie L. Williams and Corine Williams.
While his body is listed as recovered and as having been buried at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida, I have been unable to locate plot information.
Mr. Williams is listed at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, Panel 18W, Line 126.
"These heroes are dead. They died for liberty - they died for us. They are at rest. They may or may not sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest. Earth may run red with other wars - they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead." ~Robert G. Ingersoll
Sunset Memorial Cemetery
Created by: Rhonda C. Poynter
Record added: Mar 19, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 106918027