GARNER, JOHN HENRY Name: John Henry Garner Rank/Branch: E4/US Navy Unit: H & S Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division Date of Birth: 14 May 1947 Home City of Record: Charleston Heights SC Date of Loss: 29 May 1967 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 160338N 1081218E Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 3 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Boat Refno: 0713 Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 1998. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: As a Hospital Corpsman, John Garner had a standard to meet. The Marines he served with expected him to be singularly fearless, able to ignore battles in progress to be in constant attendance of those who were wounded. A short delay because of fear could mean death to an injured man. The men needed to know they could count on their Medic. As a black enlisted man, John Garner had another hurdle to make as well. These were times when racism was a tense matter, and an adjustment period between races always occurred until things settled from black/white/red/yellow to "shades of green". Hospital Corpsman Third Class Petty Officer John Garner had just turned 20 when he was returning with his unit from a U.S. Marine search and destroy mission onboard a River Patrol Boat and the boat came under enemy rifle fire and overturned. Garner apparently drowned in the accident and searches did not reveal the whereabouts of his body. He was listed in a casualty status of Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered (KIA/BNR). The case of John Garner seems clear. Others who are yet to be accounted for have cases not so easy to close. Some were known prisoners of war. Some were in radio contact with would-be rescuers as they described their imminent capture. Some simply vanished. Since the war ended, thousands of reports have been received convincing many that several hundred Americans are still alive in Southeast Asia. While Garner is evidently not among them, one can imagine this young man proudly jumping at the cry, "Medic!", to help bring them in.