JOHNSON, SAMUEL ROBERT
Name: Samuel Robert Johnson Rank/Branch: O4/United States Air Force Unit: 433rd TFS Date of Birth: 11 October 1930 Home City of Record: Dallas Tx Date of Loss: 16 April 1966 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 173500N 1061700E Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C Missions: 25 NOTE: Flew 62 missions in Korea in F-86's
Other Personnel in Incident: Larry Chesley, WSO, Returnee
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK 06 September 1996 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews.
REMARKS: 021273 RELEASED BY DRV
SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977 Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602 Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and spelling errors).
SAMUEL R. JOHNSON Colonel - United States Air Force Shot Down: April 16, 1966 Released: February 12, 1973
The nearly seven years that I spent in Hanoi but most especially the more than two years in a camp called Alcatraz engendered a close-knit bond between me and some great Americans. I count these men as true friends and their courage and ideals have brought home vividly to me what America is all about. I can only emphasize that the freedoms that most Americans take for granted are in fact, real and must be preserved. I have returned to a great nation and our sacrifices have been well worth the effort. I pledge to continue to serve and fight to protect the freedoms and ideals that the United States stands for.
February 14, 1997. Updated with this letter and additional material provided by Cong. Sam Johnson. On the Letterhead of:
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Elected in a in May of 1991, Congressman Sam Johnson is serving his fourth term in the U.S. Congress. He represents the Third Congressional District of Texas which includes parts of Dallas and Collin Counties.
A staunch fiscal conservative, Johnson is a member of the prestigious House Ways & Means Committee which oversees all tax laws, tariff and trade laws, and the Social Security and Medicare systems. He has consistently fought for lower taxes and limited government, whether it is standing up against wasteful spending, attacking the bloated size and budgets of cabinet level agencies, or pushing for a new tax system.
In addition, he sits on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. As a member of the Early Childhood, Youth and Families Subcommittee, Johnson has worked to return control of education to parents, teachers, and local school boards.
Johnson serves as an Assistant Whip to Majority Whip Tom DeLay. As a member of the Whip organization, Johnson works to "grow-the-vote" for Republican initiatives in the House.
Sam Johnson is also a member of the Speaker's Advisory Group on Corrections in the House. This committee reviews legislation to quickly fix dumb laws and repeal unnecessary regulations.
After months of pushing for an accurate and balanced exhibit of the B-29 "Enola Gay" airplane at the National Air and Space Museum, Johnson was appointed to the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution by Speaker Gingrich. He now plays an active role in the display of America's great heritage and is determined to make sure that all exhibits are factually correct and properly reflect the values on which this country was founded.
Johnson was recognized in the 102nd, 103rd, and 104th Congresses with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce "Spirit of Enterprise" Award, the Watchdog of the Treasury Award, and the National Federation of Independent Business "Guardian of Small Business" Award. He also has received high ratings from the National Taxpayers Union, Citizens for a Sound Economy, the Christian Coalition, and Citizens Against Government Waste.
Sam Johnson grew up in Dallas, attended Woodrow Wilson High School, and graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. In 1974 he earned his Masters degree in International Affairs from George Washington University.
After graduating from SMU, Johnson began a 29 year career in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as director of the Air Force Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun) and flew with the Air Force Thunderbirds precision flying demonstration team. He also graduated from the Armed Forces Staff College and the National War College. In Korea he flew F-86s in 62 combat missions.
While serving with the 8th TFW in 1966, Johnson's F-4 was shot down over North Vietnam on his 25 mission. He and the WSO, Lt. Larry Chesley were on a "milk run" mission about 30 miles north of the DMZ. During his ejection he suffered a broken arm, a broken back, and a dislocated shoulder. Johnson spent nearly seven years as a prisoner of war, some of those years in "Alcatraz." Three of those years were spent in solitary confinement. Johnson's autobiography, Captive Warriors, details his POW experience. In recognition of his service to his country, Johnson was awarded two Silver Stars, two Legions of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, one Bronze Star with Valor, two Purple Hearts, four Air Medals, and three Outstanding Unit Awards.
After retiring from the Air Force in 1979 with the rank of Colonel, Johnson began a home building company. In 1984 he was elected to the Texas State House of Representatives where he served seven years.
Sam Johnson is married to the former Shirley L. Melton of Dallas. They have three children and ten grandchildren.
POW past shaped indefatigable congressman's career
02/09/2003 By TODD J. GILLMAN / The Dallas Morning News
WASHINGTON - For Sam Johnson , the seeds of a political career were planted in conversations conducted in code - taps so faint that only inmates of the Hanoi Hilton could hear them, pressing tin cups against the walls.....
KILAND AND FRETWELL: 40 years later, remembering Vietnam POWs
Lessons in leadership from our heroes
Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/feb/12/kiland-and-fretwell-40-years-later-remembering-vie/#ixzz2LaKPv5kL
Forty years ago, on Feb. 12, 1973, our nation started to welcome home 591 American prisoners of war, most of them from the infamous Hanoi Hilton POW camp. Some of the released prisoners had been held for up to nine years, and U.S. military doctors expected broken men to step off the C-141s landing at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. Instead, they found fewer than 5 percent of the POWs suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Using just their brains and tin cups, these Americans created their own high-performance society, communicating with each other through prison walls by tapping on the cups – employing a type of Morse Code as their language. They built a civilized culture against all odds – including extreme torture and extended isolation. For the longest-held of the POWs, this duress lasted more than eight years. No other group of POWs in our nation;s history has ever been held captive as long as these men.
Texas Rep. Sam Johnson was one of those POWs. Four decades later, he believes the leadership these men demonstrated can provide todayâ€™s political leaders with some genuine role models......