JOHNS, PAUL FREDERCK
Name: Paul Frederck Johns Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O4 Unit: Date of Birth: 12 October 1931 Home City of Record: LACONIA IN Date of Loss: 28 June 1968 Country of Loss: LAOS Loss Coordinates: 160800 North 1070000 East Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A1H Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: Refno: 1218
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action Combat Casualty File. Updated 2003.
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From: "Johns, David F." <JohnsD@uthscsa.edu> Subject: From a family member Date: Wed, 14 May 2003 11:59:19 -0500
I just happened across your site today and was really touched by some of the letters to families. It is soon approaching the 35th anniversary of the day I lost my father. Paul F. Johns was shot down over Laos 28 June 1968. I was living in base housing at Little Rock AFB with my mom & step-father and was outside playing football with my friends when I first saw the blue sedan approaching. You can't be raised in an Air Force family and not understand the significance of that sedan. My heart sank when the sedan stopped in front of our house. My father was a bit of a hell raiser, he liked to party with the guys. But he was always there for my brother and me and picked us up every summer to go to my grandmothers in Laconia, Indiana. While my brother and I frolicked with our cousins and friends, dad would go squirrel hunting and running around with his boyhood friends. I remember one of them, Peck he was called, a large man with a ready smile and always a kind word for my brother and I. About the only thing my father enjoyed more than partying was flying. Man he loved to fly and his favorite bird had to be the A1-H Skyraider. As I sit here, I wonder how things might have gone if had not done that 3rd tour in Vietnam. Would he be proud of the way his Granddaughter turned out, now a 31 y.o. mom? Would he enjoy watching his great-grandson play little league ball? Would he enjoy watching his now 16 year old grandson play hockey? Would he enjoy his youngest granddaughters Middle School band concert? Would he have approved of the way I led my life? So many questions left unanswered. All I can say is I miss him terribly and hope he knows that all of his grandchildren & great-grandchildren are aware of the sacrifice he made for our country. It is a heavy price to pay but freedom is certainly worth it.
Thanks for your time and effort. David Johns San Antonio, Texas