JOHNSON, AUGUST DAVID Name: August David Johnson Rank/Branch: E3/US Navy Reserve Unit: River Squadron 5, PBR 51 Date of Birth: 10 January 1943 (Opalousas LA) Home City of Record: Houston TX Date of Loss: 03 February 1967 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 095851N 1062115E (XS484035) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 3 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: PBR51 Refno: 0588 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: BLOWN UP BY GRENADE IN BOAT SYNOPSIS: Seaman August D. Johnson, USNR, was assigned to River Squadron 5 onboard river patrol boat 51. On February 3, 1967, Johnson and the rest of his patrol boat crew were on a routine river operation, "Game Warden". At 9:45 p.m. the boat was proceeding down the Co Chien River west of My Tho, South Vietnam, when they were directed to assist another river patrol boat in picking up three men who were found clinging to a swamped sampan. As the patrol boats approached, the crewmen called to the men to swim to their boats. The men refused. Johnson's boat pursued one of the men, who was attempting to swim away. The crew threw the man a line and life ring. As the swimmer was pulled near the boat, he threw a hand grenade into the patrol boat. It fell on the deck and exploded seconds later. Johnson and another cremember jumped overboard to avoid the blast. One crewman stated that he heard him shouting in the water just after the explosion. Johnson was neither seen nor heard thereafter. The three Viet Cong that were in the water were shot by the crew of the other boat (precluding their having captured Johnson). An immediate search of the area was started by eight other river patrol boats and four helicopters. Flares were dropped and the search progressed throughout the night without any sign of Johnson. It was the opinion of the officer in charge that Johnson died and his body was not recoverable. One major fact that leads one to believe that Johnson drowned was that he could not swim and that he was wearing jungle boots and a heavy foul weather jacket at the time of the incident. Seaman Johnson was listed as Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered. Johnson is listed among the missing because his body was never located to send home to the country he served. His case seems clear. For others missing, details do not suggest their certain death, but rather, in many cases, their survival. Since the war ended, nearly 10,000 reports have been received relating to Americans still held captive in Southeast Asia. Although Johnson is almost certainly not one of them, one can imagine him proudly making one more patrol to help them to freedom.