JOHNSON, JAMES REED Name: James Reed Johnson Rank/Branch: E3/US Army Unit: Troop B, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division Date of Birth: 26 March 1948 Home City of Record: Indianapolis IN Date of Loss: 21 August 1966 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 133730N 1073505E (YA796075) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 4 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Refno: 0436 Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 October 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: PFC James Johnson and his unit were conducting a reconnaissance mission in Pleiku Province, South Vietnam, when they were required to cross the Ia Drang River on a rope bridge at grid coordinates YA 796 075. The Ia Drang is a swift, dangerous river and is located in an area that was heavily infiltrated by enemy forces. PFC Johnson accidentally fell from the bridge and was swept away by the river. All attempts to rescue him failed, and searches along the river banks were unsuccessful. The current in the river was so swift that water searches were impossible. Three days before, another of the 1st Cavalry, Pvt. Freddie Kemp, also lost his life in the river, very near this location. Johnson is thought to have died in the Ia Drang River that day, and was placed in the category of Killed/Body Not Recovered. He is listed among the missing because his body was not found to return to the country he served. He is among nearly 2500 Americans whose fates are unknown from the Vietnam war. While Johnson's case seems clear enough, details of the loss of others who are missing do not lead to a conclusion of death but to a conclusion of survival. Since the war ended, thousands of reports have been received relating to Americans still held captive in Southeast Asia. It is unlikely Johnson is one of them, but experts believe there are hundreds of Americans waiting for their country to bring them home - alive.