JOHNSON, STANLEY GARWOOD
Remains ID announced 08/25/2015
Name: Stanley Garwood Johnson
Branch/Rank: United States Marine Corps/O2
Unit: HELICOPTER MARINE MEDIUM 34 MARINE AIR GROUP 3 1 MARINE AIR WING
HMM-364, MAG-36, 1st MAW
Date of Birth: 11 November 1940
Home City of Record: APPLEGATE CA
Date of Loss: 03 December 1965
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 153627 North 1081351 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: UH34D #148762 - Co-Pilot
Other Personnel in Incident: Riley, Kirk Irwin, Capt., Pilot, KIA;
White, Robert Henry, Cpl., Crew Chief, KIA;
Dempsey, Warren Leigh, Cpl., Gunner, KIA;
Nine ARVN also killed.
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 2000 with information from USMC/Vietnam
Helicopter Association and John Lane. 2015.
HMM-364 Command Chronology
Kenneth L. Gross, Maj. USMC(Ret)
more info: www.geocities.com/Pentagon/Quarters/6491/riley.html
where these notes are QUOTED from.
Capt. Riley and his crew were the lead aircraft of a flight of six UH-34's
on December 3, 1965. All aircraft were carrying a full complement of ARVN
troops whose destination was an outpost known as Hiep Duc, just West of Tam
Ky. The entire area was noted for being a very "hot spot".
Ken Gross relates, "We tried to go in as high as possible, though we were
limited by somewhat low ceilings, which may have placed us approximately
2000 feet above ground level. The flight was in normal cruise when we
reached the vicinity of UTM grid coordinates BY031273 where the Viet Cong
fired on us with time delay fused mortars. Unfortunately Capt. Riley's
aircraft received a direct hit in the belly, where the fuel tanks were
located, and they never stood a chance. Capt. Riley tried desperately
to get the aircraft on the ground, but it was burning so fiercely he
appeared to lose control and the aircraft rolled inverted and crashed.
No one survived".
|Member Rank||First & Last Name||Service||Unit||Lost||Location||Accounted-For|
|1st Lt.||Stanley G. Johnson||U.S. Marine Corps||U.S. Marines Corps, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing||12/3/1965||Vietnam||8/5/2015|
From: Waggoner, Natasha L Maj USAF DPAA EXT COMM (US) [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 05 August, 2016 20:47
Subject: Marine Missing From Vietnam War Accounted For (Johnson)
Marine Corps 1st Lt. Stanley Johnson, missing from the Vietnam War, has now
been accounted for.
On Dec. 3, 1965, Johnson was the co-pilot of an UH-34D helicopter assigned
to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st
Marine Aircraft Wing, tasked to insert Army of the Republic of Viet Nam
troops into South Vietnam. Johnson's aircraft, with three other Americans
and nine Vietnamese soldiers onboard, was hit by enemy fire. At 100 to 200
feet above the ground with the entire cargo compartment in flames, the
helicopter lost one of its main rotor blades, and crashed approximately 30
kilometers west of Tam Ky Town. Everyone onboard the aircraft was killed in
Between 1993 and 2008, joint U.S./Socialist Republic of Vietnam (S.R.V.)
teams traveled to the area and conducted investigations which resulted in
multiple excavations at the incident crash site and possible burial
Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence
available, established Johnson's remains were included.
Interment services are pending.
Welcome home and rest in peace, 1st Lt. Johnson.
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Maj. Natasha Waggoner, USAF
Deputy, Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
Phone: 808.448.4500 ext. 3150