Name: Gary Lee Johnson
Rank/Branch: E4/US Army
Unit: Company A, 101st Aviation Battalion, 101st Airborne Division
Date of Birth: 07 June 1948 (Culver City CA)
Home City of Record: Malibu CA
Date of Loss: 18 February 1971
Country of Loss: Laos
Loss Coordinates: 160431N 1071910E (YC481785)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: UH1H
Refno: 1706

Source: Compiled 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 in 1998.

Other Personnel in Incident: Walter E. Demsey; George P. Berg; Gerald E.Woods (all missing from UH1H); Allen R. Lloyd; Ronald L. Watson (missing from Special Forces team)


SYNOPSIS: WO Gerald E. Woods, pilot; WO George P. Berg, aircraft commander; SP4 Gary L. Johnson, door gunner; SP4 Walter Demsey, crew chief; were assigned to Company A, 101st Aviation Battalion, 101st Airborne Division.

On February 18, 1971, their UH1H was dispatched as part of a flight of four on an emergency patrol extraction mission on the west side of the A Shau Valley in Thua Tin Province, South Vietnam. The patrol to be rescued included Sgt.Allen R. Lloyd, Capt. Ronald L. Watson and SFC Samuel Hernandez, part of Special Operations Augmentation, Command & Control North, 5th Special Forces Group.


Each day in life remembered
With love we send a prayer
In Memory of everyone
Whose names we shall revere

We ask the Lord to Bless You
With words in life we share
To let you know that all of us
Offer special prayers

Dear Lord our friends are missing
We don't know where they are
But know that You are watching them
Assigning each a star

A star in life that's glowing
Within the sky so blue
Hoping that they see it
Sent with Love by You

Each of them life's Blessing
That go on with no end
The names of each are written
Within our hearts that blend

And so it is with sadness
With hope in life we share
Love to all our missing
Their hearts the gift we wear.

~ Francine Pucillo ~
Copyright April 7, 2003


Taken at Rosecranz Memorial Cemetery in San Diego, CA.