Godwin, Johnie Reese, Jr., 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
Service Years
1966 - 1968
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Nov 29, 1968
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Hau Nghia (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Gibson National Cemetery - Fort Gibson, Oklahoma
Wall/Plot Coordinates
37W 005

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1967, Officer Candidate School (Branch Immaterial) (Fort Knox, KY)
 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 5th Infantry25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1968-1968, HHC, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry
  1968-1968, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On November 29, 1968, at 0750 hours, an APC from the Recon Platoon detonated an AT mine on Highway 7A, 2 kilometers north of the Highway 1 junction. The vehicle overturned trapping one Bobcat underneath. This Bobcat was killed and another one was wounded. Two South Vietnamese Soldiers were also injured in the blast. The APC was written off as a combat loss.
At 0920 hours, the Recon Platoon started moving south. At 0940 hours, a command detonated Claymore Mine was exploded against an APC. Two Bobcats were wounded by the blast. The platoon then started to receive sniper fire, which was returned with 50 caliber fire. The two wounded Bobcats were dusted-off. The helicopter came under small arms fire as it lifted off out of the area.
At 0959 hours a command detonated mortar round was set off against members of the platoon. Initially one Bobcat was killed and three were wounded. At 1005 hours, Companies B and C started moving toward the contact area.
A Dust-Off helicopter set down for the three wounded. As it touched down, what was believed to be a mine, exploded, killing one Bobcat and wounding four others.
At 1410 hours, a dust-off was requested by Company A for one wounded Bobcat. A VC threw a hand grenade from a spider hole, causing the injury. Company A worked the area and killed three VC.
One of the Bobcats from the Recon Platoon who was wounded earlier, died from his injuries.
One platoon from Company B was assigned to provide security for FSB Stuart. One Platoon from Company C was assigned to Cu Chi Base Camp for the night.


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