Johnson, Francis David Leo, SP 5

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Last Rank
Specialist 5
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
67N10-UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 1st Aviation Brigade
Service Years
1966 - 1968

Specialist 5

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Minneapolis, MN
Last Address
Minneapolis, MN

Casualty Date
Jul 23, 1968
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Long An (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Park Hill Cemetery - Duluth, Minnesota
Wall/Plot Coordinates
51W 041

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Aviation Badge (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment1st Aviation Brigade
  1967-1968, HHT, 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment
  1967-1968, 1st Aviation Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
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Last Known Activity

Information on U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A tail number 65-12985
The Army purchased this helicopter 0767
Total flight hours at this point: 00000591
Date: 07/23/1968
Incident number: 68072300.TXT
Unit: HHT/3/17 CAV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was a Recon mission for Unarmed Recon
Unknown this helicopter was Unknown at UNK feet and UNK knots.
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: XS732647
Helicopter took 2 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Cockpit
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 02 KIA . .
The helicopter Crashed. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: OPERA, LNOF, 80310, HUGHS, CRAFX, CASRP (Operations Report. Lindenmuth Old Format Data Base. Crash Facts Message. Casualty Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:

1LT Douglas Dale Chaney and SP5 Francis D. Johnson went down, apparently crash-landed, while scouting in Long An Province east of Tan An, near the coast. The crew of another aircraft and I repeatedly tried to land and get them, but we were driven off by small arms fire. Chaney was found dead in the cockpit, probably shot just before or after landing. I clearly saw the other pilot Smith from the C&C Huey outside the ship, behind a rice paddy dike away from the source of ground fire. I thought he would be okay until the infantry reached him a little while later, since we could cover all the open area near him. I was wrong - he had been shot dead when reached, all his .38 pistol ammunition expended. I still don't know how or when he was shot, after their landing. Troop A was under operational control of the 9th Infantry brigade based at Tan An, from which we staged. We flew most ships back to Redcatcher Pad at Long Binh each night." from Charles E. Oualline, 6 December 1993. John Connor believes Smith and Wenban were in a lift platoon C&C that landed to try to help Johnson and Chaney. September 1997.
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