Marine UH-34D Pilot Missing since Vietnam War Finally Accounted For

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Marine Corps 1st Lt. Stanley Johnson, who went missing during the Vietnam War in 1965, has now finally been accounted for.

On December 3, 1965, Stanley G. 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. The aircraft was 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 hot spot. 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 the crash.

Stanley Garwood Johnson (Credits: VVMF)

Stanley G. Johnson (Credits: VVMF)

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 locations.

Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence available, established Johnson’s remains were included. Interment services are pending, according to DPAA (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency).

Stanley Garwood Johnson is honored on Panel 3E, Row 121 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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5 Comments

  1. We must never forget these heroes. While I government failed in purpose, in result and nearly in finding the lost, our hearts must continue to feel the huge loss of each life–the lives of parents and spouses are forever ‘in bits’, as are their friends and comrades. Our government is and has been out of control and hated by most of the world. And, worst of all, no longer trusted by citizens. Hillary is responsible for 100000s deaths of Libyans, Syrians, Iraqis, Afghanies. And, our children. Trump is careless with words. Obama and Hillary are careless with life and our riches. None of them is fit for leadership! Where is a Churchill, a Lincoln, an FDR, a Kennedy–no matter their faults, . . . God help us! ‘Something wicked this way comes.’ (Poe)

  2. Arlene Woodward Niegel on

    Thank you so much for the information on 1st Lt Stanley G. Johnson. He was a 1958 Graduate of Placer High School, Auburn, Ca. and a classmate of mine. I have hoped for many years that Stan would be found and returned to us.

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