Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Title
Sidney W. Johnston Collection
Association
Mobile Riverine Force Association
Collection Number
2181
Date(s)
Undated
Size
1.0 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
Museum Objects (D238.9), Photographs collection, Mobile Riverine Forces Association Collection (D054.5A)
Processed by
L. Duy, Mar. 2009[Updated: Mar. 2009 by J. Saffell]
Digitization Status
Items from this collection have been digitized and are available in the Virtual Vietnam Archive.

To search for items within this collection, or within all of the holdings of the Vietnam Archive, go to the Virtual Vietnam Archive

Scope and Content

Approximately one linear foot of military administrative documents, photographs, and a painting document Sidney W. Johnston's service in the United States Navy, including his time in Vietnam as a boat captain for Tango 54 (Assault Troop Carrier) River Assault Division 131. The potrait was painted by Johnston and is a depiction of his experiences in Vietnam on December 1969 and is titled "My Nightmare."

Biographical Note

Sidney W. Johnston was born in Ward, Colorado on 10 January 1939. He first joined the United States Navy in January 1956 and served until December 1959. He married Jo Ann Blackwell in 1960, but sadly she lost her life to cancer five years later.



Johnston rejoined the U.S. Navy on 10 January 1965 and was sent to Vietnam after 11 weeks of training. He served in seven campaigns in Vietnam as a boat captain for Tango 54 (Assault Troop Carrier) River Assault Division 131. He was awarded the following Medals and Citations during his time in Vietnam: Silver Star, Bronze Star, Navy Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon with one Bronze Star, Navy Good Conduct Medal with one Bronze Star, National Defense Medal with one Bronze Star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with one Silver Star and five Bronze Stars, and a Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Campaign Medal with Gallantry Cross and Palm. Johnston was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy on

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Collection Inventory

Contents
Box
Folder
Location
Sidney W. Johnston military documents and biography
1
1
D054

Separated Materials

Photographs
15 photographs of Tango 54 in Vietnam and the Mobile Riverine Forces Association Reunion.
Museum Objects
Painting - "My Nightmare" Vietnam, 20 Dec 1969 by Sidney W. Johnston (2181museum3313).

Digitized Materials

Items from this collection have been digitized and are available in the Virtual Vietnam Archive.

To search for items within this collection, or within all of the holdings of the Vietnam Archive, go to the Virtual Vietnam Archive