Interview with Jack Johnson
1 November 2000
Jack Johnson Collection
(USA) Jack Johnson received his ROTC commission in 1954 upon graduation from Iowa State College. He attended Field Artillery Officers Basic Course and applied for pilot training. He attended pilot training in 1955 and served as a Flight Instructor from 1956 to 1959. He first went to Vietnam in 1964 where he served as a Platoon Leader in the UTT Armed Helicopter Company at Tan Son Nhut Air Base until he was wounded in 1965. During this initial tour of duty, Jackson's platoon supported the Special Forces Base at Tay Ninh, provided support to HMM 365 in Da Nang, and participated in the Battle of Ben Gia from Dec 1964 to February 1965. Johnson returned to Vietnam in 1967 to command the 188th Assault Helicopter Company located at Dau Tieng and LZ Sally. He also served as the Executive Officer of the 159th ASH Battalion at Camp Eagle. During his second tour, the 188th AHC participated in OPERATION YELLOW STONE, the relief of FSB Burt, TET 1968, and OPERATION DELAWARE in I CTZ. While with the 159th Jackson helped support the 101st AD. This interview is being transcribed and is still an ongoing interview.
Interview with Jack Johnson, 1 November 2000, Jack Johnson Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University. Accessed 6 Oct. 2015. <http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/virtualarchive/items.php?item=OH0069>.
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OH0069, Jack Johnson Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University
Added: 14 Dec 2001[Updated: 25 Feb 2008]