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SP/4 Bernard Derek "Bernie" Johnson
C Company, 720th MP Battalion
, 89th MP Group, 18th MP Brigade

Line Of Duty Casualty ~ 25 December 1967 ~ Vietnam

They Say,
our deaths are not ours,
they are yours,
they will mean what
you make of them.

They say,
we leave you our deaths,
give them some meaning.

Archibald MacLeish
poet and WWI

Photo Courtesy of SGT (LTC Ret.) Steven W. Senkovich, A Company, 720th MP Battalion, 1967-1968

There is no contact information for the next of kin.

        On Christmas Day, Monday, 25 December 1967, between 1200 and 1300 hours (12:00 and 1:00PM) SP/4 Bernard “Bernie” Derek Johnson, age 21, was the senior passenger conducting a road patrol assignment in an armored 1/4 ton jeep on Highway 1-A near Tanker Hill on Long Binh Post.

        While rounding a curve the driver of the jeep was temporarily blinded, lost control, and struck a road sign at Grid Coordinates YT031067 before the jeep overturned. SP/4 Johnson was thrown from the jeep and crushed when it rolled over on him. The vehicle operator also injured, survived the crash.

--- General / Personal ---
Last name: JOHNSON
Home of Record (official): SYRACUSE
State (official): NY
Date of Birth: Friday, March 15, 1946
Sex: Male
Race: Caucasian
Marital Status: Married

--- Military ---
Branch: Army
Rank: SP4
Serial Number: 12712292
Component: Regular
Pay grade: E4
MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 95B10

--- Action ---
Start of Tour: Wednesday, November 8, 1967
Date of Casualty: Monday, December 25, 1967
Age at time of loss: 21
Casualty type: (C1) Non-hostile, died of other causes
Reason: Vehicle loss, crash (Ground casualty)
Country: South VietNam
Province: Bien Hoa
The Wall: Panel 32E - Row 057


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