JOHNNIE M AYERS
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HONORED ON PANEL 34W, LINE 19 OF THE WALL

JOHNNIE MARVIN AYERS

WALL NAME

JOHNNIE M AYERS

PANEL / LINE

34W/19

DATE OF BIRTH

10/04/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

01/17/1969

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COUNTY OF RECORD

Kanawha County

STATE

WV

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

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POSTED ON 9.26.2022

SP5 Johnnie M. Ayers

SP5 Johnnie M. Ayers at the 173rd Engineer’s base camp at Bong Son in 1968.
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POSTED ON 9.11.2022

Final Mission of SP5 Johnnie M. Ayers

Operation Cochise Green was a security and pacification operation conducted by the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Binh Dinh Province, RVN, from March 30, 1968 to January 31, 1969. Inside the province were the Soui Ca Valley and “Oregon Trail,” busy infiltration routes used by the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) to move men and materials west from the Ho Chi Minh Trail to the Bong Son and Phu My coastal plains. U.S. efforts to interdict enemy movement along these routes included aggressive patrolling by ground forces and the construction of firebases to provide artillery fire support for infantry operating against the enemy interlopers. Also, along National Route QL-19, Strong Points were established with armored personnel carriers (APC’s) in a ready-reaction posture to respond to calls for assistance. The Viet Cong (VC) and North Vietnamese Army (NVA) were displeased with these developments they viewed as impediments to their own tactical objectives. Subsequently, throughout the province, the enemy launched frequent ambushes against Allied units and repeatedly mined the roadway along QL-19. On the early morning of January 17, 1969, elements of A Company, 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry, was providing security for a team on engineers from the 173rd Engineer Company conducting a mine sweep of QL-19. Approximately eight miles west of An Khe, the sweep team was ambushed by two squads of NVA/VC employing small arms, automatic weapons, and rocket-propelled grenades (RPG’s). The ambushers engaged the Americans from about 100 yards south of the roadway. Metal fragments from a rocket projectile caught one of the engineers, SP5 Johnnie M. Ayers, fatally injuring him. Four other U.S. personnel were wounded. The security team killed two enemy combatants and captured an RPG launcher and several rounds. An M37 ¾-ton pickup arrived on the scene and carried the casualties to a secured area at Bridge 25 where a medivac helicopter picked them up. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “History of 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 50th Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade, 1 January 1969 – 31 March 1969” at ichiban1.org]
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POSTED ON 5.28.2022
POSTED BY: Steve Eberhard

My friend Johnnie

My friend Johnnie, volunteered to join my minesweeper team in January 1969. We swept the road in part between Pleiku and Kon Tum every morning before letting convoys of military trucks use that supply line. We were ambushed on the morning of January 17 and took a B40 rocket round to our a deuce and a half truck. Johnnie was killed instantly from shrapnel. Everybody knew him as a fun loving friendly guy from West Virginia. I will never forget. Sgt. Steve Eberhard
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POSTED ON 5.4.2021
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you.....

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. It saddens me you have so few remembrances here...surely you deserve better. Rest in eternal peace.
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POSTED ON 3.9.2020
POSTED BY: jerry sandwisch wood cty. ohio vietnam vet 1969-70 army 173rd abn bde

You are not forgotten

The war may be forgotten but the warrior will always be remembered. All gave Some-Some gave All. Rest in peace Sky Soldier.
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