Yesterday was your 53rd anniversary, sad. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. The time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
Remembering An American Hero
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
Crash Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09797
On October 6, 1966 two pilots (CAPT William E. Johnson, CAPT Ronald E. Pfiefer) and two crewmen (SSGT David L.G. Moser, MSGT Howard D. Strouse) in aircraft EP-154 operating in Thua Thien Province (I Corps) were reported missing in action enroute Phu Bai to Marble Mountain Air Facility. A subsequent search and rescue mission was conducted with negative results. On January 10, 1969 the crew’s remains were located and their recovery achieved. [Taken from vhpa.org, pownetwork.org, and virtual.vietnam.ttu.edu]
If I should die...remembrances for CAPT. William Edward JOHNSON, USMC...who died for our country!!!!
If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.