The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, 2LT Everett Eugene Johnson Jr., who died in the service of his country on May 19th, 1967 in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death Everett was 28 years of age. He was from Paulding, Ohio. Everett is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 20E, Line 45.
The decorations earned by 2LT Everett Eugene Johnson Jr. include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.
Lt. Johnson is buried in the Live Oak Cemetery in Paulding County, Ohio. He was survived by his wife Lou, a son Michael (age 8) and daughters Pam (age 6), Lori (age 4), and Lisa (age 7 months).
(His Silver Star Citation)
General Orders 1838, Award of The Silver Star, 4th Division, 9 July 1967
For gallantry in action while engaged in military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. On 19 May 1967, Second Lieutenant Johnson distinguished himself while serving as a Platoon Leader with A,1/35th Infantry which was conducting a search and destroy operation near Duc Pho. He had led his platoon into a suspected NVA base camp and had begun to engage the enemy. From his position in front of the platoon he saw that two of his men had been hit and lay helpless in an open area swept by enemy fire. Dashing through this fire, he managed to extricate one of the men. He took the injured man to the platoon medic and then returned to rescue the second man. Again he defied the automatic weapons fire and removed the wounded man to safety. Then Second Lieutenant Johnson returned to the battlefield where in the course of his gallant rescues, he had noticed the enemy position that was inflicting casualties on his platoon. Skillfully and with determination, he commenced an assault on the emplacement. As he approached the position, he was observed by the enemy and mortally wounded. Second Lieutenant Johnson's heroic actions and outstanding leadership in the face of the enemy were an inspiration to all the men in his platoon and resulted in the complete accomplishment of their mission. His exceptional display of aggressiveness, personal bravery, and devotion to duty are in keeping with the most cherished traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.