Johnson, Bruce Ervin


Rank: Sergeant

Unit: A Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11B – Infantryman

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Selected Service

Date of birth: 18-Oct-1948

Hometown: Wells, Minnesota

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 6-Dec-1967

Start of tour: 27-May-1968

Incident date: 13-Apr-1969

Date of casualty: 13-Apr-1969

Age at death: 20

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Grenade. Multiple fragmentation wounds.
Bruce Ervin Johnson was killed while on combat operation when encountered a hostile force. / On combat operation when engaged hostile force in firefight.

Ten Blackhorse troopers died as a result of this incident:
SP4 Larry Bruce Barfield
SP4 Robert Jay Brinkman
SFC Harry Payne Burton Jr
SP4 Charles Chandler
SP4 Gary John Dasher
SSG Harold Lee Greever
SP4 Kenneth Vern Jensen
SGT Bruce Ervin Johnson
SGT Terry Edward Jones
SGT Joseph Anthony Oreto

Location of fatality: Tay Ninh, South Vietnam, XT 428 557

Place of interment: Saint Casimir Cemetery, Wells, Minnesota, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 27W 074 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)