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 ENGINEMAN 3rd CLASS JOHNNY C. JONES
US NAVY

Johnny Carroll Jones, of McKinney, was born January 5, 1948. In May of 1967he enlisted in the Navy. Johnny was three-veteran of the Navy, having served on ships at sea. When he arrived in Vietnam he became one of those black-beret wearing, Brown Water sailors, a member of the Mobil Riverines, part of Naval Support Activity-Saigon, and was assigned to Operation Game Warden, River Patrol Forces-Task Force 116. He was part of River Section 522-River Division 572, which was a joint venture with troops of the US Army’s 9th Infantry  Division whose tactics of operation were based on Civil War tactics used by Grant at Vicksburg, Mississippi. They operated primarily in the area of the Mekong Delta, which was comprised of miles and miles of waterways and swamps. In mid September, 1970, the boats of River Section 522  were ‘nested’ together near the mid-point of the Grand Canal in Gia Dinh Province, as they prepared to embark on another night operation. There had been big rainstorms shortly before, and the river was running high, with the current flowing swift and very dangerous. Johnny accidentally fell overboard. His crewmates frantically tried to grab him, but before any of them could jump in with a rope to rescue him, the current had swept him between, and then under the nested boats, where he quickly disappeared from sight.  Two days later his body was discovered by Vietnamese farmers, and recovered by the sailors of his unit. Johnny Carroll Jones was declared dead September 22, 1970, at the age of 22. His name is listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, at Panel 7W, Row 84.

Medals Awarded:
VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL
VIETNAM CAMPAIGN RIBBON
GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL
NATIONAL DEFENSE RIBBON



10th grade McKinney High School
jonny jones vietnam

Aboard a River Patrol Boat


10th Grade 1964

   
Footage of River Boats ... ... in the Mekong River Delta area of operation.

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