Date: April 16, 2018
May 16, 2018 (11 days ago)
AMERICAN HEROES No More Confusion! Presented By BINGHAM MEMORIAL HOSPITAL perience Bingha The US. Army helped veteran Dave bus to take us to the airport. We were down to the South China Sea where we Johnson discover his talent- told to leave our luggage outside. The would swim in the bay. In the distance luggage was stolen and we became helicopters hovered. Door gunners were having target practice by shooting Borm in north St. Paul, Minnesota, holdovers. Johnson's parents with their one "Commanders daughter and two sons moved to because there were no specific jobs for Southern California in 1960 did not like holdovers sharks. We were about 100-feet from the sharks. More sharks would arrive them to do," Johnson said. "We worked because of the blood." I registered for the draft when I was 21 lots of details, like painting a house or "My military duty taught me to be and entered the Army on Dec. 13, 1965.1 picking up cigarette butts. One day, a organized; to make decisions about what was eight weeks in basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas. I was a crossing guard and was assigned a Deuce-an-a half ton had to do it. I was a civilian in military made sure traffic was stopped at the truck intersections so the platoon could safely "I drove to pick up laundry or drop off Johnson was in the Army almost two cross. Because of my diligence, my and pick up soldiers who were on guard years; achieving the rank of E-4, a drill sergeant, Sgt. Amold (you always duty. I learned that you want to volunteer Specialist remember your drill sergeant's name), for the first shift of guard duty because made me an E-2. All the other guys left then you can get a better night's sleep. basic with an E1 ranking At Fort Ord, California, Johnson received receiving his orders for Vietnam where his crew of 22 hauled equipment his military occupation status (MOS). He he was assigned to the 41st Signal computers, cabling and funiture to was assigned to the signal corps and Company, Company C graduated in the top 3 percent of his class. sergeant asked if could drive a truck; had to do because I was the one who clothes." n Idaho, Johnson worked for the " daho National Lab (INL), mostly with He was a holdover for six months before the company, Aerojet Nuclear. He and here the contractor was assigned. They Arriving at Cam Ranh, Vietnam, a also put in networking back-to-the-world (soon to return to the "I had 54 buildings in town and kept I dlimbed telephone poles," he said. states) sergeant asked me if I would like an inventory of what was housed in 16 The poles were 50-feet tall. Do you to take his place driving truck. He worked warehouses," he said. know the life expectancy of a soldier 17-hours a day, seven-days a week. By on top of a pole in Vietnam? It was from the end of my time there, I had organized seven to 12 seconds. I also named ANL West, he said. "The the route so I was working three-and- COmpany, rgon, was in town. It was confusing to know what instructions His Advanced Individual Training (AIT) one-half hours each day; seven days a were intended for town or at the site took place at Fort Gordon, Georgia, in week. I did my job; was always where l so I suggested the words 'ANL West be heavy communication training. He was needed to be. trained to secure connections onto the poles. At the end of AIT, most of the company Army,I bought my first car, a 1968 Camaro, Dave Johnson served in Vietnam and, in was assigned to Germany, put on the banner page (first page). That no more confusion Idaho, moved contractors into and out of the Idaho National Laboratory until his I was sending home 85 percent of my solved the problem because there was pay," Johnson said. "When I got out of the and paid cash for it. I still own that car and Four of us were told to go to the old drive it. it has 280,000 miles on it. abandoned church building to await a "At times, I would drive a group of guys retirement.