Johnson, Charles, MSgt

Aircrew Protection
 
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Current Service Status
USAF Retired
Current/Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
92190-Survival Superintendent
Current/Last AFSC Group
Aircrew Protection
Primary Unit
1979-1983, 92190, 3636th Combat Crew Training Wing/3636th Combat Crew Training Wing Det 2
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
92150-Survival Specialist
1T0X1-Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Operations
92170B-Rescue and Survival Technician
Service Years
1972 - 1988
Official/Unofficial US Air Force Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Master Sergeant

 Official Badges 

Air Education and Training Command Instructor Basic Air Education and Training Command Instructor Master Air Training Command Master Instructor (post-1967) Air Force Retired




 Unofficial Badges 

US Air Force Honorable Discharge US Army Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Driver and Mechanic Badge

US Air Force Honorable Discharge (Old Style)


 Military Association Memberships
AFSA 1365VFW RidersCalifornia ChapterPost 416
Chapter 146Air Force Together We Served
  1988, Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA), AFSA 1365 (Executive Officer) (San Diego, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2005, VFW Riders [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2009, Patriot Guard Riders, California Chapter (California)12
  2010, American Legion, Post 416 (Member) (Encinitas, California) - Chap. Page
  2011, American Legion Riders, Chapter 146 (Chapter Secretary) (Oceanside , California) - Chap. Page
  2011, Air Force Together We Served [Verified]


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Vietnam War
Start Year
1960
End Year
1973

Description
Overview of the Vietnam War


Vietnam was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the 20th century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and in an estimated 2 million Vietnamese deaths. Even today, many Americans still ask whether the American effort in Vietnam was a sin, a blunder, a necessary war, or whether it was a noble cause, or an idealistic, if failed, effort to protect the South Vietnamese from totalitarian government.

Summary:

Between 1945 and 1954, the Vietnamese waged an anti-colonial war against France, which received $2.6 billion in financial support from the United States. The French defeat at the Dien Bien Phu was followed by a peace conference in Geneva. As a result of the conference, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam received their independence, and Vietnam was temporarily divided between an anti-Communist South and a Communist North. In 1956, South Vietnam, with American backing, refused to hold unification elections. By 1958, Communist-led guerrillas, known as the Viet Cong, had begun to battle the South Vietnamese government.

To support the South's government, the United States sent in 2,000 military advisors--a number that grew to 16,300 in 1963. The military condition deteriorated, and by 1963, South Vietnam had lost the fertile Mekong Delta to the Viet Cong. In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson escalated the war, commencing air strikes on North Vietnam and committing ground forces--which numbered 536,000 in 1968. The 1968 Tet Offensive by the North Vietnamese turned many Americans against the war.

The next president, Richard Nixon, advocated Vietnamization, withdrawing American troops and giving South Vietnam greater responsibility for fighting the war. In 1970, Nixon attempted to slow the flow of North Vietnamese soldiers and supplies into South Vietnam by sending American forces to destroy Communist supply bases in Cambodia. This act violated Cambodian neutrality and provoked antiwar protests on the nation's college campuses.

From 1968 to 1973, efforts were made to end the conflict through diplomacy. In January 1973, an agreement was reached; U.S. forces were withdrawn from Vietnam, and U.S. prisoners of war were released. In April 1975, South Vietnam surrendered to the North, and Vietnam was reunited.

Consequences

1. The Vietnam War cost the United States 58,000 lives and 350,000 casualties. It also resulted in between one and two million Vietnamese deaths.

2. Congress enacted the War Powers Act in 1973, requiring the president to receive explicit Congressional approval before committing American forces overseas.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1960
To Year
1973
 
Last Updated:
Sep 25, 2017
   
Personal Memories

Memories
Tan Son Nhut Air Base Night Sapper attack with Rockets and Mortars.

   
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

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