"The 221st lost one pilot and aircraft to hostile fire during the year. Captain Paul W. Johnson  was killed and the O-1D aircraft he was flying was destroyed when the aircraft was shot down by enemy ground fire on 22 July 1966 in the vicinity of Can Tho, South Vietnam. The aircraft came under intense ground fire and was struck several times, causing the crash, while in support of a sector operation."
Only two American servicemen were killed in aviation-associated incidents in Vietnam on 22 July 1966 - Captain Johnson and Master Sergeant Henry H. Delano of Abilene, Texas, assigned to the 519th MI Bn, 525th MI Group. The 221st Avn Co was based at Soc Trang but maintained a Phong Dinh sector detachment at Can Tho, where MSG Delano was the Phong Dinh sector Intelligence Sergeant. While The Virtual Wall cannot prove it so by documentation, the circumstantial evidence seems clear that Captain Johnson and Master Sergeant Delano died in the same incident.
|Paul William Johnson|
|ON THE WALL:||Panel 9E Line 57|
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|Home of Record:||Tulsa, OK|
|Date of birth:||07/19/1939|
|Service Branch:||Army of the United States|
|Grade at loss:||O3|
|MOS:||1980: Fixed Wing Aviation Unit Commander|
|Unit:||221ST AVN CO, 13TH AVN BN, 164TH AVN GROUP,
1ST AVIATION BDE, USARV
|Status Date:||Not Applicable|
|Status Change:||Not Applicable|
|Age at Loss:||27|
|Location:||Phong Dinh Province, South Vietnam|
|Casualty Type:||Hostile, died outright|
|Casualty Reason:||Fixed Wing - Pilot|
|Casualty Detail:||Air loss or crash over land|
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