I worked on Sam’s first campaign in Plano, Texas. I remember Sam telling me that he would never eat another bowl of rice ever. I also remember seeing his twisted fingers from the torture he endured in the Hanoi Hilton. His back was injured when he crashed & he got little to no treatment while a POW. Sam was shot down while he was covering for one of the planes that was with him that had also took fire.
Sam was a patriot unlike 95% of those in Congress. He will certainly be missed.
I wonder if we could contact President Trump and suggest he give Col. Johnson a posthumous promotion to Brigadier General ? I hope he will be buried at Arlington.
Col Sam Johnson, USAF
Viet Nam pilot
Lord, guard and guide the men who fly
Through the great spaces of the sky;
Be with them traversing the air
In darkening storms or sunshine fair
Thou who dost keep with tender might
The balanced birds in all their flight
Thou of the tempered winds be near
That, having thee, they know no fear
Control their minds with instinct fit
What time, adventuring, they quit
The firm security of land;
Grant steadfast eye and skilful hand
Aloft in solitudes of space,
Uphold them with Thy saving grace.
O God, protect the men who fly
Thru lonely ways beneath the sky.
I remember shaking his hand a couple of times after meetings, and his hand was so deformed from torture, it was painful.
He really loved God, truly loved his family, really loved liberty, truly loved America, and was one of the most humble people I have ever met.
We have lost a real patriot. Younger generations are so clueless.
But he is finally home with the God he loved!