Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Captain Paul Johnson
Captain Paul Johnson of Dresden, Tennessee, was a pilot with the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing, Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, during the Desert Storm Combat Operations over Iraq.
On January 21, 1991, Captain Johnson flying an A-10 was tasked with a search and rescue. He received orders to look for an F-14 crew that had been shot down the night before. During the next six hours, he would lead his flight through three aerial refuelings, one attack on a possible SCUD missile site, and three hours of intensive searching deeper inside enemy territory than any A-10 had ever been. He risked his life as he had to fly at a mere 500 feet in order to pinpoint the survivor's location. When an enemy truck appeared to be heading toward his survivor, Captain Johnson directed his flight to destroy it, thus securing the rescue. It was his superior airmanship and his masterly techniques of orchestration that made this rescue happen, the first in the history of the A-10 weapons system.
Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, Captain Johnson reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force. For his heroic actions, Captain Johnson was awarded the Air Force Cross in 1991 at a base ceremony.
Location. 33° Touch for map. Located in Market Common. Marker is in this post office area: Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lieutenant Colonel William H. Rutherford (a few steps from this marker); Colonel Charles E Cook, Jr. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hoyt L. Hendrick (about 300 feet away); Brigadier General Joel T. Hall (about 300 feet away); Lieutenant Colonel Anthony "Tony" Shine (about 300 feet away); Chief Master Sergeant Jimmy E. Davis (about 400 feet away); General Bruce Carlson (about 400 feet away); Major General Ervin C. Sharpe, Jr. (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
Also see . . . Paul Johnson (United States Air Force) on Wikipedia. (Submitted on March 24, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
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