Ronnie Wayne Johnson was born on December 30, 1946, in
Burke, South Dakota to Charles Leslie (Les) and Neva
Margaret (Hedbund) Johnson. He had three brothers, Gene,
Allen, and Roger. Ronnie was raised in Burke, where he first
attended Rambrandt School and then Burke High School. Ronnie
worked as a construction worker and heavy equipment
operator. He was married to Ann B. Preslicka on Mary 20,
1967. The couple moved to Yankton, South Dakota. Ronnie
enjoyed hunting and working on cars.
Ronnie Wayne Johnson entered Army through selective
service on January 3, 1968. He trained at Ft. Lewis,
Washington. After completing training, he spent 18 days at
home on leave. On June 1, 1969, he left for Vietnam,
arriving at Tan Son Nhut Air Base. He served with Company B,
1st Battalion of the 82nd Airborne Division’s 508th
As a result of his actions at Phu Bai in March of 1969,
SP-4 Johnson was awarded the Bronze Star for heroism. Soon
after, on May 14, 1969, he died of wounds received in
action. The body of SP-4 Ronnie Johnson was returned to the
United States and he was buried with military honors at the
ZCBJ Cemetery southwest of Gregory.
At the time of his death, Ronnie Wayne Johnson left
behind his wife, Ann, his parents, Charles and Neva, and his
three brothers, Gene, Allen and Roger.
I will remember the service and sacrifice’s that Ronnie
Wayne Johnson gave for his country. His heroism lives on in
those whom he knew.
This entry was respectfully submitted by April G.
Goodson, 9th Grade, Spearfish High School, Spearfish, South
Dakota, on April 4, 2005. Information and approval for this
entry was provided by Allen Johnson, brother, Gregory.