Jeremiah Jewel Johnson

NAME: Jeremiah Jewel Johnson

PLACE OF BIRTH: Vancouver, Washington

DATE OF BIRTH: August 18, 1983

HOME OF RECORD:

DATES OF SERVICE: October 30, 2003 to 06 January 2007

UNIT ASSIGNED: Company D, 3rd BN, 509th (ABN)

CAMPAIGNS: Operation Iraqi Freedom

AWARDS: Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge

SUMMARY OF SERVICE:

18 Aug 1983 - Corporal Jeremiah Jewel Johnson was born in Vancouver, Washington.

2001 - Johnson, a high school graduate, was a hard worker who played soccer and football, and became a star center-fielder for his high school baseball team. "He was ripped, ready, athletic and oh, so cool," said youth minister Luke Hanes. "He was such a likable kid, that even when he was getting in trouble, you liked him."

30 Oct 2003 - He joined the Army and was assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia were he attended Infantry One Station Unit Training and, subsequently, the Army Basic Airborne Course.

CPL Johnson was assigned to the Army's Special Warfare Training Detachment at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and attended training there for the next 13 months.

00 May 2005 - CPL Johnson was reassigned to Fort Richardson, Alaska and upon arrival was assigned to Dog Company, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne). While assigned to Dog Company, CPL Johnson served as a Driver, Rifleman, M-240 Gunner, .50 cal Gunner, and MK-19 Gunner. He is a graduate of the Combat Lifesaver Course, Combatives Level 1.

26 Dec 2006 - CPL Johnson wounded in action while conducting combat operations in the North Babil Province, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

06 Jan 2006 - CPL Johnson died as a result of injuries received while conducting combat operations in the North Babil Province, Iraq on December 26, 2006 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

CPL Johnson is survived by his wife Gale, son Isaiah, and daughter Rya.

Spc. Jeremiah Johnson, a member of the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (AP Photo/United States Army)

There were plenty of things Jeremiah J. Johnson liked: fishing, hunting, shooting off fireworks, playing pranks, tying up his brothers and sisters, building booby traps for fun, studying military manuals, practicing athletic moves on his little brothers, and once downing three triple cheeseburgers at a sitting. "He was just an amazing brother," said younger brother Zachary. "He just knew so much. He lit up a room without saying a word, and when he said something, the room just exploded. God, his laugh!"

06 Jan 2007 - Johnson, 23, of Vancouver, Wash., died of wounds suffered when his vehicle rolled over into a canal Dec. 26, 2006 in Baghdad while in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division.

He is survived by his wife, Gale, who he met when both were first-graders; a daughter, Rya; and a son, Isaiah.



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