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Pfc. Dylan Jeffrey Johnson

October 27, 2012

This week’s American Hero is United States Army Private First Class Dylan Jeffrey Johnson of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Jenks High School. According to his unit, he had only been in Iraq less than a month with the 9th Calvary Regiment when he was killed on June 26th, 2011, in Diyala province, Iraq.

Jenks High School teacher, Ron Acebo, said in a statement to Fox 23 in Tulsa:

“Dylan possessed a kind spirit and was a bit reserved in my World Literature class. We all ache for the loss of this young life and grieve with his family.  As teachers, we all hold hopes and dreams for our students.  We do not know what he could have achieved but we are humbled that he had made the supreme sacrifice for his country….and that is how he will be remembered.”

Supreme is defined as highest in degree or quality. Sacrifice is defined as destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else.

In Pfc. Johnson’s case, he surrendered his life, high in degree or quality, for the sake of his family, his country and freedom for the oppressed.

According to reports, Johnson was driving an MRAP (mine resistant ambush protected) vehicle when an insurgent threw an armor-piercing grenade at the windshield. The explosion instantly killed the Pfc. and a Sergeant.

According to the Tulsa World’s interview with Johnson’s father, Jeff Johnson:

“I had thought the glass on those were bulletproof, but I guess the grenade hit at just the right angle,” he said.

Johnson said his son was a scout and was working with other soldiers to shut down U.S. bases in Iraq and turn them over to the Iraqis after the pullout of all U.S. combat troops.

He said his son had driven some dignitaries to northern Iraq and was returning to his base when the attack occurred.

“I’ve been chatting with the guys in his platoon all day, and they all described him as one of the funniest guys they ever met,” Johnson said Monday. “He was that way – a natural comedian.”

Johnson said his son loved music and sports and “was a great marksman.”

Jeff Johnson said Dylan Johnson went to Jenks High School and decided to join the Army in 2009, largely inspired by the men on both sides of his family who served with the military during World War II and Korea.

Johnson said his son completed his basic training at Fort Knox, Ky., and then was assigned to Fort Hood, where he remained until he deployed to Iraq.

The 46-year-old Johnson, who called Dylan Johnson his “best friend,” said he last saw his son in March.

“He knew they were going to Iraq, but he didn’t know when. He was really excited about going over there,” Johnson said.

He and his son communicated through Facebook while Dylan Johnson was in Iraq.

Today, Pfc. Johnson lies in rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. To rest eternally in our nation’s most hallowed ground is an honor in and of itself. No honor is greater than the one we bestow on Dylan Johnson. The honor of American Hero.


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