Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Marine Cpl. Jeffery W. Johnson

Remember Our Heroes

Marine Cpl. Jeffery W. Johnson, 21, of Tomball, Texas

Cpl. Johnson was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died May 11, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Also killed was Sgt. Kenneth B. May Jr., 26, of Kilgore, Texas.

Cpl. Jeffrey W. Johnson died on Tuesday supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Department of Defense officials said Wednesday. He was on foot patrol when the device exploded.

Another Marine from Texas, Sgt. Kenneth B. May, Jr., 26, of Kilgore, was also killed.

Cpl.Johnson and Sgt.May were assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Jeffrey Johnson enlisted in July 2007 and was trained to fire an anti-tank guided missile.

He was serving his second deployment.

His personal service awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

“The Marines and sailors of the 1st Marine Division mourn the loss of Cpl. Johnson. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family,” the Marines stated in a press release last week.

Jeffrey Johnson graduated from Waller High School in 2007. According to Waller ISD Public Relations Director Marianne Kosik, Johnson enrolled in Waller Junior High his seventh grade year after his family moved from North Carolina.

“Jeffrey’s death reminds us all that life can be brief and of the importance to live our lives to the fullest each day,” Waller ISD Superintendent Richard McReavy said. “Our deepest condolences go to Jeffrey’s wife, Katy Anguish, his family, friends and the entire Waller ISD community during this difficult time.”

McReavy added that, at press time last week, Johnson’s family was at Dover Air Force base in Delaware and funeral arrangements would be made upon their return.

Cpl. Johnson is the second Marine from Tomball to perish in Helman province in Afghanistan within the past four months.

The Patriot Riders have Cpl. Johnson on their Watch List, where members are leaving messages of love and support for the Johnson family.

Marine Cpl. Jeffery W. Johnson was killed in action on 5/11/10.

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