Thursday, April 19, 2012

Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Nicholas S. Johnson

Remember Our Heroes

Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Nicholas S. Johnson, 27, of San Diego, Calif.

CWO Johnson was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii; died April 19, 2012 in Divalak, Helmand province, Afghanistan, when his Black Hawk (UH-60) crashed. Also killed were Chief Warrant Officer 2 Don C. Viray, Spc. Dean R. Shaffer and Spc. Chris J. Workman.

Johnson joined the Army in September 2003 and became a pilot in December 2008. He is survived by a wife and one child.

Joni Johnson, Nicholas’ mother, declined to comment after being reached by phone Tuesday at the family’s home in Ontario.

Johnson, who was on his first deployment, has been posthumously awarded a Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, NATO Medal and Combat Action Badge. He had previously been awarded the Navy Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary Medals, Army Service Medal and Aviator Badge.

Johnson was a 2002 graduate of Chino High School in San Bernardino County, said Chino Valley Unified School District Spokeswoman Julie Gobin. Public records show he lived in San Diego County between March 2003 and September 2008.

Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Nicholas S. Johnson was killed in action on 4/19/12.

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