Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Pfc. Howard Johnson II


21, of Mobile, Alabama.
Killed when ambushed by enemy forces in Iraq. He was assigned to the 507th Ordnance Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas. Died on March 23, 2003.

It was a comfort to his father that Johnson was in a rear-echelon supply unit, and not facing combat on the front lines. But still, on the young man's last visit home in January, the senior Johnson, a Baptist preacher, had a premonition. "I got the feeling I was seeing my son for the last time," he says.

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"It took me many years to figure out what I wanted to say. You don't know me but I knew your son. We had gone to AIT together at Fort Lee, VA Class 246. I spent about three months with your son. He was a very caring and loving man. He loved what he did and he loved his family. I just want to thank you for all of the support you gave to him and the military. What you do is one of the most important things in a military family. I never want you to forget it. With out the family the Military would be nothing. I am very sorry for the loss of your son Howard. He was a great Soldier, Friend and I am sure a great son. Once again Thanks for everything. You and Howard will always be in my prayers."
SSG Ashley Novinska (Westermann) of FT KNOX, KY

"You are not forgotten battle. RIP "HOJO""
Tyrie Mayo of Columbia, SC

"R.I.P Hero your courage strengthens me."
Ron Lucky Jr of Mobile al

"I went to school with Howard. I spoke to Howard a couple of weeks before I deployed and we we're making plans to visit each other. When I found out he was in the Army to I was very excited because I didn't feel like I was by myself any more being from Mobile. I called home from Kuwait a few weeks after being there and found out the news of his death. Howard was what kept me motivated and focus. I just want the Johnson family to know that their son is a hero and motivation to us. He will forever be missed and he will always live through us. God Bless"
SFC DEJUAN HUNT of PITTSBURGH, PA USA

"Gone but definitely not forgotten. Although it's been almost 14 years since you where in my presence you are always on my mind. Loved and remembered be many."
April Lane of Mobile, AL

""Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:

- I shall not fear anyone on Earth.
- I shall fear only God.
- I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.
- I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
- I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.”
¯ Mahatma Gandhi""
jeffrey k. Heck USAF 82-86 of columbus ohio

"Thank you for the servivce and sacrafice. My condolences to your family and friends. RIP"
Jeffrey K. Heck USAF 82-86 of Columbus, Ohio

"I never met Howard. I don't know his family. I do know that he was from Mobile, AL, my hometown. I remember the day my mom called and told him of Howard's death. I wept for a man that I never met. My heart felt a great heaviness for a family I never knew. My church here in northern CA has a wall with the names of the fallen. His name is on that wall. This Memorial Day weekend, I honor Howard Johnson, II and his family. I have a marking of his name from the wall if his family would like it, I would be happy to send it to them."
Martha Eubanks of Yuba City, CA

"To the family of Hojo. I Met hojo in AIT class 246 at Ft lee VA. He was super funny but quiet at the sametime. I am deeply hurt for your lose and he is not forgotten. I am glad i had the chance to cross paths with him..RIP HOJO"
Tyrie Mayo of Dallas, TX

"Howard man I still remember the days of sharing classes together at Chastang middle school. You were a really cool dude man. I think me and you were like the shortest two dudes in our class. I'll never forget the day I heard that you had been KIA. I was stationed in Norfolk,Va and I just gotten off of work. My wife received a phone call and her sister told us of your passing. Man it really tore me up inside. Being where we're from its easy to get stuck and caught up in our environment, but we got out by serving our country and making our families proud. And as a fellow service member I felt as if I had lost a brother. Just know that you will never be forgotten, and that you will live on in the hearts of all those who loved you man. Rest easy soldier. You have fought your fight, you have finished the rest. May the Lord continue to bless the Johnson family."
Petty officer Marcus Redmon (US Navy) of Hampton, Virginia

"This young man gave his life for me and my family to live safe her in America. I will never forget the sorrow of his family upon his loss and will remember him always."
Richard of Oakesdale, Washington

"My husband ran the 4th ANnual CPT Kyle Comfort Memorial 5k in honor of your son today in Anniston, AL. He is still remembered for his sacrifice."
Stacy Denham of Anniston AL

"I remember being in my dorm room at Cal State LA, when I heard the news of Howard's death. I cried, I cried like a child. The war became real in that moment. Thank you Howard, for making me laugh and sharing your kind, free, and loving spirit for my 3 years at John L. LeFlore. Your spirit lives on in all those whose path you crossed. Thank you for choosing to sacrifice for our country, for our hometown of Mobile, for me. RIP-xoxoxoxo"
Kourtney Wiley of Los Angeles, CA

"I remember being in my dorm room at Cal State LA, when I heard the news of Howard's death. I cried, I cried like a child. The war became real in that moment. Thank you Howard, for making me laugh and sharing your kind, free, and loving spirit for my 3 years at John L. LeFlore. Your spirit lives on in all those whose path you crossed. Thank you for choosing to sacrifice for our country, for our hometown of Mobile, for me. RIP-xoxoxoxo"
Kourtney Wiley of Los Angeles, CA

"Well cousin its been 10years this year its not the same since you been gone you are always on my mind theres not a day i don't think about you we did almost everything together i miss you so much i have a lil girl now shes 8 she turned 8 on feburary 16th im sad your not here to see her but i know ur in a better place i love you so much n tell grandma and grandpa i miss and love them as well ill see you soon licousin."
Frannisha Blount of mobile ,Al

"I am Kurterris Johnson. Howard was my brother in Christ and my church family member. We thank you all for remembering our loved one. He was truly a great guy and his spirit lives in me forever. Junior, we love you!!!!"
Kurterris Johnson of Mobile, Al United States

"You touched the lives of so many people...your beautiful smile & mannerism shown to others will be cherished forever...We miss & love you still today...your memories live on...May you continue to rest in peace..."
Sonja Johnson of Mobile, Al

"I remember when it was reported you had been killed, and I felt so badly for your family, and for you.

I think about you often, though I never met you, or your family. You and Troy were killed near the same time, and I always link the two of you, and wonder how your family is doing."
Melanie Rowley Meljean of New Hampton MO USA

"You the hero we still remember!!! Gone but never forgotten... With love on this Memorial Day!!!"
SSgt Dealio Howard of Las Vegas, NV USA

"Rest in Peace. You should now be in a better place than earth for what you have done.....May god bless and give courage to all his loved ones....."
Ruvin of Sri Lanka

"I LOVE YOU HOWARD"
LEE ROWSER of MOBILE,AL.

"On this Memorial Day...I pay all due respect to a personal Hero of mine...who gave the ultimate on the 3rd day of the Iraqi War "Howard Johnson II"...he was the younger brother of my dear friend Zsaquez (Quez) Johnson...I will never forget you Junior! Peace and all my love to you Quez,Pastor Johnson, Momma Gloria, Sweetie, Sell and the boys and the entire Johnson Family!"
Nicole (Bourgeois) Patin of New Orleans, LA

"WELL "TROOP" (OR MY LIL BROTHER AS I WOULD CALL YOU), IT HAS BEEN 7 LONG YEARS AND I HAVE FINALLY BROUGHT MYSELF TO WHERE I CAN WRITE THIS TRIBUTE TO YOU. FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO SAY I'M SORRY FOR MAKING YOU A PROMISE THAT I WAS UNABLE TO KEEP, AND GOD KNOW THAT I WISH I COULD HAVE KEPT THAT PROMISE. I REMEMBER IT LIKE IT WAS JUST YESTERDAY. YOU SEEN ME WALKING THROUGH THE MOTORPOOL AND CALLED OUT "HEY SERGEANT, COME LOOK AT THIS", TALKING ABOUT THE RECENT "CANDIED" PAINT JOB YOU HAD JUST GOT. AND YOU WAS NOT HAPPY WITH THE OUTCOME BECAUSE IT HAD RUNS ON THE REAR RIGHT SIDE. I TOLD YOU TO NOT WORRY ABOUT IT THAT WHEN WE GET BACK I WOULD TAKE YOU AND WE WOULD GET THINGS FIXED. I'M SORRY THAT THAT DAY NEVER CAME FOR US TO COMPLETE THAT MISSION. WHEN I THINK OF YOU I CAN HEAR YOUR SLOW SOUTHERN DRAWL WHICH ALWAYS MADE ME LAUGHT AT FIRST. I KNOW THAT GOD HAS TAKEN YOU HOME BUT I WISH THAT HE WOULLD HAVE GAVE ME MORE TIME TO MENTOR YOU TO THE WAY ON THE MILITARY LIFE BECAUSE YOU TRULY HAD UNLIMITED POTENTIALS. R.I.P. LIL BROTHER. TO YOUR FAMILY I SAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU. PEACE BE UNTO YOU ALL"
SFC CRUTCHER, GREGORY N. of ABEERDEEN PROVING GROUNDS, MARYLAND

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Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"Remember, Pray, and Pay it Forward to our wonderful servicemembers. Thank you for your service Howard. You shall always be remembered."
your cousin, Natasha Denham Sager of Prattville, Alabama

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH

"March 15, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Howard Johnson, II:
Howard gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"I knew Howard from spending some of the greats times with him at John L Leflore HS. It has been along time since the the pasting of you brother and my heart still cries out, why a friend of mine had to go but the Lord has a plan. I like to give honor to your memory with love and respect. RIP Howard. To the Johnson family I continue to pray and keep you in my prayers. Gone but never forgotten."
SSgt Dealio Howard, US Air Forces of Las Vegas, NV USA

"i am the first cousin of pfc howard johson II. on behalf of the entire johnson family ,we would like to thank everyone for the cotinueous prayers. it has been five years and the wound of howards death is healing but still fresh. my uncle and aunt are such an inspiration to others because after all they have been through,they still trust and believe that God is still good. the resent tragic house fire left them with nothing not even memories,but they still trust God and thats a blessings. once again i ask that you all would keep the entire johnson family in your prayers. we pray for all those who were lost and the safe return of every one in iraq and over seas. our hearts go out to all soliders and their familys we love you all. please register to vote your vote does count"
kiwi johnson pettway of mobile al

"I met Johnson at a gas station on the way to Houston, Tx. We convoyed all night trying to make home for Thanksgiving. I would stop to rest or for gas and he would stay awake and pull guard. We parted when we got almost to I-10. I didn't know the last time I would see him was on the news. God bless your family Johnson."
SGT Daniels of Ft Gordon, Ga

"Although our meeting was brief in Iraq, I will never forget you. I pray for you and your family.

Semper Fi,

Mike Bilello
USMC 2001-2004"

"Remembering with you the life of someone so dear."
Shirley Billingsley of Huntsville, AL

"May 28, 2007 (Memorial Day)
To the family of Howard Johnson, II. Howard gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"To the Johnson Family: Your son was a funny young man who can make you laugh so hard unexpectedly. When you are a soldier in the military the soldiers you serve with becomes your sister or brother. Johnson was like a little brother, always sweet and respectful. My heart went out to Johnson's family because I knew how much he loved his family. To drive from Texas to Alabama in his beige Grand Marquis reminds me of the saying "When you raise your kids right they always come home to visit". I miss him so much. Johnson and Sloan two young soldiers who I will always remember. If any family members wish to contact me, my email address is selenacharlescierra@yahoo.com"
Selena Barden of Bloomfield, NJ USA

"To the Johnson Family: Your son was a funny young man who can make you laugh so hard unexpectedly. When you are a soldier in the military the soldiers you serve with becomes your sister or brother. Johnson was like a little brother, always sweet and respectful. My heart went out to Johnson's family because I knew how much he loved his family. To drive from Texas to Alabama in his beige Grand Marquis reminds me of the saying "When you raise your kids right they always come home to visit". I miss him so much. Johnson and Sloan two young soldiers who I will always remember. If any family members wish to contact me, my email address is selenacharlescierra@yahoo.com"
Selena Barden of Bloomfield, NJ USA

"To the family of:Howard Johnson 11 I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"My name is Eukheria (Sweetie), Howard's neice. I would like to thank all of you 4 your sympathy. Though it has been 4 years since his passing, I still miss him dearly. Sometimes I think would my family be different if he was still here today? He always had everybody laughing and he was always smiling. He was like the big brother I never had. He took me everywhere with him and clamied me as his sister..... that made me feel good inside. I am the oldest grandchild and the only girl and people say I remind them of Jr. very much, and to me that is a compliment. Rest Peacefully Howard, Love Sweetie"
Eukheria (sweetie)Collins of Mobile, Al USA

"Howard I first came of light of you and the circumstances tonight 1-1-07 on the world news when they showed and talked with your mom and dad in Mobile. It made me feel so sad to see your family's pain. Thanks young man and rest in peace."
Jamie Watts of Phoenix, AZ,USA

"Howard,
I would like to say thank you to you and the other soldiers from your convoy who were killed in that ambush for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. I am from El Paso and I remember watching the memorial service for you and your fellow soldiers on television-it was a very moving service, especially when the Sgt. Maj. called out your names."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"To the Johnson family,
May you continue to know God's peace as you go through life. Also know that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord."
Tonya M. (Molette) Ryan Coker of Birmingham, Al

"You probably don't remember me but I am the little girl from McGill that Howard did the honor of escorting to two dances while we were in high school. I just want to let you know that he is truly loved and missed, and I know he is a angel looking down upon us. I remember the Eulogy from his funeral where Mr. Johnson talked about a Prince returning home, nothing could be more true than those words."
Walkitria Alexander of Carbondale, Il

"R.I.P. my fellow solder on the 3 year annivesary, WE WILL NEVER FORGET."
adam mcmurdy of mv, ca

"To my boy RED we worked long hours under chico. We always talked about fixing up our rides. We went to valaris together and he showed around El Paso. We used to rap together on our way to Speaking Rock. My boy loved some flamin hots and other snacks. I think about him and the other soldiers from Tech Supply who lost their lives."
Higinio R. Martinez of Lubbock , Texas

"Hello my name is Kimberly and I served wtih Johnson. We were both stationed at Ft. Bliss and had to go to war together, Johnson was my friend and co-worker he had a heart of gold and always wore a smile on his face. I will always remeber and love him. Rest in Peace troop."
Kimberly T. Robinson of Warner Robins, GA, USA

"SONG FOR THE CHRISTIAN SOLDIER

(A tribute to some heroes
- the fallen who died to keep us free
- and in tribute to their families)

Tune to "500 Miles"
As sung by Peter, Paul, and Mary (Not to endorse them but they are the ones who sang it)

THE JOURNEY HOME

When you meet the plane I'm on
You will know that I am gone!
Pain too great to face the dawn
You'll sob good-bye!

The flags as far as you can see
My loved ones come to welcome me.
Make my grave where folks are free -
I'm coming home!

That roaring plane will leave the ground
These earthly ears won't hear a sound.
Just recall the peace I've found -
To go on Home!

I know the Lord, to Him I cling
I cry, "Oh death, where is thy sting?"
Feel the brush of angel wings
- Here for me!

Lord, I guess I'm nearly through,
I'm eager now to be with You!
Heaven waiting past the blue,
- Flying Home!

God's own Son was far from Home
He died to bear my sin alone.
Buried in a tomb of stone
- He's alive!

When you meet the plane I'm on
You will know that I am gone -
But we'll share the joy I've found
. . . It won't be long!

- Chuck Brocka


How many of our sons and daughters have we flown home in this way through the years in that long line of fallen soldiers? They did not leave a foreign soil looking out the window, seeing the airport lights or the glow of the sinking sun! They never smelled the fumes! They did not feel the quivering as the body of a great plane taxied from the terminal! They never heard the roaring of those massive engines during take-off! Down in the belly of the craft, they never sensed that great blast of power as it picked up speed to leave the ground! Why? Precious and dear, these young Americans heroes were already gone!

And for those who knew the Saviour through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, friend, my Bibles affirms that they were already Home! Mighty angels waiting on wing received these honored guests to escort them safely to Glory! To be born again, then death is to hear the gentle sound of angel wings, to lift our focus to things above, to view the glow of that Heavenly City, to tremble with excitement over being an honored citizen in a far greater Country, to hear the welcoming cheers of the redeemed, to be received into our Father's House, and to hear the Lord Jesus say, "Welcome Home!" Sad farewells here, yes, but welcomes there! Such joy to be in the presence of God!

God's own Son was far from Home
He died to bear my sin alone.
Buried in a tomb of stone
- He's alive!

When you meet the plane I'm on
You will know that I am gone -
But we'll share the joy I've found
. . . It won't be long!"
Chuck Brocka of Salt Lake City, UT

"The Salute


To those who have died,
And to those who have cried.
We Salute You.

To those who have lost,
Paid the ultimate cost.
We Salute You.

And to those who still serve,
The Red White and Blue.
Our grateful Nation,
Proudly Salutes You."
Tom Balstad of West Warwick RI

"i feel real bad because i dont know him but i just can't stand our troops dieing for nothing it really hurts and one of my teachers mrs.goulding she's my math teacher and her son going to iraq and i'm very sad because i pray that nothing happen to him and i'm very very sorry for your lost i know i don't feel the pain but i know i'm truly so so sorry"
tiffany of ohio

"may god bless the family of johnson, i had the privilege to train with johnson in basic trainning at ft. jackson. we were in the same company and platoon he always put a smile on my face and encouraged me. he now rests in peace and has went home to god in heaven. god bless the johnson family and know he is with our lord. my prayers and thoughts are with you all. thanx johnson for being a good friend when we were in basic i will always remember you as long as i shall live and i cant wait to see you again!:)tarheelz34@yahoo.com"
jessica allen of manassas, va usa

"To Howard's Family, America will be so much less with his sacrifice. Rest in peace Brave Soldier."
Ray & Mary Dickson of Gautier, MS, USA

"I'm reading about this man and it makes me cry to see that he is the same age as me. To Mr. Johnson's family I want to say I'm sorry for the loss of your son."
Jessica White of Centre, AL United States

"Thank you for put your life in danger for something you believed in. We as a people we will revenge your death in the form of voting to remove the person who put you there in the place where none of our soliders should have been in the first place. We were truly blessed to to know you. I remember seeing you walking through the halls of LeFlore with a smile on your face. You will be truly missed. We will always pray for you and your family."
Alicia Mackie of Mobile, Al,USA

"The Good Die Young. Rest In Peace."
Tiffany Williams of Red Springs, NC

"The Good Die Young. Rest In Peace."
Tiffany Williams of Red Springs, NC

"I was blessed to be a part of Howards life. He was my angel sent from heaven. I remember meeting him for the first time. I was working at the PX and he was introduced to me by one of my co-workers that went to his church. Soon after no one could ever keep us apart. I was so blessed to be a part of his life and I was blessed to have him in mine. He was a good man. I remember the first time I went to visit him. He showed me so many pictures of his family. He spok so beautifully about his family and I remember saying to myself "Lord he is the one". We talked about our fathers going deer hunting together someday. I was amazed by his loving and caring personality. He played the drums at Unity Baptist church every Sunday morning. I remember the day he was excited because he had invited me to his church to see him play the drums. That Sunday I became a new person. I remeber all our beautiful times together as if it were yesturday. He loved it when I surprised him with his favorite snacks flamin hots and oatmeal cream pies. When he first gave me the news that he was getting deployed, I was so broken hearted. We both talked about how much we were going to miss eachother and we promised to write to one another as much as we could. He always called me his "good girl". We sepnt every momment until his deployment together. He always told me " don't worry about me, I'll be ok, and I'll be back safe". We talked about how lucky we were to have met. I remeber holding him tight crying and asking "why do you have to leave". His answer was "I wish I could stay here with you, but I'll be back soon". When I first got the news that the Lord had picked him up I was broken to pieces. I didn't know what to do. When I spoke to his mother Mrs. Johnson on the phone for the first time I was so happy to hear how much she knew about me and we hadn't even met. It showed me how special I was to him. I remember driving into Mobile and looking around seeing where he grew up, it was so beautiful. It was a blessing to meet all of his family. I was amazed how the people in Mobile honored him with flags and salutes. They would stand in their lawns and would stop in the middle of the street and get out of their cars saluting as Howard made his way to church. I wasn't surprised to see how many people's lives he had touched. He had a way with people. He was always willing and ready to help others in whatever way he could. It is amazing how the Lord works his ways through people. I know the Lord worked his ways through Howard and touched me. To his family I would like to say that they are always in my prayers and in my heart. There is not a day that goes by and I don't think about them. Rev. and Mrs. Johnson " I love you".

Howard,

I love you and miss you very much and I hope to see you soon. You were my life and my inspiration. You should me the meaning of life. Because of you I am who I am now. All of us at Unity miss you and so do your dearest and close friends Ann, Zhang, Alateef, Debois, Delaney, Luton, and Shamieka. You are my hero, my soldier, and my love. I thank you for letting me be a part of your life and you being a part of mine. And I thank you for all the beautiful things you taught me.

Love,
Jessica"
Jessica Ayala of El Paso, TX USA

"iam the first cousin of pfc howard johnson
i had the priviledge of watching him grow from a boy to a man. he was always polite and like to joke around. jr as we called him, was a good child ,he never got in to any real trouble. he always had a smile ,sort of like a ray of sunshine. the proudest day i can remeber is when he came back from basic training with his uniform on ,he walked in church and i had tears in my eyes,and i told him ,you have grown up to be a man and we are very proud of you.On behalf of the intire johnson family ,we would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support in our time of sorrow. we would like you all to keep praying that, God
contiues to strengthen us. again thank you all. we continue to pray for the familys of others who have lost love ones and we also pray for the safe return of those who are still serving and as howard would say" thats from the heart""
(kwijuana) kiwi pettaway of mobile al

"To the Family of Howard Johnson:

I asked my son what his favorite bible verse was, and it was as I was reading about Howards passing. It was Romans 8:38 "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." God Bless you,
and thank you for having such a fine
and caring son such as howard."
Chris and Dawn Kelly of Thornton, Colorado

"To the Johnson Family,
Our Love and Prayers are with you.
God Bless,"
Angel, Clay & Garrett Ponder of Fairhope, AL USA

"To the friends and family:
I think about the sacrifice these fine soldiers made constantly, for I also lost a loved one to this war. I hope it brings you some comfort to know that we grieve together. Stay Strong and know that many people pray for you daily."
Sarah Linden of Portland, OR USA

"I hope all of Howard's family knows how much they are blessed. I would like to send my sympathy to the Johnsons. And shall God be with them all the time. I hope you all are living a very happy and safe life. Howard sounded like a great, friendly and happy person. Howard was courageous brave because he was fighting for our country and peace. Howard will never be forgotten.I am a 7th grader learning more about your son. I was just skimming over the web site and just happened to chose Howard because he is assigned in Fort Bliss where my step - grandfather's friend was assigned. I seen you said "I had a feeling that i was seeing my son for the last time".That was very sad. I would be very upset if someone that I loved died. God bless you all"
7th grade student of Barker Middle school

"They wear the uniform
Proud and true
They protect our Nation
For me and you.

They give of themselves
So unselfishly
They leave their homes
And their families

They are on foreign soil
In a foreign land
Our men and women
Who are taking a stand

They are on guard
Day and night
They are weary for sleep
But prepared to fight

They see death and destruction
In this war torn place
But its all worth the effort
When they see a smiling face

They remember why they are there
Through all the sadness and sorrow
Its to ensure for the children
A better tomorrow


May god keep and protect the men and women who have chosen to protect us and our nation...""
Sgt Wes Campbell USMC 3/2 of decatur alabama

""Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." I knew Howard ever since I could remember. His father came to Truevine when I was born. And over the years he has become a father to me. I was saddened by the death of Howard. It really made me think about life and how precious every moment is. I pray that the family continues to survive this tragedy with the help of the Almighty, Everlasting Father."
L.L.H. of Mobile, AL

"In loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"We Will NEVER FORGET !" As the first anniversary of the death of your loved one arrives;
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Howard, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"We Will NEVER FORGET !" As the first anniversary of the death of your loved one arrives;
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Howard, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Private Johnson, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"Thank you Howard Johnson II, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"I used to be Howard's neighbor. My little brother knew him more than I did because he would shoot hoops with him sometimes. I'd chat with him every once in a while where the fence between our houses ended. It was usually small talk and short lived. But what I did know of Howard was that he was kind and honest about things and wasn't the type to judge. Hearing of his death did something to me. It made me think to make every experience in life as positive as you can. My heart goes out to the reverend and his wife. I'll never forget your son. I wish I knew him better. Sincerely, you old neighbor on Skywood, Michael Biggs (formerly of Mobile, AL)"
Michael Biggs of Dover, DE USA

""First time I met Howard was Aug97. We had 1st block Biology togeter in Mrs.Blakely room at Davidson High School. The next class we had together was History that year. Howard was a wonderful person and he had me laughing all the time. Our 10th grade year we both went to summer school at Leflore for English and the teacher would always call his name and make him sit in the front of the class room because he would always be clowin in class. My 11th grade year I didn't see him because he went to another school,but, Our senior year I went to that school and we met up again. Howard was still crazy and a funny person to be with. Howard, brought sunshine to everyone he met and was the most loveable person I've ever met. I love Howard and always will. When I found out about his tragic ending, it really hurt me. I, also a member of the Armed Forces(Air Force) and my husband understanding the consequences when war time approaches and you have to do what you have to do. Howard was a hero and he has been rewarded for his braveness.""
SrA Courtenay Ngo of Biloxi, Ms

"Pfc. H. Johnson would pick-up issue supplies at the Issue Point, Bldg. 2527, Fort Bliss TX> My name is Austin Redfearn and I worked the Issue Point at that time. I always kidded with Mr. Johnson about him falling asleep everywhere. I'd kid him about owning the Howard Johnson Motels, so why join the Army?. His passing away really hurt me. He was a great person to work with and a very brave soldier. I saved the newspaper with his picture in it. To whom this may interest, our prayers are with his family. Jesus Christ is Lord."
Austin of El Paso, Texas

"My name is Nicole I am a very close and dear friend of Howard's oldest sister Zsaquez. My mom and I attended the Home Going service of Pfc. Johnson.And I must say it was the most beautiful service I've ever attended.The entire state of Alabama must have been there. Those who did not attend the service stood along the route to the grave site, waving and holding up American Flags. You felt the love and hearts of everyone there.I visited Quez(that's what we call his sister)last week. And although I can't imagine what she and her family are really going through deep in the back of their mind. She is trying to keep moving on. Quez and her family all have strong faith in the lord above.And as much as all hearts are hurting, we must all hold on and keep the faith, knowing that one day we will see Junior (Howard's nickname)again. There's an old gospel song that we sing here on the bayou, It goes like this "hold to his hand, God's unchanging hand, hold to his hand, God's unchanging hand, build your hopes on things eternal. HOLD TO GOD'S UNCHANGING HAND! God bless Quez,Pastor Johnson, Momma Gloria, Sil, Sweetie and the entire Johnson Family.I love you all!"
Nicole Bourgeois of New Orleans, Louisiana

"My name is Jessica Feliciano and I knew PFC Johnson and had the opportunity to work with him. My heart and prayers goes out to his family."
Jessica N. Feliciano of New York, NY

"I just received the an email about a man who was flying home to Alabama with your son. I want to tell you that I am greatful for your son. He was one of the many people who help defend our country, ensuring that we all maintain the freedom we take for granted. My husband is a Navy sailor and I often worry about his safety and pray to God that he returns home to me and our two children. I extend my condolences to you and my appreciation for him in paying the ultimate price for our country as Jesus did for our sins. May God bless you with strength and the comfort in knowing that your son is with Him now and that he is finally home."
Pamela Mitchell, US Navy Wife of Honolulu, HI/ USA

"I would like to extend my sympathy to Howard's family. He is my best friend (ETARA HOSEY)'s God brother. I had the honor of attending high school with Howard. He was truly a wonderful person. I remember the last time I saw him, he was leaving Mrs. Hosey's house, and he looked back, smiled, and waved good-bye. I had no idea that it would be my last time seeing him. Jesus, thank you for blessing me to have Howard in my life, even if it was for a short time."
Sandie Wiley Edwards of Mobile, AL USA

"I wanna say thankyou again to Johnson for defending me while I was pregnant. Truly he was a guardian angel for my son. My husband and he went thru inprocessing together here at Ft. Bliss, they are both 92-alphas, I believe they also knew eachother in Alabama only my husband is from Montgomery. I can still picture him and my husband struggling to move our furniture in, or eating up all the food in our house. I called them 'country boys'. I saw him the day that my husband had deployed(Feb. 8) in the PX and he had played with my son. He was a very well mannered young man. I also know Luten from my church, Johnson's church is right around the corner from mine. My neighbor used to work with Johnson. I remembered the first time he called, and 'Howard Johnson came up on my caller id, I asked my husband 'who is calling you from a hotel?' Johnson will always be remembered in this household. My husband isn't ready to talk of him yet, but everytime we see a gold or burgandy car that looks like Johnson's, my husband gets this look in his face, I wish I could do something, but Johnson's in God's hands now.
Stephanie & James Briggs"
STEPHANIE BRIGGS of FT. BLISS, TX USA

"My family and I would like to extend our condolences to you in the loss of your son. Heaven is richer today because Howard Johnson II is in residence. I know Jesus welcomed him with open arms. May the One who gives peace which passes all understanding hold you tightly in his arms in the days and years ahead until you are reunited on the shores of heaven. Our family would like to thank you for your HERO. We appreciate what he did for us and the freedom of the peoples of the world.--Jeremiah 29:11"
Kim and Mary Milner and Sons of Waynesville, NC/USA

"I received this email and thought I would send it out to let everyone know how people are feeling.


I want to tell you of an experience I had last night flying home from Atlanta.

The pilot came on the intercom and went through the usual announcements telling us that "we're just east of Montgomery cruising at 28,000 feet" and "you've picked a beautiful night for flying, just look at the gorgeous southern sunset out of the right side of the plane". He then, however, said this: "Please bear with me as I deviate from the script, but I want you all to know that simply by coincidence you have been granted both the privilege and honor of escorting the body of Army PFC Howard Johnson, Jr. home tonight. PFC Johnson was killed in Iraq defending the freedoms we all enjoy, and fighting to extend those freedoms to the people of Iraq. We are also accompanied by PFC Johnson's cousin, Marine Major Talley, who has been chosen by the family to escort PFC Johnson home. Semper Fi!"

The plane quickly became very quiet, but soon erupted in thunderous applause that lasted for several minutes. It was quite moving, to say the least. As I sat there thinking about what the pilot had said, and visualizing PFC Johnson riding below me in the belly of that plane, I noticed a couple of things. Two rows in front of me sat a father holding his daughter, an infant, and they were practicing "ma-ma" and in the row behind me was another young boy, probably 2 or so, learning to count to 10. Now obviously both are too young to realize we're at war, or that one of our fallen was with us, but it made me think, and this is the point: These warriors, mostly young, all volunteers, everyday are prepared to give their lives for our future, for a safer, more secure future for people they don't even know, all based on the principle that fighting and dying for this country is worth it. You all know and agree with this, but not everyone does, so I would ask that if you meet anyone that's not "on board" with this philosophy, i.e. the protesters to which Bob refers, that you "correct the situation".

By the way, the flight ended with all of us deplaning only to line the windows of the gate house to watch PFC Johnson's body, draped in the American flag, be rolled out of the plane and into a waiting hearse that was surrounded by his family members.

Please pray that our soldiers' sight is acute, their aim is true, and that as many come home as God can spare.


Andy Nelson
Montgomery, Alabama"

"To the family of Howard Johnson II, first I would like to express my deepest sympathy for your loss. I have so many memories of "J" (what I called him). I think about the last time that I talked to him, I was sitting outside of the motorpool area and he called me over to took at his car (he had just got it painted), as he showed me all the mistakes that was made, I told him to never accept anything that is not to standard espicially if you have to pay for it. I then told him to take it back and have them fix the paint. He did, and it still came back with flaws that we found. As time was counting down for deployment there was not enough time to take the car back. I told him that when we "get back" I will go with him. We shook on it and gave each other peace, not knowing that it would be one of the last times that I would see him again. I ask that in the name of God, most gracious, most compassionate, that he have mercy upon "J" and all those he has touched with his presense."
SSG G. N. Crutcher of Ft. Bliss, TX

"Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier, your courage and sacrifice will nerver be forgotten."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Howard Johnson II:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Howard for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Howard Johnson II:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Howard, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"condolence to johnsons family. he was a very nice man. it was nice knowing and having him around during basic training. he is surely remember by the americans for the bravery he possesed. may he rest in peace and i salute u! blacklions soldier."
ivy of honolulu, hawaii

"PFC. Johnson, Heaven needs all the heroes it can gather, and in you, and Pvt. Estrella-Soto, I believe God found two young men that would make rank quickly, in His great army. You and your fellow soldiers went to help liberate a people from an evil, godless man. Your efforts to help liberate Iraq, and help preserve freedom from the fear of terrorism in America, will never be forgotton. Humble heartfelt gratitude for your courage, young man. God bless you and your family, and may the promise of Easter bring your family comfort, secure in the knowledge that you rest in peace and plenty with God, and will be reunited one day with your loved ones."
Beverly of Long Island, NY

"Thank you for your sacrifice.
May your family find peace and comfort.
God Bless you brave soldier.
Gone but not forgotten."
Tim and Mary Williams of Savannah, GA, USA

"Many Thanks to all who gave their lives.
May God Bless each and every one."
Blair of Birmingham, Al. USA

"I am proud of PFC Johnson and all that he did. Many people don't think of the support units when they think of the front lines. Without soldiers like your loved one, my husband's unit could not do their job. Thank-you for your sacrifice. Words cannot express the pain in my heart for you all."
Christie Nestor of LaGrange, GA

"He is the Lords special Angel now. He will always be in our memories and hearts. May God Bless the family of this brave young soldier..."
The Taylors, USMC of NC

"When I saw the picture of your son, I felt compelled to write. God blessed you with a beautiful young man. I cannot imagine what you're going through, but I pray that your pain lasts a second, and your memories of him a lifetime. Please take care and know that you're in my prayers."
Joy Baity of New Hartford, NY

"Thank you for allowing your hero to protect our freedoms!"
Holly of VA

"Your son is a hero in every meaning of the word for his country. I grieve for you and you family in his loss, but it has not been in vain. He will always be remembered by true US citizens."
Robert L. Howton of Portland, Oregon

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on