Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Justin W. Johnson

22, of Rome, Georgia.
Johnson died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his patrol vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on April 10, 2004.

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"Hey Justin. I really wish you were here right now. This week has sucked. Lee had a heart attack and got put in icu. He is out now but I'm still worried about him. Things with my dad aren't that great right now. He doesn't want to be apart of mine and Justine's life and it's really confusing. It hurts more than anything. I have lost so many people in my life. I wish you could be here to tell me that everything is going to be okay. I love you JJ"
Jordan (his niece) of Lyerly,Ga

"Hey Justin. I'm really missing you right now. I wish you were here. I've had a terrible week. I wish you could be here to tell me that everything is going to be okay. I miss you like crazy. It's so hard without you. I miss you JJ. I love you."
Jordan (Your little freak) of Lyerly, Ga

"Hey Justin. Well New Years was a few days ago. I can't believe it is already 2017. You would be 36 this year. In April it will be 13 years since you were taken from us. I can't believe it has been so long. I miss you so much Justin. I love you JJ."
Jordan (Your little freak) of Lyerly, Ga

"Hey Justin. Tomorrow is Christmas. Momma, Justine, Grappa, and I are all heading to Florida tomorrow so we can spend Christmas with Josh and Melissa. Granny and Da are already down there. I really wish you could be here to spend Christmas with us. I wish you could see the smiles on all of our faces when we open our gifts. I would give every present back if I could just spend one Christmas with you. I hope you have a great Christmas JJ. I know you are spending it with our family up in heaven like Gramma, Papaw, Mamaw, and every one else. We all miss you so much Justin. Merry Christmas JJ!"
Jordan Gladney (his niece) of Lyerly, Ga

"Hey JJ. We have 16 days until Christmas. This year we aren't having a Johnson family Christmas dinner on Christmas. We are doing it the weekend before. I don't know how I feel about it yet. We have always been together for Christmas but things are changing. I just wish things were the same. I miss our family. It's like now that you and Gramma are gone, we aren't even family anymore. Justin I wish you could be home for Christmas. I just want to spend one Christmas with you. I don't remember what Christmas was like with you but I know it had to be pretty fun. I wish you were here JJ. I love and miss you very much. Tell Gramma I said hey!"
Your little freak (Jordan) of Lyerly, Ga

"Hey JJ. Well I got to see Spencer and Chris the other day. It was great to be able to see them. Josh was down for Thanksgiving and we had a little party and Mom invited them. I didn't know that they were even coming so I was a little surprised to see them. I hadn't seen Spencer in a little over a year and I hadn't seen Chris in forever. It had been years since I had seen Chris. He has a little boy with the name Justin. I was so happy to see them. I just wish you could have been there JJ. I really miss you. Well everyone misses you. Well I love you JJ."
Jordan (Your little freak) of Lyerly, Ga

"Happy Thanksgiving JJ! I hope you and Gramma have a great day up in heaven. We miss both of y'all very much. I wish y'all were here with us for spend thanksgiving with us. I love y'all!"
Jordan Gladney

"Hey JJ. I've have been thinking about you a lot lately. Today has been 12 years and 6 months since we lost you. There's not a day that goes by that we don't miss you. Things have gotten a lot easier. I can actually talk about you without getting upset. We all miss and love you!"
Jordan (Your little freak) of Lyerly, Ga

"Hey Justin. I started welding on Friday. I know it seems kinda weird that I would be interested in welding, but I really enjoy it. I wish you were here so I could tell you all about it. We stopped by Gramma's grave yesterday. We finally got her a headstone. It is so beautiful. Gramma defiantly deserved it. I miss y'all both so much. I hope y'all are having a great time up there in heaven. I love you."
Jordan Gladney (his niece) of Lyerly, Ga

"Hey Justin. Tomorrow is 9/11. Tomorrow will be 15 years since them stupid terrorists attacked us. 9/11 changed a lot of people's lives including ours. If 9/11 wouldn't have happened then you would have never went to Iraq. I really miss JJ, more than anything. Oh, I had my first USMA(United States Military Academy aka West Point) meeting this past Thursday. Granny and Da took me to it. It went really well. It was a lot to take it and to consider honestly. I kind of scared me honestly. I just want to make the right decision. I'm just afraid if I do it, then I will be making a mistake, but if I don't do it then I will think back and wish I would have done it. I don't know, I guess I just really need to think about what I want to do with my future. Well JJ, I love and miss you."
Jordan Gladney of Lyerly,Ga

"Hey Justin. I've have been thinking about you a lot today. Yesterday I found some letters you wrote to Shannon. It makes me miss you SO much. I also found one of your old notebooks. You were telling some guy named Chris how you and Shannon were in love and how y'all were getting married when you got back. Sometimes I wonder what life would be like if you would have made it home alive. Would you have kids? Would you and Shannon be married? Would I still be your little freak? I would give anything for you to have come home. While I was looking through the folder with the letters and stuff in it, I found an essay that Laz wrote about the night you were killed. He said that when he pulled you out your baby blue eyes were still open and your mouth was slightly open. He also said that he felt your face and he thought about needing to shave your face before they sent you home to Granny. Sometimes I wonder why it had to be you. Why did God need you? Since your death we have met so many people, but I don't know if it was worth losing you. Everyone misses you so much JJ. I wish I could remember you. I just wish we could have had a little longer together. Well JJ I miss and love you."
Your little freak (Jordan) of Lyerly, Ga

"Hey JJ. Well I turned 15 today. I got my learners also. Granny, Da, and Grappa are all on the way to Montana for Raymond's funeral. Guess what? Da and Granny gave me one of your guns. Granny told me how you almost shot her that one time lol. I am so glad they gave it to me. I promise to take care of it and be careful with it. Josh actually came to Ga for my birthday. Everybody was here except you. I miss you so much JJ. Love you."
Jordan Gladney (his niece) of Lyerly, Ga

"Hey Justin. It's been a while since the last time I have written anything. I start the 1oth grade in 3 days. Time is flying by. I wish the time would just slow down. I really wish you could be here to see me grow up. I really miss you. I will be 15 in 22 days, and before soon I will be driving. I wish you could be here to teach me how to drive on the road. I really miss you JJ. Well I love you."
Jordan Gladney (his niece) of Lyerly, Ga

"Hey JJ! Well Granny's birthday is in 2 days. It's another one of her birthdays that you have missed. We are going to Florida for the fourth of July. I wish you could be here to go with us. I really miss you. We all miss you. I love you!"
Jordan Gladney (his niece) of Lyerly, Ga

"Hey JJ. Well today you would have been 35. I hope you have a fantastic birthday in heaven. We miss you so much. I love you."
Jordan Gladney (his niece) of Lyerly, Ga

"Hey Justin. Well tomorrow is Father's Day. I have always wondered if you would have kids if you would had made it home. I really wish you would have made it home. We miss you a lot. Your birthday is in a week. You would be turning 35. I wish you were to celebrate it with us. I miss and love you JJ."
Jordan Gladney (his niece) of Lyerly, Ga

"Hey JJ. I'm really missing you today. I stopped by your grave earlier. I've had a sucky day. I really wish you were here to tell me everything was going to be okay. I miss and love you."
Jordan Gladney (his niece) of Lyerly, Ga

"Well JJ I'm officially a sophomore. I can't believe that I am already in 10th grade. My freshman year flew by. I really wish you could be here to watch me grow up. I will be 15 in August. I really miss you Justin. I love you!"
Jordan Gladney of Lyerly, Ga

"Thinking about you today as another year with you in heaven waiting us nears. Still wearing my wrist band and making sure everyone knows of your sacrifice. Missing you."
Tom Pritchard, Vietnam Vet of Franklin, IN

"Hey Justin! Yesterday was Easter. Once again you missed it. I wish you could still be here with us. I miss you more than anything. I hope you and Gramma are having a great time in heaven. We miss and love y'all!"
Jordan Gladney of Lyerly, Ga

"Hey J.J. In less than a month it'll be 12 years. I can't believe it's been so long. I miss you so much. I wish you could still be here. Grappa now lives with Granny & Da and there is a possibility that I'm getting your truck. I hope I do because it would really mean everything to me. Mom's birthday is like a week away and once again you are missing it. I wish you were here Justin. I miss you more than anything. I love JJ."
Your little freak (Jordan) of Lyerly, Ga

"Hey Justin. Well Grappa got put in the hospital so we have your truck. I always thought it would be amazing to be able to have your truck back but now that we have it, I'm not so sure I am. I guess having your truck back really states the fact that even though your truck is here you're not. I just wish that when your truck is parked in the yard means that you are just in the house waiting on me. I wonder what you'd be like today. Would you have kids? What would you look like? What would you do for a living? Would you still be in the Army? I miss you more than anything. I wish it wasn't so hard having the truck. The truck just brings back you and it makes it so much harder. I miss you Justin and I love you. I hope one day we'll be together again. Rest In Peace JJ."
Jordan Gladney (his niece) of Lyerly, Ga

"Hey J.J! I really wish you was alive. There is so many things I want to tell you. We had Grandpa's birthday party today. Most of the family was there so it was nice to be with them. I have been so happy the past couple of days but I don't know why. I really wish you were here so I could tell you these types of things. I miss you so much Justin!"
Jordan Gladney of Lyerly, Ga

"Hey Justin. Well in 3 months it will be 12 years that you have been gone. It hurts so bad Justin. I miss you more than anything. I wish I could remember you. I really wish you could have lived longer just so we could have had a longer time together. I wish you would have never went to Iraq. I know that's what you wanted to do but I wish I could have had more time with you. I love you JJ."
Jordan Gladney of Lyerly, Ga

"Merry Christmas Justin! I hope you, grandma, and the rest of the family in heaven had a great Christmas. My Christmas wasn't bad but it would have been a lot better if you would've been there. I wonder what Christmas would be like with you. I miss you each and everyday! I love you JJ!"
Jordan (his niece) of Lyerly, Ga

"Hey JJ. I had finals yesterday and I made a 100 on my AP Government and Politics test. I was so happy. I was reading some of American Mourning last night. In one part it says that I gave "Gannie" a valentine that I had made for you and I told her to give it to you when she saw you again. In another part it says I gave Da a pair of screwdrivers and I said that y'all could use them together when you came back. I wish you could've received that Valentine or been able to work with Da again. Granny and I was talking last night about you. I asked her if you would have chosen Justine over me. She said well you was his freak. I've always wondered if me and you would still be close if you was alive. We are having the johnsons Christmas this Saturday. This will be the 4th Christmas without Grandma and the 12th Christmas without you . I wish I could remember our memories together. I also asked Granny if you had kids if you would have chosen them over me. I have so many questions about you but I'm afraid to ask Granny because I don't want to make her upset. Like did the IED kill you instantly or did it take a minute to kill you. Did you suffer? Who and want did you think about when y'all hit the bomb? Or did you say anything when you hit it? I know granny can't answer them 2 questions but I've always thought about it. I wish you would have came home. Why did God choose you? I know everyone says that it was your time but why did God need you so bad? Why couldn't he have given me more time with you. I miss you so bad Justin. I'll always be your little freak. I love you JJ."
Jordan Gladney of Lyerly

"Hey JJ. Christmas is in less that 2 weeks. I've always wondered what Christmas would be like with you. I have finals this week and I'm really nervous. I can't believe I'm in high school already. I wonder what you would be doing if you were alive. I've always wondered if you would have gotten married or had kids. I wonder what they would look like. I hope you have a merry Christmas. I miss and love you."
Jordan Gladney of Lyerly

"Hey JJ. So I was listening to a song earlier called Two Soldiers Coming Home and the song relates so much to us. It says," when the plane landed we watched one solider leave but the second soldier we never got to see. Army band was playing by a long black limousine." John came home alive but you didn't. John was hurt when he came home but he came home alive. Sometimes I wonder why God wanted to take you. Why did he choose you? I miss you so much JJ. I love you."
Jordan (his niece)

"Hey J.J. I miss you like crazy. High school is getting harder. I have so much homework I have been having to do. I never have any free time. Christmas is almost here and it's another Christmas without you. We are going to Florida for Christmas. All most all of the Johnson's are going away for Christmas. I feel like our family is falling apart. I feel like no one even cares if we are all together any more. I hope you, Grandma, Mamaw, and Papaw have a good Christmas up in heaven. I've always wondered what Christmas would b like with you. I wish I could actually remember you personally. I only have the stories about you and me.I wish I would have been older so I could actually remember you. I love you Justin!"
Your Little Freak (Jordan Gladney) of Lyerly, Ga

"Hey JJ. Today was Thanksgiving and it was another year without you and grandma. Ever since grandma died our family has basically fell apart. We are not as close as we use to be. Nobody really cares if we all our together on the holidays. I hope you had a good Thanksgiving in heaven! I love you! Rest In Peace Dear Solider."
Jordan (your little freak) of Lyerly, Ga

"Hey J.J. I haven't posted on here in a while. I've been thinking about you a lot today. High school has been great! It would better if I could come home and tell you face to face. Sometimes I wonder what your voice sounded like, or what your laugh sounds like. I don't remember anything really. I remember what you look like because of the pictures but that's it. All I really have of you is the memories that everyone has shared with me. Sometimes I wish I could have just been a little older so I could actually remember everything we done together. Even if I don't remember much about you, I will always remember your sacrifice and your courage. You will always be my hero Justin. I love you J.J. Rest In Peace Dear Soldier."
Jordan Gladney of Lyerly, Ga

"Hey J.J! High school has been good so far. I really enjoy it. I found out that Spencer is back in town. It makes me really happy! I really hope I get to see him soon. I feel like I haven't seen him in forever. I'm glad that your friends still come around. Also I turned 14 two days ago. I wish you could have been here to tell me Happy Birthday. Well Justin I miss you everyday and love you."
Jordan Glandey (his neice) of Lyerly, Ga.

"Hey J.J!! I started high school last week! I love it!! I was so scared at first but now I love it!! I wish I had you here though so I could tell you all about how my day went. I miss you like crazy!! You will always be my hero Justin!! I love you!"
Your little freak (Jordan Gladney) of Lyerly, Ga

"Hey JJ. So we are at Josh's for the Fourth of July. Tomorrow is granny's birthday and you will be missing that once again. I've wondered what you would be doing for the fourth if you were alive. I've always wondered what you would be like. Hopefully I will find out one day when we meet in Heaven. I love you!! You will always be my hero!"
Your little freak (Jordan) of Lyerly, Ga

"So today was your birthday. I can't believe that you were suppose to be 34. This is the 12th birthday that you have missed. Well love you!!"
Jordan Gladney

"Well today is Father's Day. I wonder what you would have been like as a father! I've always wondered if you would have little ones running around if things wouldn't have happened. Well I love you JJ."
Jordan Gladney (his niece)

"Hey J.J. It's been forever since I've been on here. So I got to see Shannon on Memorial Day. It was nice to see her. I'm going to be a 9th grader in a month. I really wish you were here Justin! I wish I could have got to grow up with you alive. Well I miss you like crazy! Love you~Your little girl"
Jordan Gladney (his little freak) of Lyerly, Ga

"Hey JJ! So I have 8th grade prom today! Everyone keeps saying that Deddy and Da need to get their guns ready! Lol but I get to see Shannon Memorial Day weekend maybe. I really hope I do get to see her! I miss you so much! I know you're in a better place but I just wish you could be here to tell me how I look in my dress. Well I love you!!"
Your baby girl(Jordan Gladney) of Ga

"Hey J.J! So I'm about to graduate from 8th grade.
I will be a high schooler next year. I can't believe it has been so long since we last seen you. We all miss you like crazy! Granny had her other shoulder surgery today so watch over her Justin! Anyways love you always"
Your little freak

"Hey Justin! So 2 days ago was the 11th year that you have been gone. We had the motorcycle ride yesterday and of course I started crying right when I got up there to read but I got through it. I just can't believe how long it has been! I can't believe that I am now 13! I was only 2 when you were killed so it has been awhile. Well anyways your little freak..."
Jordan Gladney of Lyerly,Ga

"11 years today you were taken from us in Iraq. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you, wondering what you would be like as a older man. Love you, Mom"
Mom of Lyerly, Ga.

"Hey JJ! In 2 days it will be 11 years! I can't believe that it has been so long! I hope you're having fun up in heaven anyways love you and miss you every second of every day"
Jordan Gladney(his neice) of Lyerly Ga

"Hey JJ! So I'm getting baptized this Sunday. You would be so proud of me. I wish you could be there and watch it happen. I know that you would be there for me on this very special day. So 11 years is in only 15 days. I can't believe it's been so long. Umm.. So I talked to one of your friends, Joey Cantu, and he told me that you were always there for him! He even told me that a guy hit him in the back of the head and you were out of the car in a jiffy to punch the guy back. I also was told by him that the last time he saw you was when y'all were pulling out of the base and he yelled your name and you turned around yelled back at him. He told me that you were the first person he actually cared for and lost. I am really happy that I was able to contact them! Anyways miss you everyday and love you. Oh and I hope on Sunday you're looking down and thinking about how proud you are."
Jordan Gladney (His Neice) of Lyerly,Ga

"Hey JJ! So it's two days until Momma and Josh's birthday. It's the 10th one that you've missed. It will be 11 years soon! I hate thinking that it's been that long. Well I am writing an essay for your motorcycle ride and I have asked a couple of your guys how you were as a solider and for some stories. Most of them answered me back and told me the same thing! I have been told that you were an outstanding, dedicated solider. They told me that you were born to be a solider. I was even told that you got stuck in a little toy car and you couldn't get out and that you were stuck for about 30 minutes lol! I got a good laugh out of that! Anyways I was even told one time you dropped an ammo can on your foot and it broke it but you still finished the training exercise! It's nice to know all these things but it would be better if you were the one who actually told me them! I was even told that all you talked while y'all were in the field training was the family and me and I was even told that we were your world especially me but I love you JJ!"
Jordan Gladney (his neice) l of Lyerly, Ga

"Hey JJ, Well in one month it will be 11 years since you've been gone. I have been working on my essay for your ride. I miss you! Oh, and you would be really proud of me because I'm getting baptized. I'm really happy! I wish that you could be here to watch me. Well I love you and miss you!"
Jordan Gladney (His Neice) of Lyerly,Ga

"Hey JJ!! In 3 months and 5 days it will be 11 years that you've been gone. I can't believe its been that long. I really miss you! I hope you're having fun up there in heaven. I love you!!"
Jordan Gladney (His Neice) of Lyerly,Ga

"Hey JJ. So I had to write a report for a program called Young Georgia Authors and mine is in the top 5 for 8th grade and I told granny and she asked me if I would read it at the ride this year. I wrote about you and John. I want to read it to them but I don't know if I can. It was really hard for me to write that story but I knew I had to do it. I honestly don't know if I could read it without breaking down in tears. I know that I didn't know you really well because I was little but I feel like I did. I miss you Justin! I love you."
Jordan Gladney (his niece) of Lyerly,Ga

"Hey JJ! I miss you so much! Today has been a really bad day! I wish you were here, that way I could tell you about my day and how school went. I love you!!"
Jordan Gladney(his niece) of Lyerly ga

"Hey Justin, I can't believe in 3 months it will be 11 years since you were alive. We all miss you so much. I had someone ask me the other day if I had ever thought about you being alive and not being killed and I told them yes that I think about it all the time. I will never forget about Justin! You are my hero JJ! I love you so much."
Jordan Gladney (his neice) of Lyerly,Ga

"Hey Justin! I'm really missing you! I'm reading American Mourning. It's really hard to read it without crying. You will always be in my heart J.J. ! I love you with all my heart!"
Jordan Gladney (his neice) of Lyerly, Ga

"Hey JJ! Granny and Da are still traveling. Please keep them safe. I miss you! I've been thinking of you all day! I love you Justin! ~Jordan"
Jordan Gladney(his neice)

"Hey Justin! I miss you like crazy! Today was 9/11. Everybody thought another attack might happen, but nothing did happen thank the lord. A couple days ago was Da's retirement party. I wish you could have been there to party! Lol! I talked to John the other day! I'm so happy I met him! I hope you had a awesome day today in heaven with Grandma. I hope you and Grandma had fun today since it was her birthday. I love you!!!"
Jordan Gladney (his neice) of Lyerly,Ga/USA

"Hey J.J.,
I'm really missing you right now. Today was my birthday party and I wish you could have been there. The best birthday present would have been for you to have been there. Everybody is mad at me because I am sticking up for my family but whatever. I really miss you and I love you so much! I hope that you know that up in heaven!"
Jordan Gladney (his niece) of Lyerly, Ga/ USA

"Hey JJ! I'm really missing you right now! One of my friends ended our friendship. What am I supposed to do? I wish you were here to tell me what to do. I love you!!!!"
Jordan Gladney(his niece) of Lyerly ga usa

"Hey J.J.! Well I will be 13 in 2 days! I can't believe you won't be here! I miss you like crazy! You will always be in my heart! I love you lots!"
Jordan Gladney (his niece) of Lyerly, Ga/ USA

"Hey Justin. So tomorrow I start the 8th grade. It wont be long before I start high school. Please keep Granny safe tomorrow during her surgery. Well I love you! Miss you"
Jordan Gladney of Lyerly, Ga/ USA

"Hey J.J. Yesterday was your birthday. Another year we didn't get to spend it with you. I hope you had a wonderful 33rd birthday in heaven. Tomorrow Carlee is getting married. You won't get to see her get married. You won't even get to see me get married or graduate from high school. It makes me upset to even think of you not being able to be there but J.j. I love you! I miss you tons."
Jordan Gladney( his niece) of Lyerly,Ga,USA

"Hey. I am really missing you! I'm going to be in the 8th grade this coming up school year. I really wish you were here. I love you and miss you a lot."
Jordan Gladney of Lyerly, Georgia

"Well Justin I let the 10th slip by. The bracelet I wear is almost worn away. I need to get it re-engraved. I don't know where the past ten years have gone. I did not know you personally but have spoken with your mother. You are a hero in my book. I keep you in my heart for your greatest sacrifice. SYOTOS"
Tom Pritchard, VietNam Vet of Franklin, Ind, USA

"Well J.J. It is 10 years. I miss you a lot. I met John the driver of your Humvee. I wish he didn't have to leave. I love and miss you Justin."
Jordan Gladney (his neice) of Lyerly Ga, USA

"Hey JJ... Well in about 2 months it will be 10 years! Granny started reading the book about you today. I hate seeing her cry! I wish you was here! I'm kinda dreading Easter. I don't really like Easter, I guess it's because we found out about you on Easter. I wish I was little again! I could see you! Granny and I went to see you grave the other day... We put new flowers on your grave. Oh also please keep mama safe, the doctors think she had a heart attack. Well miss you! Love you lots!"
Jordan Gladney(his niece) of Lyerly, GA

"Hey... I wonder what life would be like if you were alive. I wonder if you would have had kids and got married. I was just thinking about how life would be, it would be different. I wish you could have came home and had a life you were to young. I have so many questions but nobody can answer except you but you ain't here. I love you so much!"
Jordan Gladney (his niece) of Lyerly,GA

"JJ,
I miss you, I'm in the 7th grade! I love it so much! I'm making better grades tha you lol. I'm making all A's. I have one more week until fall break. I have been wanting to go to your grave. People ask me why I love going to your grave is because that I feel like your right there with me. That you actually understand what I'm saying. Well love you!!!"
Jordan Gladney (His neice) of Lyerly,Ga

"Hey Justin,
Well Da is leaving tomorrow for drug rehab. Please make sure he does great and doesn't have to stay for a long time please make it where he can just blow it off! Is grandma taking care of you? I hope so!!!!! Well I love you so much!"
Jordan Gladney {His Neice} of Lyerly, Ga, USA

"Hey Justin! I hope you're having a wonderful 32nd birthday in heaven! I wonder what you're doing? Well I just wanted to say happy birthday jj! We all miss youuuu and love you so much!"
Jordan Gladney of Lyerly, Ga

"Hey Justin, well today is your 32nd birthday! Wish you could be here to celebrate it! Love youuuu"
Jordan Gladney of Lyerly,Ga

"Justin, why didn't you come home from Iraq? You were gonna marry Shannon and get out of the army, you were going to have a better life. I thought war was just a game that you played when you were a little boy. But I guess not I guess war isn't a game. I guess it's just a bad part of life! Is grandma taking care of you? I hope you are having a great time up there in heaven! I wonder if you know how we feel? Well I guess I will figer out one day well we all will. I guess I will talk to you later. I love you!! Well... Bye"
Jordan Gladney {his niece} of Lyerly,Ga

"Today is the last day of 6th grade! I wish you could be here to see me, but I guess you can't! It would be a lot better if you were here to see me!! Well I love you with all my heart!! Miss you every second of the day!! Love you so much with all my heart!"
Jordan Gladney (his neice) of Lyerly, Georgia

"Hey Justin, well I guess it will be 9 years now that you can't wish granny a Happy Mother's Day. We all miss you and I hope you know that. Well I love you alot and miss you!!!"
Jordan Gladney (his niece) of Lyerly,Ga

"Well Justin, guess I won't be going to Ranger school in your honor. I found out Apr. 26 2013 that I will have to start medical board for my shoulder injury. That last deployment to Kosovo kicked this old mans butt. Guess I should have went to Ranger school a long time ago. Just know Justin that we all miss you very much and proud of you. I bet Grandma is keeping you in line up there. lol."
SSG Joseph Johnson-Dad Ga. National Guard of Lyerly Ga.

"Hey J.J. Well it's 9 years! Can believe its actually been that long. Miss you so much. Love you so much!!!!"
Jordan Glandey {his niece} of Lyerly,Ga

"Well it is 3 am in the morning. Cant sleep. I close my eyes I picture you all messed up. It's like a nightmare. Why is life so hard? We just keep losing everybody we love? You never know when it's going to happen, it just does. You can't do nothing about it. I wish you could, but I guess you can't. Justin just stay safe up there. Please! I don't want to believe your gone. I try to act like your just gone for a little while of every ones life. I wish you were here to watch me grow up. I would always be your little girl. Youre my hero and so is Da and Joshua! Love you J.J. !"
Jordan Gladney {His Neice} of Lyerly, Ga, USA

"Well... It's just another day passing by without you! It sucks, why can't you be here with us. Some days I think that I wont make it without you. I know that life would be different with you here, but I would like it better if you were. Well, One more month and it will be 9 years. Sometimes I wish we could go back, so I could make you stop and not go over there. Justin I wish you would have never went over there. Love you J.J. with all my heart."
Jordan Gladney {His neice} of Lyerly,Ga

"Hey JJ! I just wanted to say I miss you like crazy! I am having a rough day. Some days at school when I am having a bad day, I just want to cry becasue I know I can't talk to you about how my day was. It is really hard to be without you! I miss you! Love you JJ!"
Jordan Gladney (His neice) of Lyerly-Ga

"Hey JJ! I just wanted to say I miss you like crazy! I am having a rough day. Some days at school when I am having a bad day, I just want to cry becasue I know I can't talk to you about how my day was. It is really hard to be without you! I miss you! Love you JJ!"
Jordan Gladney (His neice) of Lyerly-Ga

"Hey Justin! I miss you like crazy! Everyday day when I wake up, I know that it is one more day since I have seen you. It's hard to be without you. I love you!!!!!!!!!!! I wish you where here. I love you alot JJ!"
Jordan Gladney {His niece} of Lyerly, Ga , USA

"Another year has pasted and your not forgotten. Your wristband is getting a little scratched up and a little harder to read but all who see it know who you were and what you gave. Your always in my thoughts."
Tom Pritchard, Veitnam Veteran of Franklin,Indiana USA

"8 years ago today we lost you....it still hurts like hell. I miss you more and more every day. Love you Jus...."
Mom of Lyerly, Ga

"Justin,
I miss very much because you are my uncle. I wish you were right at home. I was looking aford to seeing you when I was 2 and now I am 9 in August I will be 10. I am still your little freak I pormise. I was looking aroung in grannys computer room today and I fould a notebook I saw it was yours so I looked in it. I saw where you had said at the bottom P.S. tell logan that when i get back home I will play the play station with him and how is my liitle freak. I asked granny who is Justins liitle freak. She told me it was me. Miss you justin!!!!!!!!!"
Justin's lttle freak jordan gladney {his neice } of Lyerly Ga

"Justin,
I miss very much because you are my uncle. I wish you were right at home. I was looking aford to seeing you when I was 2 and now I am 9n in August I will be 9. I am still your little freak I pormise. I was looking aroung in grannys computer room today and I fould a notebook I saw it was yours so I looked in it. I saw where you had said at the bottom P.S. tell logan that when i get back home I will play the play station with him and how is my liitle freak. I asked granny who is Justins liitle freak. She told me it was me. Miss you justin!!!!!!!!!"
Justin's lttle freak jordan gladney {his neice } of Lyerly Ga

"Jan, I wanted to send a note to let you know that I am thinking of you and your husband and family on this day. I miss seeing you at the post office. I just wanted to let you know I have the highest respect for Justin and his brave service to this country. I am reminded each time I pass thru the connector and see his name. Forever a brave hero."
Ellie Mott of Lyerly, Ga

"I didn't forget you yesterday Justin. I wasn't able to get to a computer. 7 years, where has time gone. As always your with me everyday. God Bless to your family here on earth. Keep your watchful eye on them. God Bless America. Tom Pritchard, VietNam Vet 67'-68'"
Tom Pritchard of Franklin,Indiana,USA

"It's hard to believe that we lost you 7 years ago today. Not a day goes by that I don't miss you. I love you little man.."
Mom of Lyerly, Ga.

"My hero who brought me home to his brother. We sat and we waited. And we waited and waited. And still no word. Until years later. Much too long. The love of my life. I will always love you Justin Johnson. Love Sheri and Josh"
Sheri of USA

"To the family of:Justin W. Johnson
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" 1-2-11"

"Justin, your father loves you very much. He is about to memorialize you in a way that most fathers his age couldn't fathom. He is about to motivate Rangers, soldiers, and men and women, young and old all over the USA by going to Ranger School in your memory; for you because that opportunity was taken from you by one lucky bastard insurgent. I think your dad has what it takes. I know he has an unfair advantage over the other Ranger wannabes out there. He has you in his heart and that is a HUGE advantage! I take pride in helping to drive that effort and wish your father all the luck and all the success. SPC Joe Johnson can and will succeed in your memory. He will become the Ranger you wanted to be and will probably be the oldest man to ever do it. When he succeeds, nobody else will be able to say "I can't."

Rangers Lead the Way!"
CPT Christian Stevens, IN (2nd Place, Best Ranger Competition 2001) of Canton, Georgia

"Well son, looks like your Dad is going to get the chance to continue on living out you guys dreams...possible Airborne school, for sure Ranger School..who knows, Special Forces might be next. Keep an eye on him please and give him the strength that he will need. I love you and miss you..."
Mom of Lyerly, Ga

"Well another year has passed but Justin is not fogotten. I really don't know where this year has gone. I look at my braclet with Justins' name inscribed everyday. Its starting to get a bit worn, but his memory is burning in my heart. Lets remember him always."
Tom Pritchard, Vietnam Veteran 67'-68' of Franklin, Indiana, USA

"6 years ago today you left us...we miss you so very much. Today we honor you with the 2nd Annual Justin Johnson Memorial Bike Ride for the Fallen. We love you...Mom"
Jan Johnson of Lyerly

"Once again it is Christmas time...your favorite time of the year. I miss you so very much little man. It is just not the same without you here to help put up the tree and make cookies. I love you...Mom"
Jan Johnson of Lyerly, Ga.

"To Justin, Jan, Joe Johnson, and the COLT PLT OIF 2,
All, it is now over 5 years ago since Justin was killed but I still remember that day like it was yesterday. Justin was my Radio Operator and driver for my COLT team at Ft. Hood. I am now in my 12th year of service and I have yet to run across another Soldier with the same great attitude as Johnson. Justin was one of those Soldiers that you really never had to worry about. He always had a great attitude; motivated for any task, always had things done before you told him to do it and most importantly NEVER complained. We shared allot of laughs on many nights spent on observation posts (OP) at Ft. Hood and the National Training Center (NTC). I have told Jan this story but it bears repeating. One night in the summer of 2002, during one of the training events prior to NTC, we received hot chow that was brought out to our OP. Much to our surprise it was fried chicken and for two guys from the South it was if the heavens had opened and we received the blessing in the form of fried "yard-bird". So after everyone had taken their fill, there was still a mermite container left full of chicken. Johnson and I ate chicken until we couldn't see straight. In fact when our Platoon Sergeant came by to check on us he didnít say anything about our perfectly camouflaged site or the fact that we had been up for 24 hours he just wanted to know why we had a bucket full of chicken carcasses surrounding our position. I am now an Infantry Rifle Company Commander and we are heading to Iraq in October. I hope this will be my last tour in Iraq. However, I will never forget that it was heroes like SPC Justin Johnson who so bravely laid down his life for his fellow Soldiers that have brought this fight to a near end. It may not seem like a fair trade now and I it never will but his sacrifice means more than people realize. In just 6 years Iraq has moved from a tyrannical dictator to a government where the common man has a choice in how he is represented. The Iraqi Army is now starting to conduct full scale independent operations against the insurgency. If all continues on this path I will end my tour in Iraq on Aug 2010 because the democratically elected officials say that is when they want combat forces out of Iraq. However, the day we head south to Kuwait for good they won't even remember guys like Justin Johnson but I will and so will everyone that served with him, especially the COLT PLT. Justin committed his life to serve his country and his fellow Soldiers and he did unashamedly, full knowing what could happen. I could tell, with the emails that he sent me from Kuwait, that the burdens of what he faced were overwhelming. He was worried and rightfully so, but none the less he charged forward and met his fate like he did every task in life. Full on, no complaining, and committed to do his absolute best. I don't get too excited about sports stars or Hollywood types. I have served with heroes and their life's sacrifice has changed history. Justin Johnson is that hero and I will never forget him! God Bless you Brother, I look forward to catching up with you one day. You are one of a kind. You were and have always been an encouragement to me, thank you for your example Rest In Peace Brother I will see you again! 2 Timothy 1:7

Matt McDonald
CPT, IN
Bayonet Company, 2-69 AR (CAB), 3d BDE, 3d ID"
Matt McDonald of Ft. Benning, GA

"Laz....I hope you read this message. I've been trying to get in touch with you. JJ's Dad was wanting to talk to you and tell you thanks. Because of your coordinates, he was able to visit JJ's spot the day he left Iraq the last time. If you read this, please, contact us. Email is patchworksmin@aol.com Thanks for the memories and a laugh...I needed it."
Jan- JJ's Mom of Lyerly, Ga.

"March 2004 and it was hot (you wouldn't think so, but it was). Our tent was packed with members of our 20 plus soldier platoon. Cots were side by side, so close they were all touching. A sea of desert camouflage uniforms sprinkled with the occasional OD green articles of clothing; socks, camelbacks, OTV's and the like. We were lucky to have an air conditioning unit attached to our tent by a 10 inch diameter flex hose. Too bad it didnít work! Days before we left but no one knew just how many. Damn it's so hot, wish we could just get this party started already. Finally the day came; "Pack it up were leaving first thing in the morning, O' Dark Stupid" Finally- time to exit stage left this smoldering sauna we called sleeping quarters. Then as the duffel bags and rucksacks began making their way out of the tent I heard a commotion of voices coming from inside the tent. I entered with a "what the hell" expression on my face Iím sure, cuz someone turned to me and said "JJ had his cot up against the wall over there and packed the AC vent hole with all his stuff this whole time" I glanced at JJ and didnít have to say anything, he smirked with that smile only JJ could produce and said rather quietly "I didn't know what that hole was for" quite embarrassed and upset he was the probable cause of our rather warm Kuwait experience. Over now and our minds focused north, all any one of us could do was laugh. Boy it was funny, and you know, exactly what we all needed to calm our nerves, and clear our heads. As the senior Squad Leader of the Platoon, this job was really my responsibility, and boy did I ever try, I tried everything I could think of with very little success. JJ was able to do what no one else could. Thank you Johnson for that memory it still warms my heart and makes me smile every time I think of it. May you rest now my Soldier, a little R&R till we come to join you. You are always on my mind and in my heart. I share your story with all I can, such an inspiration. I love you My Brother, My Hero, My Soldier. SSG Lazzari"
Edward Lazzari of Deering, NH USA

"Another year has gone by. Where does the time go. Its 5 years now since Justin left us for a better place. I still wear the braclet with his name ingraved and remember him everyday and the sacrifice he gave. God Bless you Justin and God Bless your family and God Bless America."
Tom Pritchard, Viet Nam Veteran 1967-68 of Franklin,Indiana

"We are 10 days away from Justin's 5th anniversary. The family along with the Patriot Guard Riders are having a motorcycle ride in his memory. It's being called the 1st Annual SPC. Justin Johnson Memorial Bike Ride For The Fallen. We will be starting in Adairsville, Ga. right off I-75 and traveling as a group with police escort for a 75 mile ride, ending at Justin's grave. We will then hold a small memorial for him. Anyone and everyone is welcome to participate, whether you ride a motorcycle or drive a car...you are welcome. The ride will start at 10:00 am on Apr. 11. Please join us to celebrate what Justin and so many of our other young men and women stood for...freedom for everyone."
Jan, Justin's Mom of Lyerly, Ga.

"March 29, 2009
To the family of Spc. Justin W. Johnson:
Justin 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 got the privalige to know this family personaly. They will always be in my heart and prayers. Too bad more people are not like them. I love them all dearly and am proud to have them as friends"
Tony Terry of Fulton, Ms. USA

"Jan and Joe..I just now stumbled up on this Memorial. The comments left here have rendered me speechless. Even though I never got a chance to meet Justin, he will forever be remembered by myself and my family as a true American Hero. He, nor his sacrifice, will ever be forgotten. Your entire family has been a continued inspiration for me. Thank you all for everything you do to honor all of Americas Heroes for their service and sacrifice."
Michael Blackstock of Lindale, Georgia USA

"Mr. and Mrs. Johnson,

I was Justins room mate in Fort Hood, Tx. and he was a close friend of mine. Theres not a day goes by that he doesn't cross my mind. I had the pleasure to watch him grow in the military and as a person. He and I had great times together, from our boring lives in the barracks, to our road trip home on leave where I wrecked my car, to the many field operations in good'ol Fort Hood. He is a great person and will forever remain my friend. I hope you guys are doing well and if there is anything I can do, or if you want to just chat. You can contact me at craighicks81@hotmail.com. Take care and know your son is a great hero."
Craig Hicks of Jacksonville, FL

"Joe & Jan,
I was honored to have lunch with you both today at our meeting at the Rome Rotary Memorial Wall. It is hard to come up with the words to express my appreciation for your family's sacrifice on my behalf. I won't ever forget the name of Justin Johnson. Thank you all for that you do."
Bruce Hunter of Rome, GA USA

"Welcome Home Mr. Pritchard...thank you for your service...The Johnsons"
JJ's Mom of Lyerly Ga

"Today marks the 4th anniversery of the loss of Justin. Every day I am reminded of Justin. I wear his name engraved on a bracelet as a rememberance of his sacrifice for our country and all of use here. To his family again I say I am proud of Justin and what he stood for. My prays are with you today and always. I am from another time and another war which was not so well liked so no matter what you think of this war nerver,never look down on the men and women serving who are doing there job. god bless you Justin."
Tom Pritchard, Disabled Viet Nam Veteran 1967-68 of Franklin, Indiana,USA

"Tomorrow will make 4 years since he left us. To all who have left behind messages for us, thank you very much. To his buddies who have left messages, it means the world to us. We worry about you guys, how you are doing, what you are doing and how you are coping. Please, know that we are here for you when and if you need us. Some of you have made contact and are in our lives. It really means alot and I know he is up there smiling down on us right now. Please, get in touch with us. patchworksmin@aol.com"
Jan, JJ's Mom of Lyerly, Ga.

"Hey Jan and family, this is Seth. I served with Justin at Fort Hood and was in Iraq when he was killed. I have had a really hard time coming to terms with his death. I just put it to the side and tried to forget about it. But there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of him or all of you. I wonder where he would be today. Would he be married? Would there be little JJ's running around. He was a great friend, a good man, and the best soldier. Know that I am thinking of him and missing him everyday."
Seth Porter of Traverse City, MI

"Justin, as we celebrate Josh's homecoming from Afghanistan, we are made to remember your Dad is about to leave to go back over to Iraq. Please, keep him safe from harm once more. Son, I miss you everyday of the week but this time of year it is really hard since it was your favorite time of the year. I wish you were here to help me with the tree and to see the little girls faces light up when the tree lights come on. Justine looks so much like you did at that age. I love you...Mom"
Jan Johnson of Lyerly, Ga.

"We owe our freedom to Justin and many others, I'm reminded each time I pass through the memorial intersection. I didn't know Justin but I once worked with Josh @ Unilever and feel sorrow for yours and our countries loss of a brave man. GOD BLESS"
Eric Lane of Cartersville,ga

"Justin,
Although I grew up in Rome I never heard your name until we heard of your sacrifice. I am forever greatful to you and your family for all that you have done for our country. My daughter is now five years old and we have begun to tell her that there are bad people in the world, but she knows that you and your family are part of the best people in this world. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping to make sure that my little girl will be able to continue to live in a safe world. You truly are a hero that deserves to be remembered. May God remind your family on a daily basis that they are blessed to have had you in it. You will not be forgotten."
Stacie Barnes of Armuchee, Ga

"Dear Justin W Johnson being in nashville tennesse.in the usa you are always in my prayers may god bless your soul."
Tirdad of Gharib

"Jan & Joe: Y'all are in our prayers always, but especially at this difficult time of year. Luv y'all!"
Kat Orr of Loganville GA

"3 years today baby and I still miss you like crazy...love, Mom"
Jan Johnson of Lyerly, Ga.

"Dear Johnson Family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for ALL you have done for us and our country. You remain forever in our hearts."
Bela of CT

"In life we can only take so many precautions. We pull security, take cover and keep a lookout. Yet no matter how much we train we cant dodge bullets or defend against explosions that take out vehicles. We dont have body armor against suicide attacks. I never knew Justin, yet I work with his brother Josh..so I knew he was a hero who died trying to protect his country and family. I wish Justin's dad could have fought alongside his son so they could look out for each other. perhaps God could only save one of them, but my prayers go out to him and his family. in the past years, Josh always invited everyone from work over to his apartment and now a house for a party. I feel it helps keep social bonds and make work not feel so lonely. Im sure Justin is watching over him from above so he will continue to do great things. I didnt mind helping Josh out when things got tight because I knew he would do the same for me or anyone else who needed it. So here's to both of us returning safely and back to the families that love us."
Jed Cauffield of Akron, OH

"I have worn a braclet with Justins name and unit and dod for the past 2 years. It is much like the MIA braclets that were worn during the Vietnam war. As we near the aniversery of Justins death let us remember the sacrifices that Justin and his fellow soldiers have made and are making for our freedom. Also let us remember his familty and friends who miss him and honor him everyday."
Tom Pritchard of Franklin, Indiana

"I know that this time of year is very hard. I want to let you know that your family is always in my prayers. Being in the military myself, I hate to hear that one of our own is gone. Justin was a brave man!"
SSgt Brandi Buchanan, USAF of Orginally from Trion, GA Stationed at Fairchild AFB, WA

"Jus, here it is almost Christmas Eve..your favorite time of the year. I only wish you were still here to celebrate it with us, we miss you so very, very much. It seems like it is so much harder this year than before. Maybe it's because some of your buddies are back over there, I don't know, but it is. I love you and miss you...Mom"
Jan Johnson of Lyerly, Ga.

"Dearest Johnson Family - I just heard you on The Laura Inghram Show, Googled Justin, and eventually found this page.
I want to thank you for giving your son, and your own service, to our country. I am so thankful to our God that He put it into your hearts to lay down your lives for your country. God Bless You!
Our son, Nathaniel, is in Iraq now and I know that the way has been paved by Justin, and his fellow troops, for the work that is currently being done. Again, THANK YOU! I will be praying for your family this Thanksgiving Day, that your hearts will be blessed by the knowledge that Justin is a true American Hero, and by the peace you find in our God!

ďThe name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe.Ē Proverbs 18:10"
Heidi Glauninger of Valencia, CA USA

"Hey Jus, since Dad and I just returned from Iraq Friday, it seems like you are closer than ever. Granted, we were not where you were killed but at least I made it to the country in which you gave your life. The Iraqi mothers I talked to said you belonged to them now because you left your blood in their country's soil. A door has now closed so maybe healing will truly begin now. I miss you so very much everyday of my life but I know you are with God and are now safe, without sorry or worry. Thank you for the time you gave me. I love you, Mom"
Jan Johnson of Lyerly, GA.

"good evenning to the justin familly, veterans day was today and i was praying for justin, and all our us troops our heros, to the johnson familly,i am working hard,very hard, we will win the war against the islamic terrroists. god bless all of you. and all of our us troops and their famillies. very sincerlly tirdad"
tirdad gharib

"To honor the Georgia soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, the professional portrait artists of the Atlanta Fine Arts League are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family. These 16 X 20Ē original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrifices made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their familiesí loss. Please visit our website www.atlantafineartsleague.org or email us at AtlantaFineArtsLeague@Yahoo.com for further information. ĖThe Atlanta Fine Arts League"
Atlanta Fine Arts League

"I am an Air Force Reservist, C-5 Flying Crew Chief, called to duty after 9/11. I am one of many who work feverishly to make sure our Bravest and Greatest have the things they need to wage this war of freedom for the whole world. I had been in and out of Iraq from the start, but am currently deactivated. My son has now gone. He is attached to an Army Artillery Unit out of Fort Hood, Texas, possibly the same one as Justin was. I pray for the safe return of my son and all those currently serving all over the world for this fight we have to win. "Son, I am so very proud to be your father...I love you."
To John Carey and his band of vagabonds, you can take those freedoms our brave families fight for and freely shut your travesty of a mouth! SHAME ON YOU!"
STEVE DRUMMOND of Orangevale, Ca. USA

"Mr. and Mrs. Johnson,
Your son, Justin gave his life to keep me and my family safe. I thank you for raising a child who is willing to do this for people he never knew. He is a hero to me and my family. I hope your husband is safe over there. My brother was there at the beginning of the war. I know the worries that you feel. May God be with him, and all the others there now.
Thank-you"
Nikki Russo of Ellwood City, Pa

"I got the book as soon as it came out and it has touched my heart so! I know the pain of this kind of loss! Oh how I pray no other Mother goes through this pain, Please know That your Son Is a true American Hero like my Son Is !"
Kathy Brown( Mom of PFC, Nathan P.Brown) of Glens Falls,NY

"Justin is a hero to every United States Citizen. Without people like him we would not be free."
Melissa Penrod of Jamestown Ky United States

"GOD Bless you and GOD Bless our troops. We would be such a different nation if it were not for the men & women of our Armed Forces. They are willing every day to pay the ultimate price to keep our nation free. We will remember them in our prayers with love.

Remember too our Veterans. Please take the time to say, "Thank You & Welcome Home" whenever you can.
http://vetstribute.com

Thank you for giving us a place to leave our thoughts."
Beti of Kingman, AZ USA

"For Justin's family;
To quote President Abraham Lincoln,"Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality."
Justin walks with God. He will never be forgotten."
Heide U of Gilroy, CA

"A hero does what others will not do. Justin was a hero when he enlisted, now he will be remember for his sacrifice. Those of us that could not serve are greatly appreciative to the Johnson family. Gods blessing to you."
Michael Gherardini of Benson, AZ,/USA

"to the JOHNSON familly. good day,i wanted to say all my condolences to you. Justin was a hero is a hero and if i am sitting here right now, it is because of justin and all our us troops.the islamic terroists in iraq iran and all over will be brought to justice, my dog tag is with our soldiers in iraq . justin we loved you we love you and you are in heavan, resting but you are always in our heart, may god bless the johnson familly, i am freelancing to destroy all the islamic terrorists, and i had alot of death threats from the islamic terrorists but i will keep on fighting untill all of them will be destroyed. god bless you . very sincerlly yours."
tirdad gharib of AUSTRIA VIENNA

"To the Johnson Family:
In this increasingly dangerous world, we are truly blessed to have brave men, like your son Justin, willing to give their all in defense of our freedom. His sacrifice leaves me, and all our country with a debt that we must honor. And while it is proper that we grieve, we must celebrate his life. Because, if men like him did not act, our world would be a much sadder place. Thank you again for your sacrifice, and may God give he most sacred blessings on Justin and your family."
Richard True of St Louis, MO

"It is difficult to understand the level of your loss since it is something that few of us have experienced. What words can be said to ease the pain that you still feel when you remember that lost son? Few words if any but I look at Justin and Casey as special human beings who understood all the risks of their chosen path and executed its due course in the name of freedom. What compels these heroes to put their lives on the line for the freedom of a distant people is what makes America a great and unique nation.
All that we can do is to pay a special respect to their lives, sacrifice and memory. I also hope that all Americans, no all North Americans, understand what these brave young men understood so early in their lives. Our freedom comes at a price sometime a very steep price. For those of us left behind, we must cherish the fact that extraordinary men are ready to risk all to allow us to continue to live in this freedom. Damn those who intentionally tarnish that sacrifice and their memories for whatever reasons. God bless Justin and Casey and may they forever rest in glory and honor!"
Jacques Gervais of Toronto Canada

"Justin Johnson and Casey Sheehan are examples of the finest personal character that America has to offer. They fought and died for principles of freedom that those who offer nothing but dishonorable anti-US tirades cannot fathom. As a result of their dedication and courage, my family is safer and the values upon which this country was founded stand a better chance of being preserved. In answer to their daily toxic criticism, I say ONE Justin Johnson or ONE Casey Sheehan is worth more than the whole lot of anti-war critics. I don't know where we find such outstanding young people but I'm glad we do!"
Niles Johanson of San Diego, CA, USA

""To fallen soldiers let us sing
Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing
Our broken brothers let us bring
To the Mansions of the Lord.

"No more bleeding, no more fight
No prayers pleading through the night
Just divine embrace, eternal light
In the Mansions of the Lord.

"Where no mothers cry and no children weep
We will stand and guard though the angels sleep
Through the ages safely keep
The Mansions of the Lord"

Chet Freeman
1/9 Air Cav
1st Cav Div (AM)
RVN '69-70"
Chet Freeman of Quincy, MA

"What can I say...words do not come close to how I and so many Americans feel for our heroes. We thank them for their courageous service to our great country. We keep them in our hearts forever. We remember them in our minds so we can never forget. May you rest in peace."
Robert Naples of Lancaster, PA / USA

"Thank you for Justin. Without young men and women giving their lives for this country and others, I shuudder think about fighting these battles here in our own streets. I am retired now, but I was wounded on Easter Sunday of 2004 in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq doing my part for my country. My son served 2 tours in Iraq as a Marine, and my brother also served there as a Navy Seabee.
Thank you for your sacrafice.
Cindy Sheehan does not speak for me!

SFC Nathan A. Wilde, US Army (Ret)"
Nathan A. Wilde of Amarillo, TX

"To the family and friends of Justin-

I struggled to find the right words and found myself lacking. Just as nothing can ever replace the pain your family has experienced; nothing can tarnish Justin's image. Duty, honor, and service are words to some but much more to all who have shared the blood, sweat, and fears of service. Mothers, Fathers, Sisters and Brothers all serve with those who are in harms way; I hope and pray that you are comforted by the sure knowledge that Justin will never be forgotten. Should we ever meet on this deployment or stateside or someother location; I would be honored to greet you as a fellow American and that entails. My heartfelt best wishes to the friends and family of Justin Johnson forever."
Mark Clark of vacaville, ca

"Joe and Jan
Thank you for your dedication to our country, Losing a son is never easy and you have did him great service by your actions. I grew up not far from were you live,in Summerville, Georgia. I know how us southerns are when it comes to defending our country, I am a Viet Nam Vet and a Army retiree, so hold your head up high you have earned the upmost respect from me and all those who have served and are currently serving our country. God bless you."
Joe Dawson of Fort Payne, Alabama

"Words can not convey how honored I am to be able to leave this message. Let's just go with Thank You from the bottom of my heart and may God watch over you and bless you. We are so lucky to have soldiers and families that are willing to protect the rights that so many of us take for granted. God Bless You!"
Timothy Seurkamp of Cincinnati, Ohio

"Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice Justin W. Johnson. I am proud of you and all of our military.
I am also proud to be an American. I am from Hawaii of American Samoan heritage with some Irish blood.
I am an Army veteran of 6 yrs. After what happen on 9/11, I tried very hard to enlist in the Army again. I had to loss about 40 lbs and 4-5 inches on the waist line. The recruiter thank me for my patriotism and sort of kicked me out of the office. But I was determined. I came back to the same recruiter in about 1 1/2 months and in shape and made the weigh and waist line. The recruiters thought I was crazy to really want to go in badly and leave a pretty decent job (Fed civil service (Army Civilian)). I have a beautiful wife and 4 kids (3 girls and 1 boy). I was going to leave them for what I thought was right. I wanted to take the fight to the enemy, instead of them bringing it here to our country. Since I was 44 yrs old during that time, I had to take the 40 yrs and over physical and they found I had bone spur in my foot. The Army Surgeon General (Col Wong Ft. Campbell) denied me entry. We tried to get it waived twice, but to no avail. I told my recruiter to call him here and I will charllenge him to any physical fitness or sports of his choosing. But the recruiter wouldn't do it. So as you know, I didn't get in. I couldn't believe it, but there had to be a reason.

Anyway, sorry to bore you with that. I am station in Germany under the Europe Command post (EUCOM). I am a Army Fed Civil service. I have been praying this on a constant daily basis. I prayed that our troops in harm way is kept safe and if wounded or hurt, I ask and pray to the lord to restored them to good health.

For the fallen, I pray this for all fallen heroes as you, Casey and others are to me.

I pray that the our Good Lord forgive you all of your sins, iniquity, and trespasses. I also committed you all spirit to God. Like how Jesus did when he was on the cross when he committed his spirit to our Father in Heaven.

I hope this does not offend you or others or your family. The intent is not too.

I Love you my fellow Soldier Brother in Christ Jesus.

And leave this two powerful words for your Love one's.

GOD BLESS"
Richard Lalau of Stuttgart, Germany

"God Bless you, Jan Johnson and the rest of Justinís family! It is because of your Justin and others like him that America continues to be a free nation and that we can speak our minds. It is too bad that those filled with hate seem to speak the loudest. Please know how very much you and your family are appreciated. Thank you for telling your story.

Again, God Bless you and your family in your loss."
Martha Ellis of Ardmore, OK/USA

"To the family of Justin. condolences. He died serving our country, and providing the possibility of freedom to a terribly oppressed people. I sometimes wonder if the sacrifice is worth the lives of our young men and women. It then occurs, that if the young rebels of 1776 had not been willing to fight and possibly die, we would not be the bastion of liberty we have become. Bless Justin, and all of the American fighting men and women that have given their all to defend our liberty, and to give millions of Arabs the chance to live free."
David W. Armstrong US Army (ret) of Pleasanton CA USA

"My prayers are with you. I am grateful and proud for your son's duty to his country. I know in his heart he felt it was right. God Bless you and your family. May our dear Lord always be at your side."
Terry Pitiak of Torrance, CA

"Jan and Joe, Thanks for this memorial that we can add our voices to pay tribute to your fine son. America is the greatest force for good the world has yet known, but without the sacrifice and faith of men like Justin, she would not survive. I cannot imagine the pain you must feel. Please know that there are so many citizens grateful for the gift of freedom Justin has given them, and I hope that the intense pride you deserve to carry will soften your sorrow. Know that you will be in thoughts and prayers and that people you've never met in person will be telling their friends, "Now I never actually met him, but let me tell you the story I know about Justin Johnson." I'll look forward to reading the book and sharing Justin's example. May God bless you!"
Chris Dillow of St. Petersburg, FL

"My name is Michelle Parson. I am so sorry to hear about Justin. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Justin will always be remembered as a hero. I too lost my husband in Iraq, SFC Lonnie J Parson, whom I miss dearly.He was with 3rd ID, Fort Stewart,GA. I am so proud that you are telling the story of Justin and Casey. Because it is so true, we should all stand together and show our support for our troops, they are true heros. Thinking of you."
Michelle Parson of Bay Minette, Alabama

"My thoughts, prayers, and sympathy go out to you as you properly memorialize your son's life. I can only imagine how difficult it is to lose a child, as I have only one son who was slated to go to Iraq in 2004. God removed him from the military due to a medical condition. While I was thankful, my son was angry...because he truly wanted, and still wants, to defend our great nation. Freedom is not free. Your family feels the direct pain of that statement. Your son, and family, has paid the ultimate price so that we can worship as we choose, say pretty much what we please, etc. We cannot back down from our enemies because the going gets tough. Your son and many others will have died in vain if we tuck our tails and run. It will cost many lives for us to retain our freedom...and, I fear, the life of my own son may be one of those sacrificed. We do what we must to give for our country. Thank you for all your sacrifices. Freedom is not free. It comes at great price."
C.O. Gaskins of Gwinnett County, Georgia

"Justin, You probably know how very proud your country is of you. But I need to tell your family how very much we appreciate your family serving to help protect our country and we pray that God will find a way to give you peace and comfort. Your sacrafice is above and beyond the call of duty.My message to all who serve their country, pray for the leaders that they make the right decisions for each country. But the most important message to all is "Pray for everlasting Peace"
God Bless our troops and our Country and May God continue to Bless President George Bush and his cabinet."
Barbara Johns of Alto, Georgia

"Jan and Joe,
What a wonderful family you are !!! Such Grace and dignity, such bravery - its unbelievable, but very American!!!!
Generations of Americans have gone out to war, to liberate the oppressed, to set captives free, to give hope to millions... and it continues. Iam an immigrant from India, and I stand in awe of the greatness of this country.
God Bless You, God Bless America."
Dave Thomas of New Hyde Park, NY, USA

"Jan and Joe, your family has endured more than any non-military family can ever imagine and my veteran's heart goes out to you. It is (sadly) thanks to the selfless service of those such as Justin, Joe and Casey that people such as Cindy have the freedom of speech to voice their misguided notions of what keeps our nation safe. May God bless you and comfort you through your time of grief."
Michael of New Orleans, LA/USA

"Thank you for your diginity and for honoring your son. My heart aches for your family, but know that we as a nation need to be holding you up for your sacrifice. You are a true inspiration. My oldest son has returned home from Iraq, but my heart is still there with those Brave Soldiers. Stand Tall, Mom.
Mother of a 3rd ID SO sniper"
Kelly Calhoun of Rockwall, Texas

"God Blessed our country with the service your son provided to keep us free. I am very proud of him and I appreciate your sacrafice for our country. You are in my prayers-
With Love and Appreciation-"
Carol Bishop of Greenwood, SC 29646

"My heart is heavy for those who have lost loved ones protecting me and my family from those who would harm us. I want you to know that your sacrifice has not gone without notice or prayer."
Mark Reilly of San Diego, CA.

"You have my deepest sympathy. I too have lost a son who was a Deputy Sheriff killed in the line of duty. The loss becomes a little easier to bear as the years go by but you never forget them."
Lorraine Miller of San Jose, CA USA

"Dear Johnson Family,
I want to Thank You for your family, your patriotism, and your sacrifices made, in your family's service to this great Country we live in. I am sorry for the loss of your son, and the many other men and women who have lost their lives in the war on terror. I hope that more and more people will find it in their hearts to separate the war from the warrior, and support and honor those serving, even if they don't care for the politics involved. I, for one, believe your son's sacrifice should not be in vain. We should continue, and win the war against terrorists who wish to kill us. I live just down the road from you, in Stone Mountain, GA. My Grandfather was on the ground crew of the Enola Gay, My Uncle Kenneth Slaughter, 1Lt., 4th, 503rd, 173rd Airborne Brigade, Special Forces died in Vietnam, 22 July 1970. I served in Germany in the early '80s. As a tribute to my family, your family, and all other families who have had family members serve, I recorded "Thank You". I would like you to go to www.myspace.com/hankbrake to listen to the song. I hope it brings you some small amount of solace, and a sense of the honor I hold in my heart for your son, and your husband, for their service to my Country, our Country. Thank You, and God Bless you."
Hank Brake of Stone Mountain, GA

"Thank you soldier never seems enough to express the service given for our freedom and your passionate love of country to fight in our place. I humbly salute you and pray for your family's peace. My husband is a VietNam Combat helicopter pilot/Veteran...we know the sacrifice families make. Life is precious. I thank you for giving your most precious possesion for America, and for Iraq's freedom. Blessing to you, we will never forget you soldiers."
Barbara Blanco of San Antonio,TX

"I am sorry you lost your loved one, Justin. I wish I could say something to help ease your pain. But I pray that God's grace and mercy will be with all of you. I also want to thank you for your loved one's sacrifice for us. I support this war, and pray for the president and leaders of our country, the servicemen and women serving our great country, and their families.

I look forward to reading the book, and ordered an extra one to share. Unfortunately, Cindy Sheehan is misguided and mean; I hope she will eventually stop spouting her poison, which is demeaning to the memory of her son, our president and leaders as well as to our country.

Sincerely,
Grace Mulloy"
Grace Mulloy of Round Rock, TX

"He layed down his life for his country, his fellow officers and for us here in America!!! That is a hero! They are special people that God loves and takes to His heart...Justin is home safe, just not here on earth.

To those he left behind; for now, there are not enough right words to express the ache you feel, and no words I can say that will express my outreach to all of you. I am a grown Air Force 'brat' and I am military even so now, for having grown up that way! There is a purpose, pride, strength and honor to the military, even though there are those that do not think the reason they serve is worth it. It most certainly is! There have always been wars and battles to fight and many soldiers that have gone down in the line of duty; that does not make any one of them any less important to each of those who loved them, those they protected, or the country they served. God has stood with the many, the proud and the brave since the beginning and will until the end of time.....God bless Justins contribution to history and to those in his family! My heart goes out to you all!"
Ruth Hammons of Mesa, Arizona

"I have utmost respect and gratitude for Justinís bravery and dedication to our nationís freedom. His willingness to accept the inherent dangers and possible death associated with his military assignment in Iraq is a gift to all of us living in safety because of his service. 10/24/06"
Ronald Etters of Centreville, Virginia

"I am eternally grateful to Justin Johnson and his family for the indomitable spirit of freedom they bring to the American soul. I will Never Forget what you have done for me, my country and for Liberty."
Susan Nunnally of New York, New York

"I can't find words that express enough my gratitude to you and your son, as well as all the other young men and women who make the sacrifice to leave their home, family and friends to make our world a better place.
I know they are in heaven where they belong. They are our heroes.
May God continue to bless you and give you strength. He's pretty wonderful when we put our faith and trust in HIM."
Cheryl Adamson of Juneau, Alaska

"Justin,
Well, it has been about two and half years now since Lee called and told me the news...I thought he was playing some sick joke...We had just left the church parking lot 10 minutes beforehand...He told me he was dropping Carie off so we could go to be with your Mom...she was alone...after screaming, kicking the walls, and having a mental break-down, Carie and I went to console your Mom...I swear that was the hardest thing in the world...I can not fathom the thought of losing one of my girls!...Then I had to call Grandma (Mom)...As God is my witness, that was the worst day of my life!!! The pain kept coming...family members showing up one by one...the sobbing would start all over again...now and again each of us would have to go out on the front deck to pull ourselves together...That whole week, until you came home, is blurry...we all stayed together until the wee hours of the morning...no one wanted to go home alone...without each other...it was so hard...I thank God for our family!!! I just miss you so much!!! I think about the good times a lot...all of our crazy trips to Missouri...Every time the family gets together and we're having fun, I think of how there were so many more laughs yet to have...I miss you, baby nephew!!! But I know you're in a better place!!! When I get there, you'd better be right there waiting for me...don't make me look for you...you know how I am with navigating...we have catching up to do...I am so proud of you...
Rest in Peace, dear soldier!!!

GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS - PAST AND PRESENT
LET US REMEMBER THEM IN OUR PRAYERS"
Amy L. Blankenship of Rome, GA

"I just read about your Dad's enlistment in the National Guard and his return home after serving in Iraq (Thank you Mr. Johnson). I am so happy that your Dad came home safe and sound to the family. One death in a family is too hard to bear. I lost my nephew on 4/9/04 and he was 22 just like you. Every day since is the same. I miss him too much and wish this had never happened. I guess I can wish until I'm blue in the face and it will never do any good or change anything. Just know, Justin, that your sacrafice is not in vain, that many Americans honor you, and we share in your family's loss and grief. May the Lord hold you dear in his arms and may you relish the pure joy of eternal peace. You will be remembered forever. Thank you Soldier Justin Johnson. Thank you Johnson Family for raising a son who cared about the world, about people, about all of us, who cared enough to take action. I am so sorry for your loss."
Bela Beaupre of Woodbury, CT

"Oh baby, today is the two year mark. It is so hard to face. Dad's still over in Iraq, Josh is at Bragg but I do have Joleen and the girls here. I wish I had you here too but I know it was not meant to be. You are in a much better place now. Please look down on your family and friends and know we love you and miss you. Also, keep your buddies, who are about to go over again, safe. I love you!"
Mom

"To the family of Justin Johnson,
My heart goes out to you for your tragic loss. I would truly like to express my admiration of you Joe and Jan, and to Justin and the thousands of American soldiers around the world for all you have done and continue to do for us all here in the USA. As a retired first sergeant of an Ambulance Company (31 yrs active & reserve), my sense of duty has not waned, but my stamina has. I thank God that we have dedicated persons like yourselves to keep us free."
MSG Marvin T Chisom (retired) of Martinsville, VA

"To the Family of Justin Johnson, I am so sorry for your loss. I just read a new news article on Joe 3/18/06, and how he reinlisted and went to Iraq for revenge. Joe, welcome home, and glad to read your words of not wanting to kill innocent people. You have also done your country proud along with your son Justin. You are a true American and thank you and to your son. And thank all of the troops that have served our country proud! God Bless America!"
Lorretta Ceja of Aliso Viejo, CA

"To Justin's Family,
my thoughts and prayers are with you. I went to school with Justin and he was a great person to know. He was always friendly and he always smiled even if things weren't going his way that day. It was a pleasure to know your son and your family will always be in my prayers. God bless you"
Shannon Murdock (Henry) of Horton, Alabama USA

"I did not know you. I just finished listening to your mother's story about you and your father. How beautiful! I admire your dedication at such a young age and I admire your father's love for you in following your footsteps and learning what you knew at such an early age. I know you are with God. May God bless your father in his last 2 months in Iraq, your brother who may be going and your mother who has the strength of many!"
Ileana Vermilyea (Army dep. and wife of ser. member retired ) of Westerville, Ohio USA

"justin... man i miss you... wish you were here to be with us... theres never a day when i dont think about you and sheehan and drake... yall were my brothers... miss ya bro... rest in peace..."
OD

"To the family of Justin Johnson. I am so very thankful that we had the priviledge of knowing your son "Justin". Our son "Chad Drake" Justin had many good times together. Since their death, I have been so blessed in knowing you. The cards, emails have been such an inspiration. Even though meeting each other and getting to know each other in such tragic times, I am so very thankful that our paths crossed each other and our families have grown in love together. I share with you in the loss of two wonderful young men. My faith tells me that Justin, Chad and Chad's dad (John), are all in heaven preparing our place together. I rejoice in knowing that we will all see each other again. Jan, thank you for all of your words of wisdom and prayers and the tears we have shared together.

Thank you Justin Johnson for your ultimate sacrifice. I think and pray for your family on a daily basis. Please know that you are our "Hero" in our thoughts and hearts. We will never forget.

God Bless.

Ginger Drake"
Ginger Drake of Garland, Texas

"God bless Justin, and may he be resting in the comforts of heaven. I'm constantly awed at how disconnected we can get in this country from the dangerous and severe reality of this world. Every time a courageous American soldier dies, the world loses a hero. May God hold in the palms of his hands those with the strength of character to protect the world and all in it from the pure evil that we face."
Jack Snyder of Oconomowoc, WI/USA

"To Justin's family and to all the families that have a loved one serving:

"Joe has one other regret. He doesnít recall ever telling Justin how proud he was of him....."

When I look at my children I cannot help but feel overwhelming gratitude to those that serve and their families. Their sacrifice today may prevent having to see my children on the battlefield.

There is no greater love than this to lay down one's life for another....John 15:12-13

Joe, do not regret....your son surely knows of your pride and your love for him....for that I am sure of."
A father of two of Long Island, New York

"My deepest condolences go out to the family of SPC Johnson. I am currently wearing his KIA bracelet in remembrance of his sacrifice for his country."
SPC Dustin J. Hood of Ansbach, Germany

"To Justin's Family,
Im SPC Russel Shafer of the Division FSE for 1st Cav I didn't know your Son but i want to say that my prayers are with you in your time of stuggle he played an important role in this theater an for that we won't forget him. i am sorry for your loss. "Steel Dragons" "Lest We Forget"
Spc Russel Shafer of 1 Cav Baghdad Iraq

"To the family members of this fallen soldier:
I understand how hard it is to lose someone in this war. I myself have been serving over in Iraq for 9 mos. I am one that belives that memories should continue and that everyone should be remembered. It is this that I recently purchased a rememberance bracelet. If you are not familiar with them, basically it is a bracelet with a MIA or KIA's name along with date and unit. It is a symbol of importance I believe. The name on mine is Justin W. Johnson. If there is a close relative that would like to have it feel free to contact me email howard.hawkins@us.army.mil . It is important to me as a reminder that this war cost lives but for someone else such as a family member or spouse it may be a good rememberance."
howard hawkins of melbourne Florida

"To Justin, i never got a chance to meet you. you are my cousin and i am very, very proud of you. you paid the ultimate price for our country. you gave your life for me and others. thank you. and thank you to your brother and father who are also serving in the military at this time. god bless."
Leo Bunce of Loveland, Co. , U.S.A.

"i give my highest condolences to the family and friends of the late justin w. johnson. it is a great tragedy to lose someone you love, i know this because i have lost too. i wear justin's KIA braclet everywear i go to provide me with strength, motivation, and divine intervention through training and battle. his honor as a soldier keeps me from giving up, i keep driving on to prove justin didn't lose his life in vain.
"charlie mike""
SmithA of Dahlonega, GA

"I pray for your family and the soldiers in Iraq, especially the 1-82. My nephew, Spc. Dustin Collins is in Alpha Battery. God bless you and your family"
Carleen Digiovanni of Groves, TX

"I didn't know Justin but we are from the same hometown. This and the fact that I am a veteran of the first gulf war makes me feel like we share a special bond. I am proud of Justin, it takes a man of extroaordinary courage and conviction to willingly sacrifice his life for his country. In his commencement address at LSU this year, President Bush said that freedom was a gift from God. If that were true, everyone would be free. The fact is freedom is not a gift, it is bought and paid for by the blood of American patriots like Justin. My condolences to Justin's family, you raised an outstanding young man and a hero to us all. Godspeed, Justin, and thank you, you will be missed."
Jeff Holmes of Rome, Georgia, USA

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

"To the parents of Justin W Johson,im so sorry that this has happend to you.you are all in our prayers.
love always,your cousin's Debbie and John Johnson.(Joe's twines)"
Debbie Johnson/Uden of Redlands ca, San berdo

"My deepest condolences to the parents and all loved ones of Spc. Justin W. Johnson. My heart aches for you, and you will remain in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that the deep hurt you feel can be in some part be eased by the feeling of great pride for Justinís valor and deep sense of patriotism.
Justin, you have made the ultimate sacrifice and did so willingly and without hesitation. Thank you so very much for defending my freedom. It means so much to me, to the people of NYC and to the entire nation. Thank you for your bravery and sacrifice in the service of the country that I love so very much. You will always be remembered as an American Hero.

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Most Sincerely,
Pat"
Pat Shoukry of New York, N.Y. USA

"To Joe and Jan and their family. Iam Joe's cousin I cant express the words or feeling of lost. Justin was not in our lives long but the differance he made to my family is beyond words. My children were impressed by his love and his conviction . My son said he wished he could be like Justin and my daughter loved him so much. We loved him but he is with my brother and Joleens baby will have two very special angels looking over her."
Susan and family of Brimfield Illinois

"Hello I am SPC Brian Anthony's wife, my husband is attached to the 1-82 FA (the same unit that Justin was attached too). Actually my husband was one of Justin's best friends, he came home the day that Justin made his Specialist and told me that his little boy has grown up. I thought it was so funny. Justin was very sweet and he will be sorely missed by my family. Just please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, and I wish you joy in everything that you do."
Carla Anthony of Copperas Cove, TX/USA

"What can I say about Justin, only three words comes to mind when I personally think of him, Rome's Fallen Hero. I grew up along side Justin throughout the years. Being his cousin I can say when we were little kids growing up he got on my last nerve. I got a scar on my forehead from Justin when he was 3 or 4 years old, he konked me on the head with a toy metal Tonka Truck. I would do anything to bring him back to take away the pain from his mother and father. No one should go through what they are going through right now. I will always remember in my memories of Justin that little curly headed kid trailing behind me trying to get me to catch frogs or hunt for arrowheads. I'll never forget ya Justin. You were the best Cousin a guy can ask for."
David T. Jones of Rome, Georgia

"To Jan, Joe, Joleen and Josh:
I have seen your tears and I have cried along side you. Justin will be bravely missed. I know that Robin will go this Thur. to take her ASVAB test. I am very glad that she is going into the Army. I wish I could do more for you. IF you need anything just call me. I will be there for you like you were there for me in the past."
with greatest love Denise of Rome Georgia USA

"Dear Jan and Joe,
My heart crys for you because of the loss of Justin. His life was short but oh so honorable. He gave all he had to protect his family and my family and our way of life. He died for all good people all over the planet. Let's face it! We are in a battle between good and evil. Justin gave his life fighting evil. I believe the doors of Heaven opened wide as he walked in. We both have known loss Jan. All mine and my families love to you and Joe."
Johnie Evans of Shannon, Ga.

"To Justin's Family:
There are no words to express the deep sorrow we feel for you because of the loss of your great hero. May God bless you and help you through this difficult time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Rest in Peace Brave Soldier"
The Taylors USMC of NC

"To Justin's Family:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincere condolences to you. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.

From the family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003"
Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Dear Justin,
Thank you for fighting for America's freedom in Iraq. All of us will be indebted to you eternally. It took so much courage to fight in a foreign land and I am deeply indebted to you as a fellow American. Thank you for fighting for me."
mark reif of winchester, VA

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Justin, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Justin Johnson, 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

"To the family and friends of Spc. Justin Johnson:
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 Justin 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 Spc. Justin Johnson:
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 Justin, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

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