Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michael Vann Johnson, Jr.

25, of Little Rock, Arkansas.
Killed in combat when shrapnel from a grenade hit him in the head. He was assigned to Naval Medical Center, 3rd Marine Division Detachment, San Diego, California. Died on March 25, 2003.

"I would just like to thank everyone who has, and is accessing this page that is dedicated to my husband Michael. It means more than you will ever know to read such kinds words of empathy from those of you who knew him and from those of you who just want to express kind words of compasion. It is truely the kindness of strangers, friends, and family that is keeping me going from day to day. Michael is missed terribly and his memory is one of the only things that I have now. Thank you to all who are willing to help keep that alive."
Cherice Johnson, Doc J's Wife of San Diego, California

On 17 September, 2003, The Branch Medical Clinic, Marine Recruit Depot, San Diego was re-named in honor of HM3 Johnson. It is now known as "Johnson Hall". This is the same clinic that Petty Officer Johnson worked at when he was assigned here at San Diego. Many of the Sailors here who worked with him were deeply moved by the ceremony and remember him fondly. Also noteworthy is the fact that he was posthumously promoted to HM2.

HMC(SW/FMF) Robert Franzwa

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"Hey Mike! Just wanted to let you know you are always on the Sandoval Family’s mind! We miss you, you will never be forgotten sir!"
Doc Sandoval of Phoenix AZ

"Gone but never forgotten Brother. You took care of us crazy Marines on MCRD San Diego, CA. There were times when I thought you were a Drill Instructor too (smile). And while our time together was short, your impact to the Marines and recruits of Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion was huge! RIP Brother."
MSgt R. Branch (Ret) of Richmond, VA

"Not Forgotten"

Can Tyrone, Trish, Shay or T'Shon Thomas of San Diego please contact me or anybody from the Johnson Family.

God Bless

Andre Kirkendoll of San Diego

"Not Forgotten."
Andre Kirkendol of San Diego

"Chad Julius Contranchis, I love you very much . I'm so proud of you as a son ,father,and a navy corpsman. It's not a day that goes by without me thinking of you and my grandchildren, it's very hard here without you .I have a very hard time just making it though the day .all you wanted was to have a family to love and be love. Your children is in boston with their mom. She will not let me talk to them .but I'm working on it with a lawyer. In time I know God will lead them back to me. Then I will get justice done . I'm not finished at all . Until we meet again RIP KNOWING HOW MUCH I MISS YOU.LOVE MOM"
Brenda contranchis of 70072

"Every time I pass through Medical's passageway at a USN clinic and see HM2's name I think about his sacrifice and how honored I am to have served in the same Navy. I plan to order a bracelet to remind me of him and how fortunate I was to serve with heroes like Michael. Thank you for your service shipmate..."
Rob Moore, CAPT, USN (Ret.) of Coronado, CA, USA

"Every time I pass through Medical's passageway at a USN clinic and see HM2's name I think about his sacrifice and how honored I am to have served in the same Navy. I plan to order a bracelet to remind me of him and how fortunate I was to serve with heroes like Mike. Thank you for your service shipmate..."
Rob Moore, CAPT, USN (Ret.) of Coronado, CA, USA

"Hey buddy. Man if you could see the boys today. They are getting big. Probably could beat you in some hoop now. I miss you and I'll never forget!"
Billy Sandoval of Phoenix az

"On Veterans Day of 2004, Sixteen Veterans of the Korean, Vietnam War Era to include one World War II Veteran came together and met at the Pillars of Strength Lodge #38 Masonic Temple in North Little Rock, AR. The purpose was to explore the possibility of forming a new American Legion Post serving the Greater Central Arkansas area. After it was agreed to do so, the Post selected the name of Michael Vann Johnson, Jr. to be named in honor of Our Fallen Hero. Officers were elected and the Post was officially named as Michael Vann Johnson, Jr., American Legion Post #74 of North Little Rock, AR. Post #74 has become one of the most recognized and respected Veteran Service Organizations around the Great State of Arkansas. Each year, on the last Saturday in March, the Post holds the Annual Tribute to Fallen Heroes Ceremony. The Ceremony is designed to honor the memory of the Fallen Heroes in the State of Arkansas that have paid the Ultimate price as a result of OIF/OEF/OND. The Event is supported by all levels of the various Military, Federal, State and City Governments and to include all the top level Military and Enlisted personnel from the Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas National Guard and the United States Marine Corp. The Gold Star Families are “always” the Post's Special guests of Honor. The general public is always encouraged to attend. The Ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 beginning at 11:00 A.M. at Sherwood Forest located at 1111 West Maryland in the City of Sherwood, Arkansas. This year’s Ceremony will be Our Tenth consecutive year. For further and additional information, please contact the Post Commander, R.D. Kinsey, @ 501-374-9002-office or 501-247-4765-cell or e-mail at rdk52@hotmail.com."
R.D. Kinsey, Post Commander of North Little Rock, AR/USA

"Thank you, Michael for your sacrifice. I'm raising five kids in this beautiful country because of the sacrifice of you and your brothers. Though we have never met, it means a lot to me that you served and died so my family could be free. You will not be forgotten. I will continue to pray for your wife, she must really miss you. God bless the USA"
Brenda Trefren of Soldotna, Alaska Jan 11, 2015

"Wow it's been a while... Dude so much has happen since we last saw each other. Man I have 3 beautiful children 2 girls and a boy. I thought I would have screwed this whole parent thing up by now lol, but 11 years later supposedly I am a great dad lol that's what my wife and kids say... Man I wish you can spend sometime with them Petey is a mini me with my wise a$$ personality lol... But Enough about me dude, I just wanted to stop by and show some love. We all love and miss you dude... Keep that fresh deck so we can kill'em in some spades when I get up there kid."
Pedro Quintana of Greenville, NY/USA

"You were an amazing person. You knew how to make people smile. You will always remind me of staying positive in any situation. You made bootcamp bearable. You will never be forgotten."
Nathan Kilmer of Tigard, Oregon

"25 May 2014 Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice in honor of our country, Michael. Thinking about you and your family this Memorial Day weekend."
Susan Rohbock, LT/MSC/USN-Ret of San Diego, CA

"31MAR2014 - Happy Birthday, Michael. Hope you are celebrating in heaven. Those of us left behind think of you often."
LT Susan Rohbock, MSC, USN-RET of San Diego, CA

"Hey Mike is Billy.. I miss you brother. Things are well here. I live in Phoenix now and the kids are doing great. Jay is 15 years old now.. it seems just like yesterday you two were kicking some butt on xbox having some mountain dew. I hope to visit you In Little Rock soon."
Billy Sandoval, U.S. Navy Corpsman of Phoenix AZ

"My sincere condolences then, now, and forever to Mike's family. I served with him while stationed at VMU-1 Twentynine Palms, CA. He took care of me and other Marines there. I only have great memories of Doc. Johnson, he was a great person. I found out of his death in 2003, and it continues to bother me, but I know he is in a better place now. Thanks for your service Doc, I really miss you."
SSGT Jonathan Begazo-Leon (now civilian) of Fredericksburg, VA

I know you are Resting.In.Paradise <3 Tyrone was sent an email yesterday about the Memorial on MCRD for you but still couldn't bring himself to attend. In a few days it will be your 36th ... be on the look out for your balloons we'll be sending your way!!!!!"
Trish & Tyrone Thomas of San Diego, CA

"25MAR2013 - I can't believe it's been ten years. It still feels like one of my kids was killed. Sending heartfelt prayers to Cherice and to Michael's parents. He may be gone, but for so many of us, not forgotten."
Susan Rohbock, LT, MSC, USN-Ret of San Diego, CA

"My most sincere condolences to Michael's family.

I am posting a message here today because I am in need of more information. I am an author. I am currently writing a book about portrait artist, Michael G. Reagan, who has dedicated the rest of his life to drawing beautiful portraits of fallen heroes, free of charge, to their families. He's drawn more than 3,000 so far. He's an amazing man who gave up a very successful life to do this. What's even more amazing is that it started with the request from the wife of a fallen hero; Michael Johnson, Jr. I don't know if she knows the impact she made on Michael Reagan's life or not, but I'd really like to interview her for the book. Since it was the very first hero portrait he drew, and since her words to him were instrumental in starting the project, it's really important that I get this story right.

That said, if anyone here knows how I can contact his widow, Cherise, or another relative, I would really appreciate it if you would contact me, or pass the information on to her. I've tried many different avenues to find her, to no avail. I can be reached through my website at http://www.storymatters2.com. Please use the contact form and I will send you an email right away. Thanks so much! Karen Fisher-Alaniz"
Karen Fisher-Alaniz of Walla Walla, WA

"Hey Mike,
I met you briefly when I was 6 months pregnant before you left with my husband (now ex-husband) for Iraq. You were a good friend and mentor to him while you guys were away. I was devastated when I heard the news. My heart went out to your wife and everyone who knew and loved you so much.

We named our son in memory of you. You were a mentor and a positive influence to Paul, you were his best friend and I'm sure he thinks of you often.

Our son, is 9 now, he knows he is named after a man who made the ultimate sacrifice and had such a positive impact on his father. We go to MCRD every year on your birthday.

We will always remember you. My thoughts and prayers always to your family and friends."
Jessica (Elder) of San Diego, CA

Not a day goes by that I don't remember."
HMC W. (ret) of Jax Bch

"I remember You singing in the Choir with Sgt. Major Vines before we crossed the LOD from Kuwait.I only known you for a few months because you got stop loss to do that deployment with us before the Navy let you go! In those short months I know you to be a good man...I remember you as a family man from our talks...R.I.P"
Michael of Aelanto,ca

"Hey Doc J,

I poured a pint for you today in your memory. Peace brother, I'm sorry that you can't be here today.

Doc K-y
Former HM2 Kyweriga"
Michael Kyweriga of Eugene, OR

"today is memorial day 2012. Its been 9 long years.. since we said our good byes to you and saw you off. our last meal together having some fun at dave and busters just one week prior to you deploying. your never forgotten Mike, NOT EVER! we miss you. and we know when you're around us. u play it big up there and we'll get to you soon!"
love ya, the thomas fam of san diego

"Happy 35th Mike. Today I will shoot 35 free throws in your memory."
Keisha of Temecula

"Happy Birthday Mike!"
Us here in... of San Diego, CA

"Mike it's been 9 long years brah, we all still remember like it was yesterday. You are in a better place with none of these worries. RIP my friend until we meet again."

"Remembering you today mike. Through all this madness going on here....ur in a much much better place. I wish I was there where u r, where no pain or anger or hurt resides."
of san diego

"Michael Vann Johnson Jr... boy I tell ya! U really do know how to make ur presence known amongst us!!!! LOL!!!! Because YOU helped to keep Tyrone safe and YOU said to me not to worry in your last words to us here on that sad day.... I WILL do it! now will you please please let me get some REST!!!! and NO MORE DAYUM COLD SHOWERS!!!! LOL LOL LOL~ until next time...... go play tricks and games with someone else please........ just playing!"
The Thomas Family of San Diego, CA

"My husband, a corpsman, 3rd class PO just got orders to go to Okinawa, Japan with the 3rd marine division. I am new to the military life and am always researching ways to be supportive. That is how I stumbled upon this site. My thoughts go out to you. You are the example of what it means to be a loving and supporting spouse :)"
Belen Escalante Gutierrez of San Diego, CA

"Fellow Doc J,
Thank you for everything you have done for our country. You give me and all other Corpsmen, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Soldiers strength to move on and motivation to fight for your name and what you believed in. I wish i could of met you. I pray for you and your family. Semper Fi!"
Doc O of Riverines, Little creek, VA.

"Doc J, Not a day goes by that I don't spend at least a moment with you in Japan. Running around laughing at ourselves and all those goofy Marines. I will neer forget you and your sacrifice. Thanks J Love ya man!"
Rick Lucero of Fullerton, CA 913355

"Hey Mike Its Billy, i really miss those xbox days, You should see Justen now..Its all grown up. Unfortunatly he has type 1 diabetes but he is staying strong. We still laugh at the times you and him use to play xbox and he would be the same guy so no matter who won he could say he did...lol Those were the good ol days. As far as Myself and Ashley we are doing good, we just moved to Utah, I am running a Diaylsis clinic here and its a great gig. I miss you buddy!"
Follow Company Corpsman, MCRD of Spanish Fork, UT

just passing by again to say whats up. Reading some of the other messages left by the Band of Brothers HM's from 1/7 makes me remember the sillyness and fun we had while in Oki. I remember me and you had a prank war, haha i think we involved the whole BAS. Next thing you know someone threw someones else cover in the microwave. Oh yeah , we both started that! I remember vividly you walking around yelling at everyone calling them recruits. Those were some good times. RIP Homie, you are very much missed."
HM1(SW/AW/FMF) Lopezbarrera, Oscar of NNMC Bethesda, MD

"Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear Michael,
Happy Birthday to you!!!!!!!
Hey Mike just stopping in to give you that big b-day shout out and to tell you a story I thought you'd find comforting. So I was at work yesterday doing my thing and this patient comes to check in.. he notices the memorial bracelet I wear and he shows me his and says this is for Michael too. I asked how he knew you and he goes on to tell me that he didn't know you personally but he says "do you remember when there was an outbreak of pneumonia on the depot in 2002 and 6 guys were hospitalized and then 5 died"? I said yeah, he then goes " well I was #6 and thanks to my doc (Mike) who cared for me and got me to the hospital I am now a Sgt in the Corps". He wears your memorial bracelet just as proudly as I do and he only knew you by his doc. That made me smile and think of how proud and lucky I was to have known you as a person,as a friend. Love you Mike!"
Keisha of Richmond, Virginia

"hi daddy i miss you very much. we went to your memorial service today, i missed some of it because it got too cold and Auntie Zsa Zsa told me it always rains on that day because all the soldiers are crying. i cried to. i come to see you at the cemetary alot. i draw you alot of pictures. i'm going to be 10 this year, double digits! i'm happy that your my dad because if you weren't i wouldn't have a great life and family. i'm also happy because we're just alike. i love you very much and you will always be my special hero. some times pau pau and i are really sad because we miss you. BUT DON'T WORRY BECAUSE WE WILL ALWAYS BE WITH EACH OTHER IN OUR HEARTS. i love you verrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyy muchhhhhhhhhhhh"
Alexis Vann Johnson of Little Rock, AR

"Hey Mike!!! 8yrs ago Cherice got the knock on the door and i got the phone call from the chaplain to come over :(
Although you're missed terribly, with everything thats going on in this world, you're in a much better place! I'll be back in 6 days to wish you your happy birthday."
Trish and the rest of the thomas family of san diego

"Dear Johnson family,
My name is Jennifer, I currently live in Texas. I would like you to know I war memorial bacelett giving to me of Michael everyday. I am so sorry for your loss."
Jennifer of Burleson, TX

"I never knew you in life Doc, but I helped get you home when it was time. I will never forget you."
Jeff Roman HMC (FMF) (Ret) of Portland, ME

"Mikey, I had the honor of meeting your beautiful daughter this summer. I know you must be smiling down on her because I was amazed that she looks so much like you. Seeing her brought back many memories of hanging out with you. I hope to continue to be in touch with her to keep your memories fresh in my head. I will watch out for her as I know you would have done for me. you are missed daily. You will always be my hero man. Love Peter"
peter williamson of D.C.

"On May 16,1945 a young "kid" navy corpsman helped to save my father, Michael F.X. Dolan-G-3-29 6MarDiv, on SugarLoaf Hill. My Dad was bleeding to death and machinegun fire was literally chewing up the ground around them - yet this corpsman ran right up and stopped the bleed of a fist sized hole on my dad's right shoulder. My Dad would have died but because of this "kid's" heroism, my dad got 63 years and 363 more days on this earth. My Dad went to
heaven 5/14/09 and no doubt your Michael was there to greet him. My dad followed the Iraq/Afghan wars and was struck with your ruggedness and bravery--saying no one can forget your sacrifice!!!! God Bless the Memory of your Michael."
Joseph V. Dolan of Bethesda, Maryland

Anthony DOC Embesi 3/1 KILO of conner montana (406) 360-3579

"Hey Mike how you doing with those great big wings of yours? Just wanted to know that you were in my prayers this Memorial Day. Take care and continue to wach over us from above."
Keisha of Camp Pendleton

"Cherise please call me at (562) 619-7105. Again he was my best friend when I didnt have one. Mike"
Mike Alexanian

"I miss Mike like crazy. He was my roommate all through corps school. He often talked about his wife and kids. What an awesome example of what a corpsman is. He took care of his Marines and anything else that needed to be taken care of. God bless his kids and his wife Cherise."
Mike Alexanian, HM3 , 3/4 of Menifee, Ca

"5.31.2010....stop'n by 2 say you're never forgotten Mike! Are you play'n ball up there w/ the rest of the angels??? Ty just started back up play'n ball for Balboa...watch ova him! Your godson played for the YMCA last season...when he gets back frm his Hawaii trip this summer, we're put'n him back in the YMCA league to play bball as well. I received some quite interesting news today in my email Mike....i'm wait'n to see how this all plays out. until the next time ..... u have fun up there w/ the other angels... and watch down on all of us left here aight! we miss u boy!"
thomas family of san diego

"Happy Belated Birthday! Things are cray down here. This economy sucks and you know I really can't begin to tell you what the future may hold. How's things going for you? I know you are smiling down watching us and wondering how we'll all make it through but as long as we have friends and family looking over us from above I'm sure we'll be fine. So, my son finally got into basketball maybe he will be like his mother (LOL). You haven't been forgotten and your family is always in my prayers. Take care!"
Keisha of Camp Pendleton, CA

"3.31.2010: remember'n u on 'ur birthday Mike."
the thomas family

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This is a gift! We have wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and want you know that everyone here at Project Compassion does and will always CARE.
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"Hello Cherice,

It has been a long time since I have seen you, but I hope that you are taking care of yourself and that angel you are raising. This is TJ from Little Rock Arkansas, the guy from up the road that use to hang around Mikiee whenever he could. I use try to be like mike in every aspect and to this day I still bring his name up from time to time. We use to go on all kinds of adventures as kids growing up and he had the coolest kid n play haircut in junior high school. Mike was 2 yrs older than me so he always got everything first. I can remember when he got this blue scooter and all I could think was man I want one and later he went off and got the coolest car in the neighborhood which was a dodge avenger. The best thing about Mike was his friendship and his willingness to share. Mike was so competitive about everything. From basketball, martial arts and football. Some of our best moments was when we use to have our own kumet (from the movie blood sport) on the side of his mothers house hehe. He use to always beat me up =). I sucked at basket ball, so we never got to go agaisnt one another in school, but on his Senior yr i belevie, in football we had our moment. It was Parkview highschool vs C entral Highschool and Central was kicking off to Parkview. I charged towards mike at full speed and mike charged at me, and niether of us payed any attention to the action on the field, at that moment it was him agaisnt me and it was full speed ahead. Despite all my effort, I ended up getting layed out by the 6 foot plus Senior Mike thus me being a Sophmore, but it was great nevertheless. I have buckets of childhood memories of Mike and the biggest contribution that Mike gave me was my awareness of God, because mike loved the lord and he was in the church all the time, I must have went to Greater Paradise several times with Mike just so I could hang with him. for that influence I will always be greatful, but Mike touched my life in another way. After Highschool I still talked to Mike time to time and he eventually convinced me to join the military. I went Air Force because despite Mikes effort to teach me how to swim in the summer times we shared, I just wasnt getting it. If you have a copy of Mikes going away video to the Navy, its a real heart warmer. We use to have some good times. I had just got to my new duty station when I found out the news about mike. I didnt believe it until I saw the Cnn pictures than I just got angery until after the funeral. I came to peace with the death because I had a vision/dream a few nights later after the funeral and me and mike were walking up and down john barrow road just like when we were kids and he was basically telling me everything is ok and youll be alright. I can't recall everything but when im home visiting my mom I always stop by to visit janice and I have told her the same story. Well I am glad I was able to stumble across this page in dedication to mike, and im just shocked i didnt know of it before. I wish you and your little one the best of luck and health and may God bless you and your family.
TJ of Biloxi ,MS USA

"Michael....in a few days it will be 7yrs since God called you home! For me, its as if we just got the news yesterday. I replay in my mind over and over when we saw you that afternoon and we said our good-byes...it was time for you to leave to Iraq....and then....that phone call I got in the early morning hours to come right over because Cherice needed me, the Chaplain just informed her that you had passed...to the dreaded phone call Tyrone made to me while he was there in Iraq asking me, "Is it true?....was that Mike who was K.I.A.?" and the tears it brought to my eyes when I told him I'm sorry, Yes it was. Attending your memorial, the dedication of Johnson hall...none of it got easier. I know your well and in a better place! Until we get there...keep watch'n over us! we luv u Mike!"
thomas family of of san diego

"your sacrifice touches more peaople than you would ever know."

"Semper Fi, "Devil Doc"...

Jeff Smith HM3(AW)
FMF 8404, 3/2 and 2/2, 2nd MarDiv
81mm mortars/Fast Rope Team
of Richmond, VA

"Hey Doc, many are called but few are called to take care of Marines. And to your family, he lives in your hearts and minds. He just have to go ahead of us to take care of Marines up there."
Manny Lantin HM2 FMF USN 73-79 of Antioch, CA

"Watch over me brother as I walk through the valley again."
Q of CP

"I would like for one of the members of the Thomas family of San Diego, Ca to please contact me. my email is allaboutmike83@yahoo.com. I think we have something very exciting to speak about. Thank you."
of usa

"Hey Mike, the kids and I still think about you all the time! We are doing good, still hoopin it up! I miss you man!"
The Sandoval family of Boise, ID

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

Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Doc J.

I used to be your senior corpsman, at 29 Palms, Ca. It was a great pleasure to get to know you, and to have served with you. You will always be remembered, and you are a hero to all of us. Fair winds and following seas shipmate.

HM3(FMF) Baldonado. Albuquerque, N.M."

"Doc J.

I used to be your senior corpsman, at 29 Palms, Ca. It was a great pleasure to get to know you, and to have served with you. You will always be remembered, and you are a hero to all of us. Fair winds and following seas shipmat.

HM3(FMF) Baldonado. Albuquerque, N.M."

"I served with J at VMU-1. My heart goes out to his family. He always put a smile on my face. He will be missed. I've had a fallen soldiers bracelet made in his name that I will wear with pride."
Sgt Wright of Portland Oregon

"Dear Mrs Johnson, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Michael is a true american hero. He is my hero,my godbless you and your family, Mrs Johnson"
Hm3 hansen/ FMF Desert Storm Vet of bradenton fl

"I didn't know Michael, but I know his daughter. She has talked about him so much the past few months that I felt compelled to read through these memorials in tribute to him. In seeing pictures of him, I now see that Alexis is the mirror image of him. What an amazing father to go along with such an amazing daughter. I can't wait until she sees all these warm loving thoughts for her father, it will help comfort her in dealing with having her daddy being taken away. Peace and love to all."
Katie of Michigan

"Thank you Michael for your sacrifice. To the family and friends of Michael, please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss. Michael and I were in Field Medical Service school together before we were both stationed in 29Palms. I have a photo of the two of us hanging out in my barracks room way back in the day. I posted it on the door to my office along with what happened to him so my colleagues know of his sacrifice."
Michael Kyweriga (former HM2, 7th Marines Regimental Aid Station, 29Palms, CA) of Eugene, Oregon

"A soldier lost, is never a soldier forgotten. On this Memorial Day, I am paying homage to you for your sacrifice. You are greatly missed."
Sha Boykins of Little Rock, AR

"I never knew him, but he is a friend of mine. I know he is missed by his family and all of us fellow corpsmen. He is a hero to all of us. I love you my friend."
HMC (Ret) Rod Early of La Porte, IN

"Hey Mike, it's now officially been 6 years and I can't say things are cool knowing that your family is without you and that we lost a damn good corpsman to a war that makes no sense. I ask myself everday "Why are we still there"? I guess when I begin to answer my own questions is when I will get my answer but then they'll say I'm crazy. So maybe things are better left unanswered it's just a shame we have to lose so many before we realize the mistake of it all. I wish your family well and will continue to carry you and them in my prayers. I wasn't at the service yesterday it's hard to go to Johnson Hall with unknown faces. Know one there except for a few truly knew you or what you stood for all they know is that you are a hero! To bad they never met you because you were so much more then what they know (a son, a brother, a husband, a great friend). God Bless your family and I'll see ya when I get there. Much love!"
Keisha , MCRD 2002-2004 of Camp Pendleton, CA

"Hey Mike! So last night we released the balloons up to you! Your godson had soo much fun writing to you on his balloon and watching it go up in the air."
The Thomas Family of San Diego

"You will never be forgotten and neither will the "Recruit duck walk" My love to your family on this day!

HM2 Rivera
MCRD 2002-2004"
TaNisha Rivera

"3/24/09: Mike! tomorrow marks 6yrs since you left us! tyrone was asked to speak at your ceremony mcrd is holding for you, but he has decline due to the staff there are all new faces except for him and ms. june, & deborah! He also said that he didn't want to have to say the whole "political" speech, when those who really knew you, don't agree! I know I may upset those that stop by here to pay you respect epecially the hardcore supporters, but they don't know you like we did. Of course you gave the ultimate sacrifice! (everyone who is K.I.A/M.I.A and who does not support the cause of why it started has!) Yet, 6yrs later, we're still there, and the lost of others are still on the rise! anyways, my friend, we're going to do our little memorial for you tomorrow w/ the release of the ballons!!!! I know you'll enjoy seeing all those balloons in the sky for you to grab! you're remembered daily! P.s. I'm sad to hear that your not around your godson as much now a days! He says that you go bye bye sometimes, lol. Well, whatever you do, just don't be play'n w/ him and keeping him up all night like he use to when daddy was deployed! Thank you Mike for being around T'Shon! *cause when 'ur around him, 'ur around us!*"
The Thomas Family of San Diego, Ca

"March 15, 2009
To the family of Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michael Vann Johnson, Jr.:
Michael 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Thank you Michael or your sacrifice. From a Vietnam Corpsman, Semper Fi. I love you.

Mike Skidmore"
Mike Skidmore of Igo, CA

"Michael, thank you for your sacrifice and your deadication. Please guide me and the rest of your brother Corpsman who are still serving. We are proud of you. Rest in Peace."
HM3 (FMF) Tim Moore of Camp Lejeune, NC

"michael i know your in a better place i miss u man we grew up together and worked at hardees for years i will continue to have you in my heart and remember all the good times we shared even though we both know JAFAIR was better love you brother and ill see you when i get there."

"To my best friend Michael, Hello Mikey I had been searching for you for years. I should have known that you where somewhere taking care of business. As kids we played every chance that we got. You have a very special place in my heart. I remember when we used to practice at turning back flips, you never gave up even when you fell on your head time after time. You never showed fear. I love you man. My thoughts and prays go out to your mother, sisters, and your wife. I never got the chance to say good bye so save me a spot in heaven. I will see you later. Your name and legacy will Never be forgotten.
Love your childhood bestfriend, Apollos"
Apollos Boston of Niigata, Japan

"HeY MiKe: I can tell 'ur having a great 'ol time w/ 'ur Godson. I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical when he first brought u 2 my attention, and U sure did get me 2 react when 'ur Godson told me he was watch'n t.v. w/ U. It brings a constant smile 2 my face and a warm feel'n 2 my heart 2 know that U r constantly around him! (and around us)"
The Thomass' of San Diego, CA

"The soldiers do not speak. Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses: who has not heard them? They have a silence that speaks for them at night and when the clock counts. They say: We are young. We have died. Remember us. They say: We have done what we could but until it is finished it is not done. They say: We have given our lives but until it is finished no one can know what our lives gave. They say: Our deaths are not ours: they are yours they will mean what you make them. They say: Weather our lives and our deaths are for peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say: it is you who must say this. They say: We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning. We were young. they say. We have died. Remember us:"
William Taylor of Bonita Springs, Fl.

"To Michael Johnson's family, as long as God will let me remember Michael, I will always remember his smile and laughter. There was something very unique about it. He had been my roomate in Corps School for a brief time and occasionally we would talk at FMSS. Finally, after we arrived at 29 Palms and went on our seperate assignments, I can say I was happy to have met him. I did not know him very closely. But, with all honesty I miss him being here.
So may the Lord Bless You and Keep You and Your Family during Michael's absence."
Michael Mendenhall of Corpus Christi, Texas

"Dear Cherise, I just wanted you to know that Cheryl and I talk about you and Michael a lot. We will never forget. Because of your request I have now done more then 1235 free portraits! Love, Mike Reagan www.fallenheroesproject.org"
Michael G. Reagan of Edmonds, WA

"5-26-08*MeMoriaL DaY MonDaY!* Jus' came by 2 say that u r thought of 2day & everyday! We love u and miss u! The Thomas Family!"

"To the family of:Michael Vann Johnson,Jr. I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief. He died a hero defending freedom and we are so grateful for anyone defending our freedom.
Know that I am praying for the peace of God that surpasses all understanding for you and that one day we will all meet in Heaven where we will rest in the arms of Jesus.
If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with please call my Pastor at Gateway Community Church, Reverand John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd Covington Ga. 30016 Phone 770- 787- 1015 (fax)770-787-8215.Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew"

"I had the pleasure to meet and serve with Michael and loved every minute. He was a good friend and someone that I miss daily. I hope that he is remembered as he should be, as an awesome friend and an even better Corpsman. I will always remember you my freind.
HM3(FMF)Frey, C.A."
Christian Frey of San Luis Obispo, CA

"5 years have gone by.I know your looking over Cherise and I want her to know that your spirit does live on and you will never be forgotten. Happy early Birthday, Mike! Well I ran across a poem that I wanted to dedicate to you. i believe it is appropriate for everyone, I hope you enjoy......


No glory found in tragedy,
....With eyes denying pain-filled tears;
As waterfalls halt over masses of hurt---
....Where a loved life fuses with our fears;.

We must not question God's purpose,
....Though comfort won’t comfort the empty space;
And during this period of bewilderment---
....Remember--- they're in a better place.

For God is too wise and too trustworthy,
....To give leverage for any one mistake;
The King of Kings would never consent---
....A burden our families could not take.

So feel the angel wings of consolation,
....Wipe away any outpour of tears of sorrow;
And feel the radiation of a lost smile---
....That we'll hold in the distant tomorrow.

Even with the void that fills our hearts,
....Unable to wholly vanish or erase;
They now wear God's crown of paradise---
....Forever resting in a better place.

Heaven is rejoicing that our angel
....Is now without hurt and melancholy;
For they have been deemed eternal life---
....And our tragedy, is heaven's glory.


Gone but not forgotten!"
Keisha of Camp Pendleton, CA

"Just wanted to say sorry for your lost. I know how it is out there, I spent 10 months and 17 days out there and if I had to leave this life that's the way I would go. Fighting for something I believe in and surrounded by people who I trained with. You family members life is not in vain. He did what he had to do when he had to do and for that I appreciate him and you all for supporting him"
HM3 Leon of Pearl Harbor, HI

"Hey Mike.
I come by here a lot, though I don't leave my words each time. I guess b/c I talk to you all the time at the little shrine we have in our home for you. As you know, your boy is suppose to be deploying soon, and I spoke w/ Cherice and she promises to come out here to stay w/ me for a while and visit w/ y'all Godson. I'm really happy that she will finally get to see him! I know it is hard for her to come around w/ your boy here at home w/ me...so I don't blame her at all for the delay! She spoils him like crazy, just like she spoiled you!!!! She really loved the personalized plate frame I sent her...I told her to do her personalized license plates the same as mine!!!! I constantly remember the last letter Cherice received from you...and wrote to her to tell me not to worry and that Tyrone will be fine. I want you to know that I truly appreciate you writing that and along w/ God's armor I do believe that you had a hand in bringing him home safe...and I'm just asking you once again, to keep him protected, and as sane as possibly while he deploys once again!!!! We miss you Mike!"
The Thomas Family of San Diego, CA

"I just wanted to pay my respect to Doc Johnson and his family. A lot of people don't know how we get to pick which company we get to go to ,but on the day when the 3/5 Docs got to pick I actually picked the company Doc Johnson went to. Because Johnson was a third class and I was only a E-3 at the time they made him go instead. After finding out what happened it really hit me. So I deeply send my condolences to his family and my respect to YOU DOC JOHNSON and I will live my life to the fullest. You will always be alive because I will continue to tell your story.

Semper Fi! Get Some! 3/5"

"I just wanted to leave my respects to Mike's family and to all the families who have lost their Corpsmen during the times of conflict. I lost a lot of my buddies during Nam and I haven't forgotten them. They will always be with us."
Ross E. Nutt HM1

"Doc, I was also there with you that morning. I still remember the sun comming up and seeing you smile like always. We shared a few jokes and loaded up to head out. I wish I could have known that a few minutes later that you would be leaving us. I miss you Doc. You are always on my mind and I do the best I can to honor you in the way I lead my life and train my Marines. Once again I hope to laugh with you as i stand gaurd at those gates. Miss you Doc."
Sgt. Legg S.M. of Yuma, Az

"Hey Mike,
It's the holidays and I was thinking of you and how right around this time you and Thomas would have the recruits probably doing something stupid. It's crazy to think about how much time has gone by. I still can't believe it. You are always in my thoughts for your friendship, bravery and the pride you took as being a navy corpsman. You were/are one of the best corpsman that I have ever worked with. I drove by the smart center (Johnson Hall) a few times but never managed to go inside. I wonder if your memorial is still there. I saw Thomas and his family at a function and he looked great. He's hanging in there. I heard that HM3 Lewis named her son after you..... that's awesome! Man, I know MCRD will never be the same from when we were all there. Those were the good old days. I'm at Camp Pendleton now (my husband and I just finished his tour in Hawaii). Camp Pen is cool because I'm still working with the green side but nothing will ever amount to those of you I worked side by side with at MCRD (it will just never be the same), even with me being a civilian nurse you guys never treated me any different and I thank you for that. Mike, your family is in my prayers this holiday season and I know we'll meet again. Miss ya doc. Never forgotten! R.I.P
Much love.........."
Keisha of Richmond, VA

"Corpsman: My cousin went down in Fallujah--very bad wounds, probably fatal if a corpsman had performed what anounted to surgery under firefight conditions and saved his life.

If that was you, thank you. If it wasn't, thank you for what you did for our guys. We've had two family members in the Marines: one in the 2/5, my son, the other in the 3/1. Rest in peace, Son. God has never made a mistake, and he will look after you."
Jim Porter of Phoenix, AZ

"Hi, I went to school with Mike. We attended Parkview High School together. He was one of my close friends. I heard the news on the news in 03 but didn't think about searching a website. I have some pictures packed away, I made a memorial in my photo album. I will try to post them. I loved him dearly, he was like a brother to me and I miss him terribly even though we didn't keep in close contact after school he left an impression on my life. He was the sweetest guy around! And he had the tallest hair!!! It is odd to see him in the pictures without any hair. I am trying to put a c.o 95 group on facebook with a remeberance for him. I just started so it may take me a bit. My sympathies to you and the rest of the family!"
Kerri Martin (Moore) of Little Rock, AR

We'll always miss you man...its been awhile now, but I still remember you well, and how devoted you were to the mission and getting home. Hell of a corpsman let me tell you! RIP homie!

Mrs. Johnson,
I didn't meet Mike until he was sent to my BAS to begin training to go to Iraq. He was sent to Weapons and I was in 1st Platoon. Still 3/5...The entire thing went down about a football field away from where 1st Platoon was. I'll never forget it...Mike was a fun guy to be around, and very well respected for his decision to go to Iraq...the rest of us had no choice in the matter. Nice man, fun, social, and devoted to what we were doing and to you as well...take care and god bless you and your lil one."
HM3 Otis Miller II of San Diego

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

"As a Corpsmen myself, it is hard to write this. I have Served with the finest People I have ever met. No Civilian will ever understand "Corpsmen Up". To the wives of fallen Corpsmen and or Husbands of the fallen, understand this; Its a Passion to save troopers lives. Those lost gave everything so we could have Life. I SALUTE the grieving and respect the passed. Never forget, fly the Flag and tell everyone your Husband or Wife was a Hospital Corpsman."
Jim Cooney of Albuquerque, NM

"Dear Mrs johnson,

No words can ever express the sympathy I wish to express for your loss. I can a sure that Micahel died among those who loved him. Even after 39 years it isn't uncommon when former Marines discover I had been a "Doc" they treat me as if I was God Himself. Those who served with Michael will never forget him and those who will follow his foot steps will honor him. I fly a flag 24/7 in honor of those who gave a full measure especially for the Marines and Corpsmen. Semper Fi to all Marines and Corpsmen."
Doc Thompson, HM2 68-74 of Solon, Iowa

"Regarding Michael Vann Johnson, Jr

It is said their is only one way to become a Marine.

"Always earned, never given."

As a former Marine, I can tell you from personal experience;
there are NONE we consider to be more "Marine" than our "Docs" (Corpsmen).

God bless your family.
May Michael Vann Johnson, Jr "rest easy.""
Dr. Jay Jones, Corporal USMC 1967-71 of Sun City, California

"First off my condolences to his family. I knew Michael from when we were in 29 Palms with 1/7 Weapons Co. Also deployed with him to Okinawa, Japan. I still get choked up seeing his picture. He was a good guy and he is definitely missed. Semper Fi Devil Doc!"
HM2(SW/FMF) Lopez of 29 Palms,CA-- VA Beach, VA

"I didn't know HM3 Johnson..but was over in Kuwait with the Special MAGTF. We kept a picture of HM3 Johnson in our BAS as a memorial of sorts.
When one of us dies, we all shed a tear.

formerly "Doc Davison"
jerry davison of Tacoma, Wa

I want you to know I think about you and your family everyday. I talk about you to all my buddies and tell them what really happened.... I tell them everything I know about you. My son has gotten so big, and I continue to remind myself that he is running around with your name, one of the bavest corpsman I know who gave everything to save few. I know your family is proud of you and I know you are chillin up there watching over all of us. I miss you J a lot....
Some day the MCRD crew will meet again.... all in good time my friend...."
Mary Marks/Lewis HM3 of Uss Nimitz, San Diego CA

"hello i am currently in the way to become a hospital corpsman, all i have to say is that hospital corpsman are selfless individuals, they leave loved ones behind but only to protect and serve the ones who make their loved ones lives happy and free of fear. go corpsman, GO USA.go navy. corpsman johnson rest in peace and god bless you. ooo rah!!!"
rod of sewell, nj USA

"From one "doc" to another. You are not forgotten. We will carry one with our duty."
Doc Goodson of Pensacola, Fl.

"May 30, 2007
To the family of Michael Vann Johnson, Jr. Michael 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Hi Mike.
Today is Memorial Day 2007. As always, YOU were on our mind. We decided to take the kids to see Shrek 3 at Edwards Cinema (Mira Mesa: If I'm not mistaken, I think thats the only theater We all would go to back in the days) Anyways, soo before we seen the movie we ate lunch and the hostess sat us next to this couple. Well, I didn't want to mention anything to Tyrone b/c I wasn't sooo sure exactly where his mind was at today so I just kept quiet. Finally the guy spoke to Tyrone...apparently they knew of eachother from basketball when he was stationed in Hawaii...but Tyrone seems to think he also seen him around MCRD...well...after the couple left...Tyrone said, "WOW!, he resembles Mike"...I told him, I know! My point is: I know he wasn't you...but just the fact that we (Tyrone & I) haven't been to the movies in years and today we go to the one that all of us use to go to together, and to have been seated next to a couple and the guy resembled you was like a sign THAT YOU WERE LETTING US KNOW THAT YOU'RE W/ US. Thank you Mike, for the memories that we were able to have w/ YOU. Thank you for being Tyrone's sidekick...and boy when y'all was together y'all was silly. We love you Mike. AND MEMORIAL DAY ISN'T THE ONLY DAY THAT YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS....YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN."
The Thomas's

"Hey brother I have looked at this page many a tiimes but it's about time I left a message. I still remember the first day I cheked into 29 and doc Mo showed me to where the 81's stayed. I shared a head with you, Lahey and Dodd were my roommates. You took care of me taught me what it meant to be a corpsman. I'll never forget the day of Marine Corps martial arts when we made Lahey and Dodd tap out. Navy representening!!! Then you escaped... orders away from division...Until that day in Kuawait when I heard...Doc Johnson...Michael Vann??? yeah him, died in combat... my heart sank...my mentor...the first corspmen I ever worked with...died in combat...the brother who froze at winter bridgeport..the one who called Abecia, what was it, "bucket head"...the first corpsman I ever worked with was dead. I miss you brother every day. I'll never forget you man. There is so much to say... I sit her with tears in my eyes remembering you!!! You will never be forgotten. I miss you brother."
Tim Burnett of Sedro-Woolley, WA

"to the johnson family
although i don't know you nor did i nkow your husband but as a fellow hospital corpsman just starting my young career i know that i love this job and just know that your husband died fighting for what he believed in and doing what he loved im sure i myself am soon to be deployed im sure to fight in this war as well with the marines to protect and heal them when they become ill or injured we are greatful for your husband and for your sacrafices that i know you had to make so thank you and my deepest sympathy to you all i wish you well and just remember what i said he died doing the job that he loved i am sure and served his country to the fullest."
Schaffer,chris (HN) of bethesda,MD/USA

God bless you so much. I miss the days when we played cards together during CAX in 29 Palms. You were the one who taught me the importance of knowing the game of spades during a field op. And do you remember when we deployed to WTI in Yuma, AZ and you corrected me when I failed to Salute superior officers because they didnt wear they're rank on the collar of they're flight suits? I wonder if in heaven you can remember the time that our wives met at a christmas party? Rarely a day goes by that I dont think of you and the sacrifice that you made for us Marines. If I am ever fortunate enough to have a son, I can only hope that he is half of the man that you proved to be in life. I will forever be proud to have called you a friend. God bless you and the family that you left behind."
Timothy Herring (Former Marine Corporal} of Gainesville. FL

Today, instead of celebrating a big 3-0 w/you w/ some loud music, a barbq, You & Tyrone playin' eachother on the xbox or ps2....We are sittin' here, NO loud music, NO barbq and NO games on the xbox/ps2...and now...JUST THINKING OF YOU. We don't want to use the word Happy b/c there's nothing to be happy about...so instead....We just wanted to let you know that we remembered today...and its all about YOU. We know your always around....as you know 'ur always in our thoughts!!!!! We love and miss you Mike!!!!"
The entire Thomas Crew of San Diego

"Cherice, we are remembering your family and "Doc's" friends and loved ones~
Your son's sacrifice will never be forgotten. Semper Fidelis~"
Linda L, 3/5 Marine Mom of California

"Hey Mike, How are things up there? I know you are looking out for us all. How's that choir? I know your singing and playing ball. Man, it's been 4 years since you were called home. I remember it like it was yesterday when we were all at MCRD working hard or sometimes hardly even working (smile). I'm glad we had the chance to meet and work together. It was hard returning to the Smart Center to work but walking past the chairs and remembering when you played "follow the leader" with the recruits and the smile on your face made it all worth while. You are a hero! Man it's crazy how everyone misses your smile but it's good to know that you have not been forgotten.
MCRD is having a memorial service today and I was unable to make it but you know your always in my heart. Much love to you! You take care of yourself up there and keep smiling. Cherise, I hope it's getting a little better. I know there is no one that will ever take Mike's place. He loved you so. Hang in there!
Gone but Never Forgotten. RIP, Mike!"
Keisha of Richmond, VA

"To the Angel in the sky. Right now Mike ... Ashley and I are talking about you. The day of Memory and tomorrow is your birthday. Around today and tomorrow is Billys hardest part of the year. We will remind him that you are his Angel now and looking from above."
Ashley and Angel of Boise, Idaho now

"Hey Mike-
Today marks exactly 4yrs since you left this cruel world to go back HOME :(. MCRD is having a memorial for you tomorrow, unfortunately, we won't be able to make it, but I'm sure you know that you are always remembered through out the year here in our household. Until we see you again, Continue to rest in peace. We love you Mike."
Tyrone, Trish, Shay & T'Shon Thomas of San Diego

"You sacrificed so much for this country, your family and for so many others. Some people forget that military dependants (spouses/children) sacrifice a lot too. Being a military man I understand; my older brother Ben is an HM3 doing his 2nd tour in Iraq. Mike, God bless you and your family. May the Lord be with all those serving and who have served in the sand box; blessings to the Marines and Hospital Corpsmen."
Staff Sgt Canty of Tinker AFB, OK

"Rest in peace doc, your sacrfice has only harden this corpsman's commitment and sence of duty.

God bless ya doc."
HN Vawter

"To the Johnsons's Family:

I did not know Michael but he is like another child of mine.

For the past two years, me and my family have joined the Navy in their tribute to HM3 Johnson.

As long as I live, I will be there every year.

I would be very thankful if this message could reach the Johnson's family, as I have a message for them from those who will, in fact, never forget.

Por Siempre Fiel,

Sandra Aceves,

Proud USAF Mom,
San Diego North County Blue Star Mothers
Blue to Gold Liaison,

Proud GSM of HM3 P.O. Fernando "Doc" Mendez-Aceves, USN
KIA Ar Ramadi, Al Anbar Province, Iraq.
April 6th, 2004.

"Doc" Mendez' mom of San Diego.

"Hey Mike, Just thinking about you. I miss you man. Ashley and i are doing great and the kids are too. Justen also says hi. We will never forget......."
The Sandovals of Boise, ID

"Just thinking of you brother. Miss you. Semper Fi!!!"
Doc "Mo" 1/7 of San Antonio, Texas

"Semper Fi, Doc."
Just another Marine of Fort Sill, OK

"hey mike-
so yesterday 11/28/06 marked the official day that this "war on terrorism" out lasted the civil war... which i'm sure u know what i think of whats going on!!!!! anyways, i'm stopping by to say that you're always in our thoughts and you'll never be forgotten!!! u already know this!!! your godson...i'm trying to get him into superman...but for some reason..he's not liking superman right now...i wonder why?? and i know t'shon sees you b/c every time we walk down the stairs he points up to your picture!!!!(especially in the morning) all i want to say is...if you're coming around him can you do it at night to keep him company in his new bed...but please don't keep him up...lol. we all miss u."
the thomas family

"May you find peace my Brother."
Dave M of Massachusetts

"Few things in this world could better exemplify the selflessness shown by the volunteer members of the United States military. Everyone knows the sacrifice the Marine Corps makes with its “first in – last out” involvement in our history of conflicts. However, the men and women of the Navy who volunteer to mend their bones, stitch their wounds and drag them to safety while under fire are too often neglected.

Michael made the greatest sacrifice a person can. He placed his family, his life and his future on the line to help, protect and defend the people he served along side. It is this level of trust and commitment that illuminates the hearts and minds of our people when the darkness of doubt, despair and desperation threaten to take them.

I love my country, but not for its land, laws or legacy – but for the people like Michael that make it their home.

I wish I could have met Michael and all those that have given their lives to make my home warm, safe and full of hope."
Chad Alan Brown of Virginia Beach, VA

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. As a former Marine, I know Corpsmen are always looking out for Marines, Be it during a Hump(Conditioning Hike) they're making sure we change our socks and stay hydrated during breaks to platoon and company sick call to combat, they're always there taking care of us Marines and after reading all the reflections left here for Michael I know he did the same and more.

Semper Fi Doc!"

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. As a former Marine, I know Corpsmen are always looking out for Marines, Be it during a Hump(Conditioning Hike) they're making sure we change our socks and stay hydrated during breaks to platoon and company sick call to combat, they're always there taking care of us Marines and after reading all the reflections left here for Michael I know he did the same and more.

Semper Fi Doc!"

"Dear Ms. Johnson:

Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss. Your husband must have been an extraordinary man to do what he did, and serve his fellow citizens as he did. I am an RN myself and know something of taking care of others in need. Serving the ill and injured is a difficult job in the hospital; I cannot imagine how tough it must be in the field under fire. Corpsmen who serve with the USMC are a breed apart and exemplify the highest and most noble traditions of our military and our nation. To give you an idea of the esteem in which I hold Corpsmen, I tried to becomeone myself but was unable to due to being overage. Despite that disappointment, I hold and will continue to hold the greatest admiration for men like your late husband. There's no greater love than a man who lays down his life for another... and that what Corpsmen and medics do...they risk their own lives to save their comrades. Although many Corpsmen are armed, and will fight if necessary, their primary mission is the saving of life. I'm sure your husband's face was a welcome and reaassuring sight to the wounded and ill in his unit.

There are those who question the sacrifice of men like your husband and their mission in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Don't listen to them. His service had meaning, and helped make the world a better place. Of that, you can be sure.

Again, please accept my humble thanks for husband's service and that of your family.

God bless you and yours."
P V Farmer of Elk Grove, IL

"I forgot to mention I am proud to have been at the Dedication cerimony at MCRD San Diego."
Kevin Bunn of Laurel, Md

"I served with 3/5 from 00-04 and was very sad to hear of Doc.Johnson, LCPL Owens and Maj. Nave all fell within a couple days of each other. I pray your family is doing well. Semper Fi! http://www.myspace.com/leatherneckoif"
Kevin Bunn of Laurel, Md

"You are a true American hero, godbless you and your family, history will remember the honorable sacrifices that you and all other navy hospital corpsman have made in this conflict, as well as all of the other wars this country has been involved in."
Josh of Island Park, NY, US

"you gave all you had now its my turn to stand."
doc thomason 2nd battalion 6th marines of iraq

"Doc J,

Your memory will live as long as there is a Navy & Marine Corps. May your soul rest in Heaven."
J Irvine HM2(FMF), 3/7 1st MarDiv of Back Woods, LA

HM3(FMF) Clint Wright here. Just thinking of you and did a search. I want to say it was a pleasure serving with you in 29 palms, CA. You are my Hero! Thank You for your sacrifice so me and my family and friends can continue being free! You will remain in my thoughts and prayers. See you when I see ya!"
Clint Wright of Winnsboro, Texas / USA

"HOSPITAL CORPSMAN E-3 OCASION, Thank you for allowing Michael to even be in the Navy to help all of us brothers and sisters in harm's way. It's what we were trained to do, but being a corpsman...it's what we were born for. I love ya Michael"
Alan Ocasion of Kahului HI USA

"Not a day goes by that I don't say a prayer for my brothers in Iraq. Many days a tear comes to my eye. When 9-11 occured, it seemed like there was so much patriotism in the air. It pains my heart to see that so many displayed flags have dissapeared. Mine will fly until the day I die. May those that have given the ultimate sacrifice never be forgotten, and bless those that are serving. I am a former hospital corpsman with 2nd Battalion 4th Marines and ready to reenlist to serve with my fellow brothers in Iraq. Thank you all for willing to serve this country. It's "the land of the free, because of the brave.""
Christian D. Gassler of Lakewood, CA. USA

"I was doc johnsons roomate in twentynine palm CA. before the war started. doc was definately the coolest layed back roomate I ever had. Ill miss you doc semper fi"
Lcpl. M. Macias of CA.

""DOC" Johnson and Family,

I am truly sad that this is the first time I am coming across this Memorial. I am a former HM2 who served with 4th MARDIV 3/25 India Company and although, I never knew Doc Johnson am grief stricken at losing him. Corpsman are a special breed and together a family. My old Gunny use to say we (DOCS) were a little crazy but we had courage and determination. There is a saying from a cartoon that describes corpsman well. " A corpsman is a long-haired hippy with little military bearing, who would RUN through the very gates of HELL to help a wounded Marine. I honor you Doc Johnson and want to Thank you for your honor, and sacrifice to God, Country, and Corps. Semper Fi my brother!

Very Respectfully,"
HM2 Jason Henry of Nashville, TN USA

"I served as an infanty medic with the 101st Airborne Division from 1974-78. I treasured the title "Doc." I believe that there is a bond among all those in our Armed Forces who are there to aid and console the wounded. Of all the jobs available to pick from before we even enlisted we chose that of medic or corpsman depending upon the branch of service. I loved my guys. I can tell by all these letters that Doc Johnson loved his guys,too, and they him. THAT is the real and most lasting of all tributes. God grant his soul peace. May His strength be yours."
Todd "Doc" Wallace of Bardstown, Kentucky


"I'm the one called "Doc"...

I shall not walk in your footsteps,
but I will walk by your side.
I shall not walk in your image,
I've earned my own title of pride.
We've answered the call together,
on sea and foreign land.
When the cry for help was given,
I've been there right at hand.
Whether I am on the ocean
or in the jungle wearing greens,
Giving aid to my fellow man,
be it Sailors or Marines.
So the next time you see a corpsman
and you think of calling him "squid",
think of the job he's doing
as those before him did.
And if you ever have to go out there
and your life is on the block,
Look at the one right next to you...
I'm the one called "Doc"."
HM3 (SW/AW) Gonzalez of Yorktown, VA

"Thanks for the ULTIMATE SACRAFICE and making this country stay free! SEMPER FI!"
HM3(FMF)Scott Reid of RTC Great Lakes, IL

"Thanks, Sailor! The Marines love their corpsmen like brothers! Rest in Peace, buddy!"
James Carter of California

"My deepest sympathies to you and your family. My name is HM2(FMF) Robert Merritt. I retired July 2005. Stationed with 1st Mar Div Camp Horno. I just wanted you to know that your not alone in your grief.Your husband is and always will be in my memory. I wasnt there but I have been and know how it is. I will pray for you and your family.
GOD BLESS and Semper Fi!"
Rob Merritt of West Milton, Ohio USA

"Hey Mike, man I miss you a lot. I remember us playing basketball like it was yesterday. You have given me the strength to go through life every day at a time. My son Justen says hello, and he misses you too. He says he can still beat you on Xbox. You will never be forgotten......"
Billy Sandoval HM3 of Boise,ID

I served 80-84 I rely on my training till this day as a civ paramedic your loss is our loss say hi to "Chesty" REST IN PEACE DOC OOH -RAHH SEMPER FI"

"Peace be with you and your family. Semper Fi."
HM3 (FMF) Scott D. Roth of Chicago, Illinois

"I was stationed at NMCSD at the same time as Michael. I knew him only in passing, but i send my condolances. I hope and pray that your family does well."
HM3 Erik J Belty of NavHosp Sigonella, Italy



"Please accept my sympathy for the loss.
God shall protect the M.V Johnson, Jr. family.
My prayers are with you always."
Emeka Willie Obiozor, Author: WHITE FOR BLACK (www.funtales.com) of Cambridge, Maryland, USA.

"Mrs. Johnson:
My condolences go out to you and your family. I just saw this page now. but have thought of your husband since OIF 1.I worked with Michael at 3/4 and at VMU-1. I do remember meeting you once. I remember the last time I saw him. we where in Kuwait gettin ready for the E5 test. we talked a few minutes and then we said we would talk some more after the test. well i was one of the last people out of the test and your husband left back to his camp. I think maybe saw him one more time after. I guess we thought we would see one another again. well the night that he died i was only couple of miles away. I heard the gun battle and some of the radio traffic. later that night i found out a Corpsmen and couple of marines died. This was the same time we found out one of are marines died in route to hospital. I asked around to find out who it was that died. I had a feelin it might be him I didnt find out till end of the war that it was your husband. I was in so much shock cause i just saw him at the test. I remember goin on field ops with him to Camp Pendleton with VMU1 i remember being on 12 hours shifts at night at 3/4 with him. Now he was gone. :( Since then i have known couple of more Corpsmen die. ALL the fallen will always be in our hearts and never be forgetten."
HM2 (FMF) Woehlet, Clint of Camp Pendleton,CA 1st MLG

"I just found this site from an unrelated Internet search.

I was quite deeply moved by the emotion that floods from the comments here. (Find me somewhere else where actual emotion jumps out at you........).

What a lucky person T'Shon is – What a great meeting you had with your GODDADDY! Excellent & quite beautiful words. Fantastic concept. Thank you to the author. Nurture that child in Michael’s memory. (As if you won’t!)

I ask myself, about this stranger to me – this man from 6,000 miles away – what has caused such emotion? Why has this struck at the heart of so many people? Why am I affected? Look at what people are doing, what they are signing up to. Look at the goodness of declaring how you knew this man, or how he (and his situation) has brought people to give of themselves and of their desire to associate with this man. How special was he? Clearly, its because of the love this man has generated. His love of life. The love he commandeered, the love he put out to others. That love which he shared. What an awesome ability – that he was able to generate such emotions. I can easily see why he is so missed. Why was he taken so early?

What a loss to you all; Cherice, family, friends, comrades, people who follow him in his work, random people like me who read & am so impressed by the incredible commitment from so many people to make their mark, so personally, upon this memorial site. I can only offer you all, even those who only just heard of him - I offer my condolences to you all and the knowledge that I will remember him & his loved ones in my prayers also. Would have loved to have spent some time in his company. Sounds a funny guy!

Thank you for your sacrifice. For me & my family, too. For our freedom.

And, from my heart, to “y’all in the USA” who are involved; Thanks to you for such great sacrifices on behalf of others, not just your own countrymen, but for me & my kids as well. I wish the world was different and this everlasting pain & horror never had to occur. It is with us & I never fail to profess my view that your people are buying & securing the freedom of us all. No politics. My own views. But pointed & very clear & deliberate views.
April 10th 2006.
Aidan Fawell-Molloy of Southsea, Nr Portsmouth, Hampshire, United Kingdom.

You are so very missed...I will never forget what you said the day you got the phone call at MCRD to go...You told me if you went you knew you weren't coming home....If I knew then what I know now....Wow.....I remember telling you "don't say that we will all see you when you come home..." Well you are home and I hope it is very peaceful. I wanted you and Cherice to know that I named my son after you...well it is his middle name....Jaedon Tyler MICHAEL I respect you for everything that you did...and I thank you for making MCRD a brighter place...I miss you J....You were an awesome friend....awesome corpsman and an awesome sailor......Take care and shine down on your family and friends J....
I know you are watching them very closely....."
HM3 Lewis, Mary of San Diego, Ca


"The dedication, courage, bravery and sacrifices made by young men and women; brave warriors such as Michael will never be forgotten!"
HMCS McVey of 4th Marine Logistics Command, Knoxville Tennessee

"Dear Doc: May you always be remembered for the lives you saved. -- HM2 Hawkins (1992-96)"
Tim Hawkins of Austin, TX (and) Baton Rouge, LA

We just wanted to say that we Miss you and that you are not forgotten. Thank you for the memories that we were able to have!!! We love you!!!"
Tyrone, Trish, Shay & T'Shon Thomas of San Diego

"To My GoDDaDDy MiKe...
On March 25, 2003...
The Family left on Earth,
will now hear & see.
The news of your passing
to come home to Thee...
With tears in their eyes.
and thoughts..."how can this BE!!!
This can't be True, It has to be a mistake..."
But we up in heaven were waiting for you at our LORD'S GATE!!!
You told me all about my SOON TO BE FAMILY.
You said my Daddy will be Tyrone, your
mommy will be Trish. You already have a sister who has chubby cheeks, that if you were to have met her...you would want to pinch!!!!(and i would just laugh...ha ha ha)
You told me that both you and my Daddy loved playing basketball on the courts and on the T.V. (something about Playstation or Xbox) so once I get to Earth and see my Daddy playing something I'll just start laughing and being crazy...because thats what you both would do.
You told me that you have a Wife, her name is Cherice and a cat named Maka.
You told me that Cherice will Love me Like her own and that my Mommy will ask her to be my GODMOMMY.
You told me that it will be a while for my Godmommy to meet me because of "circumstances"...I asked you,
"GodDaddy, what does that word mean?"...you laughed and said, you will soon see but don't worry...my Godmommy loves me!!!!!
Then the day came GoD said it was time,
You taught me all I needed to know...
about this FAMILY OF MINE!!!
I looked at you scared to leave all that I know...
but you said to me, "don't worry I'll always be watching over you!"...but now,
Its been 3 years since I first met you...1 1/2 years since I left you...
I know you're proud of me as I am of you.
I know you're watching over me as you Promised You'd do!!!

"Hey Mike today is the 3 year mark of your passing. MCRD will never be the same. You were one of the best corpsman I've ever had a chance to work with. You will never be forgotten. For Cherice, we've met only a few times but you will continue to be in my prayers and it was truly an honor to work with your husband.03/25/2006"
Keisha of San Diego, CA


"Hey dog,
I can still remember you back at MCRD clinic. I will never forget you."
Adam of San Diego

"Thank You Johnson family for your son and for his sacrifice, he died serving his brothers in arms and awoke in the embrace of God."
James S. Harris HM1USNR (Ret) of Tyler, Texas

"Gods Peace be with you and yours,"
Doc Arroyo/ USN Ret of Ft Dix, New Jersey

"I was a Corpsman from 1987-1991, and proud to be a part of a tradition of sacrifice and service. I'm very sorry for the loss of a brother. May God keep the rest of them safe."
John Young of North Augusta, SC

"Oh yea, I forgot to say something:

The Hospitalman Corpsman's Pledge

I solemnly pledge myself before God and these witnesses to practice faithfully all of my duties as a member of the Hospital Corps.

I hold the care of the sick and injured to be a privilege and a sacred trust and will assist the Medical Department Officer with loyalty
and honesty.

I will not knowingly permit harm to come to any patient.

I will not partake of nor administer any unauthorized medication.

I will hold all personal matters pertaining to the private lives of patients in strict confidence.

I dedicate my heart, mind and strength to the work before me.

I shall do all within my power to show
in myself an example of all that is
honorable and good throughout my
naval career."
HN Tabisz, Steven of Annapolis, MD

"Thank your sacrifice and best wishes. I just completed Corpsman School. I'm hoping to go with the USMC in two years after my first tour is complete aboard the USS Comfort. Thank you for your website and God bless."
HN Tabisz, Steven of Annapolis, MD

"Doc was the first friend I made at vmu in 29 palms. Hilarious, dependable, and one of those people you have nothing but found memories of. I remember sitting on the ground in the field holding our stomachs laughing. He had the whole unit saying "tree fidity" from south park, and he made some of the best nicknames and dances.. It's a tragedy that such a big hearted person left this earth so soon. Rest in peace, Mike. I have a framed pic up next to my flag."
Andrea Haakenson-Baker of Albuquerque, NM

""Semper Fortis" brother. We were in NHCS class 98070 and FMSS together. Doc Johnson is a model sailor whom I will continue to bring up to my students. Much love and respect."
HM1(SW/AW) Patrick Mangaran of Great Lakes, IL

"Semper Fi Doc! God Bless you and your family."
DocPat of Ohio

"I am a former HM that served with 3/1, CEB and 1/4 in Iraq. My prayers go out for you and your family. You are not forgotten bro."
Ryan Ainlay of San Clemente, CA

"Thanks for serving. You are in my prayers. My father was in the Navy in WW 11, my husband in Vietnam (Navy) and my son is serving in the Army.

God bless your family"
Regina Reifinger of Monroe, CT

"thank you j for all of the work that you did in iraq us as corpsman pay the ultimate sacrifice and do not get noticed as much as a higher up but to the brotherine of corpsman you mean everything to us and i can express the sorrow that i feel for you and your family"
doc v of 29palms ca usa


"I served wit Johnson and I was not far away when his time had come. Iwill always think of him as a brother"
Woodward of Mt. View CA

"I met "J", that was what I called him, when he was assigned to the MCRD clinic that now bears his name. I was an IDC student that was rotating through for a week. Being from an hour north of LR we would talk in passing, we were both pretty busy. I'll never forget where I was when I saw his name and then his face on the TV as having been killed in action. I was providing security as part of an embarked team in the Arabian Gulf for MSC ships. It was during the mid-watch, I was roving below decks and stopped in the galley. One of my Sailors thought I was kidding when I told him I knew "J". Two days later they mentioned that he worked at MCRD. Man, I hardly knew him but I am so very proud to have shaken his hand and felt that warm smile and heard him laugh. I reminded several of my classmates that we all pretty much "knew" him by having rotated through MCRD. I have every confidence that he went into the presence of the Lord in the twinkling of an eye, and he'll be there when I arrive. Smiling and laughing with alot of other heros."
HM1(SW/FMF) Rich Clements of MSD-21, Va Beach VA

"hello my name is denisho howse and i'm a little rock native, I have been deeply moved by mr. johnsons story and I want to know if there is anything i can do to bring some memorial in his home town of little rock..he was a true soldier and american hero. any one that can help me with this contact me at denishohowse@sbcglobal.net"
denisho howse of little rock, arkansas

"As a fellow Doc, hearing of Doc Johnson's death is a terrible loss to the family & the Corps. The only comfort in this time is to reflect on the pride in which he lived.
To quote Chesty Puller "You guys are the Marines doctors, there's no better in the business than Navy Corpsmen".

God bless,"
HM1 JR Richards of Camp Pendleton, Ca

"Just to say sorry for your lost. Michael will be in my thoughts and prayers. I know that we've lost a lot of good men and women who made the ultimate sacrafice serving the country that they loved and believed in."
Lt. Carl Contranchis of Gretna, Lousiana, USA

"As a former Navy Corpsman I know the pride that Michael had in serving his country and serving it with the Marine Corps. Michael will be remembered forever and with the dedication of the building in his honor his memory will live forever. Semper Fi! Thanks Michael."
Greg Rowell of Perry, Georgia

"Hi, My name is Danny and I am a Retired Navy Hospital Corpsman. I have just seen this site for the first time. I am very saddened, even though I do not personally know HM2 Michael Vann Johnson, to hear of his passing. I want you to know I am very proud beyond words of his tremendous sacrifice and heavy hearted at the same time. It is because of men and women like your husband that we enjoy the freedoms we have each and every day. Thank You! Sincerely,

Danny A. Norman HMC(SW/FMF) Retired"
Danny Norman of Santa Fe, New Mexico

"HM2/USN 1966-70, RVN 1968.

"Non sibi, sed patriae." (Not self, but country). Motto of the USN."
Doc of My beloved America

"Thank you so much for your service. You are truly an American Hero. Love and prayers to your surviving family. Without people as brave and as patriotic as yourself, we would have no freedom. God bless."
Mark Klem of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA

"God bless you, you are the angel to our prayers, the man who stood between us and the icy wall of death, the man who pulled us away from the jaws of imminent demise.

I stand here, older and wiser and happy, because you did your duty; but it wasn't a job. It was the love of your fellow soldier that compelled you. You will always be in my prayers, until I am too feeble, and it is only because of the Corpsman that I will grow so. I did not know you, but you carried me off the field, so that I have the opportunity to have the life that you sacrificed. IT WAS NOT IN VAIN! You are my guardian angel, and I feel your presence. You stand over my household; you look over me, you are my brother.

When I tell my children about myself, I will not omit you. I was brave; you were braver. You loved us and I loved you back. How sorely missed you are.

Your Brother,
An Anonymous Marine."
Jeff of Claymont, Delaware, USA

"Rest In Peace,Bro. May God continue to comfort your loved ones left behind."
Don Johnson of Tennessee

"Just a note to say thank you.....sorry for your loss"
Mark Robbins of Cambridge maryland

"Hi Cherice...I don't know how often you check this site, but for some reason after all this time, I only now did a google on Mike and here I am. I guess maybe its b/c YOU already know that I'm very SORRY FOR YOUR LOST and I only continue to hope that your days will soon be EASIER and BRIGHTER!!!! I'm sooooo HAPPY that we met through the "brothers" ....but most importantly I AM SOO HAPPY THAT WE WERE ABLE TO GET ALONG and BOND as WELL as we did. As "HARD" as my OTHER HALF pretends to be on the outside...I can HONESTLY say that inside he's still dealing w/ the whole situation...(iraq as well as the loss)...but on a brighter note....you have a GODSON who I know Mike watches over and who you have to tell all sorts of stories about Mike too. (let him know all 'bout his GODDADA)...WE ALL LOVE YOU VERY MUCH AND WE ARE JUST A PHONE CALL AWAY IF YOU NEED ANYTHING...I MEAN IT!!!! I'll talk to you soon...in the mean time....TAKE CARE!!!! love ya lots...the Thomas Family...."
T. Thomas of San Diego, Ca, U.S.A

"Thanks for serving your country bravely. You put your life on the line as you cared for your fellow marines. You displayed great courage in your job. Your name will always be honored by all corpsmen. I was a corpsman in Viet Nam and know what you had to go through. Rest peacefully Brother Marine.

Semper Fi,

Larry "Doc" Andrews"
Larry Andrews of 9425 57th Ave Ct. S.W. Tacoma, Wash. 98499 e-mail lovegunn69@hotmail.com

"May your lose be embarced with the arms of all corpsmen.Theres no greater love than to give your life for your neighbor the bible says!So to give your life while trying to save anothers even greater in God's eyes. God bless you!

Charles Hardin HM3, FMF"

"Mrs. Johnson-Greater Love hath no man,than to lay down his life for a friend. REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER!"
former HM3 C.BEAN of Belews Creek,North Carolina

"I am glad to see that HM3 Michael Johnson has had a Clinic named in his rememberance. He was a good friend as we served together in 29 Palms California with 1st BN 7th Marines back in 1999-2001. Michael was the joker in the B.A.S. when things were always hectic, he kept us going with his jokes and pranks. Even though he hated to be in the field all the time, he never hated answering the call of a fellow comrade in distress. Mike was doing his job in Iraq just as myself or any other Corpsman brother would do for their country if called upon. You are not forgotten Michael, there isn't a day that goes by when I don't think about you and your sacrifice to our great country. My condolences to your family and may they honor your memory. Semper Fi, Doc J!"
HM3(FMF) Sam I. Ramirez of 3dFSSG/H&S BN, OKinawa, Japan

"My condolences to the family of Petty Office Johnson. Take heart the Michael has stood before the Lord and heard 'Well done, good and faithful servant! Come and take your place that I have reserved for you in heaven."

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:13"
HM3(FMF) Anthony San Lucas of Loma Linda, Ca

""Doc". Words I too often heard with Kilo 3/3. Brother, thank you for giving your all in the service to God, Family and Country. Semper Fi. Rest well in God's loving arms."
HM1 C. Brake USN Retired of Knoxville, TN

"Non Sibi Sed Patriae...Not for self, but for country.

Doc Johnson, you lived and died so that America will remain forever free. Thank you, brother."
HMC Julius Mesias, USN of Camp Pendleton, CA

"There is not a day goes by that I do not think about my time as an FMF Corpsman with the Marine Corps. There's is not a night that goes by that I am not glued to the news looking for old friends. When I heard about Michael my heart sank:( My sympathy to all family, friends, and Marines who knew HM3. Fair Winds and Following Seas shipmate. hoo-rah!"
former HM3 "Ski" of San Diego

"I just wanted to say. that i am an Navy Corpsman. and i am sorry for your lose but there is no greater way to die then for your COUNTRY. doing what you love"

"Mrs. Johnson,
I did not know your husband, but I know he served his country proudly. Thankyou for sharing him with our nation. Semper Fi."
HM3(SW) Walls of Okinawa, Japan 3D FSSG

"Mrs. Johnson,
I did not know your son, but I know hw served his country proudly. Thankyou for sharing him with our nation. Semper Fi."
HM3(SW) Walls of Okinawa, Japan 3D FSSG

"Someone in heaven yelled "corpsman up", and like any good devil doc, HM3 Johnson answered the call. From a former HM3 to another, rest in peace."
HM3(FMF) T.Saine, 91-97 of Memphis, TN.

"To the friends and family of HM3 Johnson,
I cannot even begin to tell you how very sorry I am for the loss that you have suffered. I have recently joined the US Navy, and I too am going to become a Hospital Corpsman. I can only hope that I will be able to be half the Corpsman that HM3 Johnson was, and to be as respected as he always will be. My thoughts and prayers are with you."
Seaman Recruit LaTourette of Staten Island/ New York/USA

"Cherice, words do not heal the pain of loss nor quench the visions of memories gone by. In the hearts of a Gratefull nation your husband stands tall, in the memorys of fellow Marines and Sailors he is legendary. Any Corpsman who pays the ultimate sacrifice in performance of the corpsman creed shall never be forgotten. My Prayers and my Salute to you and yours."
HM3 Nicolas Guastella of Upland, California

"from a corpsman who served with mwss371 in the vietnam era God bless michaels family and he will always be remembered by those who served with the hospital corps we remember every day"
michael p curran of vamc northport ny

"God Bless HM3 Johnson, and I'm very sorry for your loss. I too, was a Corpsman during the Vietnam War. Of all the titles I've every held, the one that has always meant the most to me was "Doc". I'm sure that HM3 Johnson carried that title proudly."
Dan McDevitt (Former HM2) of Chicago, IL



"Mrs. Johnson,

Know in your heart that because of your husband's -- Doc J -- accomplishments, he has made this a better world. There is no greater love than the bond which exists between an FMF corpsman and "his/her" Marines.
Semper Fi,
Doc McTernan, M 3/9 1974-75"
Larry McTernan of Folsom, CA 95630

"From an old Vietnam era Corpsman, God bless you and your family in this sad time. Your husband's sacrifice is not forgotten by those of us back home."
Mike Scully HM3 of Saunderstown, RI

"All Honor to those who fall protecting and caring for their fellow man. You have done your best, now rest in honor."
Doc Byars, HM1, Echo 2/1 VN '65- of Reno, NV, USA

"'To a fallen brother'
You will always be remembered in our hearts.."Corpsman Up" God has called you for a higher purpose now..To your family, our prayers and hearts are with you, let our strenght be your strenght. God bless."
"Doc's" of past and present


"To think that nearly two years has passed since we were summoned by the President to do our jobs while in harms way. Not a day has passed that I don't think about your passing. From Corps School in Great Lakes to playing basketball tournaments in Okinawa. You always had a smile. You will forever be missed shipmate. To the family of Michael, my prayers have been with you since that awful day and continue to be with you till the pain is relieved. God Bless"
HM3(FMF)HERRERA, JOSEPH of Camp Pendleton, Ca

"To "Doc J" and family,
I can't begin to tell you how sorry I am for your loss Mrs. Johnson. I have a hollow pit in my stomach at the thought of one of my lost hospital corpsman brothers. I can only give my prayers and thoughts at this time and hope they comfort. I also hope that you and family feel the love and respect for Michael that we all have. HM2 Johnson, Your memory will never be forgotton."
HM3(FMF/SW) del Castillo, John

"may GOD be with you and may you rest in peace..."
formerly HM3 de la O' 29 palms RAS, 3/7 ddelaoo@yahoo.com of fresno,ca

"God bless you from a future Corpman."
Senior Recruit Luke F. Cournoyer of Spingfield, Massachusetts USA

"As a former 1/7 Doc, I offer my condolences. Rest in Peace my brother for that you will always be remembered."
HM3(FMF) RRR 92-00 of Portland, Oregon

"Doc Johnson,
Though we never met, I feel for ur loss. I too am a Corpsman, know that could've been me or anyone of my fellow shipmates. U did ur job well, and paid the ultimate sacrifice. Nothing that I could ever say can ever bring u back. Though I wish I could. I remember finding ur name in the paper, and see how u were lost... I felt anger and depression, cause we lost one of our own; but I know that ur life was taken from u, and in doing that, there are many people that u've probably helped throughtout ur life. I wish the best to u, and ur family that u leave behind. Rest in Peace, doc."
HN Ricardo Torres of Naval Hospital, Pensacola

"I would like to express my condolences to the family of DOC Johnson. I met Doc Johnson while I was stationed in 29 Palms 1/7. We later deployed to Okinawa together in weapons co. Johnson, no matter the situation, always had us laughing. He was a person that everybody gravitated towards. Doc J you will always be in my thoughts and prayers. You are one of the many that gave the ultimate sacrfice, for that I THANK YOU Godspeed."
Michael Sanchez of Palo Alto CA

"I am a corpsman wife right now and my husband who is in 3/7 will soon go to iraq to do the same for our country as your beloved husband did too, I want to thank you and especially your husband for giving us our freedom and protecting us, I know how much us corpsman wives have to sacrafice, your husband although i have never met him will be missed, we navy wifes must stick together in this time of war, God Bless you and your family, Rest in Peace...Corpsman Up!"
Eva Cabrera of 29 palms, CA,USA!!

"I know this is long overdue, as I am awaiting my second set of orders to Iraq. I was there with 3/23 WPNS CO in 2003 and never new Doc Johnson...for this I am deeply pained! I was fortunate enough to come home to my family once and I pray to be fortunate again. Though, like Doc Johnson, I have seen my higher calling and I will try to continue the honorable tradition of service in his absence. Gone but not forgotten DOC. May God bless you and your family for your sacrifice, so that others may go on! Semper Fi! See you on the other side my brother!"
HM2 D K White of San Diego

"Any Corpsmen or Marines that came before me is my father, any Corpsmen or Marines served in Vietnam is my brother, and any Corpsmen or Marines that currently serving is my son. Doc Johnson is a true hero and is among his brothers in heven now, I know that he died preforming his job with the courage that will keep our country alive, he is truely missed and will never be forgotten by his family or brothers."
Hm3 Samuel Brumley USN 1967-68

"Doc J, your memory will live on forever in Johnson Hall, thanks to you, Mrs. Johnson, as a Navy wife you too have made the ultimate sacrifice. May God bless you and your family."
Doc S of Liberty Twp, Oh

"Doc J. You will never be forgotten. You gave the ultimate sacrifice. I just returned from Iraq. Thought I was dead so many times but came home alive. Thank you for what you did. You are a true hero. Semper Fi"
Doc Kop of Corpus Christi Texas

"Thank you Michael for so bravely caring for our injured troops. A corpsman's job is of the most dangerous and respected on the field of battle. You will be rewarded for your kind deeds by the supreme healer. God Bless you. From a very grateful American family"
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"as our Lord said"no greater gift can one man give than lay down his life for his brother" God bless you corpsman Johnson . navy hospital corps there is no other. God bless your family and may your family always know a corpsman never dies in vain"
michael p curran hn 72-76 mwss371 of mastic beach ny

"There are no words that can asuage your grief even though all this time has passed. This was a Husband, brother, son and friend. May you all know that Doc Johnson was a member of the most respected Corps of all The hospital corps; and that he followed in some very large and well tread foot steps. God bless you all. May God ease your pain as only he can. Hoorah Doc Johnson."
Fmr HM3 (FMF) Marcus Williams 92-97 of Seattle, Wa

BM3 (civillian e.m.t.) CRUZ of Union City, Cal. USA

"To Doc Johnson's family, please know that the loss of your son and husband was not in vain or for nothing. Freedom is not FREE and the price is paid by brave Americans like Doc Johnson, may he rest in peace and never be forgotten....... God Bless you all... Andrew E. kline ( E-4, USAR 1994-2000) and son of former HM-2 Corpsman Eugene E.Kline , Vietnam 1964, Watsontown Pa."
Andrew Earl Kline of Watsontown Pa. USA

"God Bless you for your sacrifice..... Thank you and may you rest in peace for eternity."
Leah Banks HM3 USNR of Las Vegas, Nevada

"May the peace that passes all understanding be yours in these days before you are reunited. Fall back Doc, your job is done,"
HM3 Pat D (fmr 3rd Btn 10th Marines) of Ohio

"Mr. Johnson,

Please rest in peace, and rise at the morning of the first resurrection when you hear Christ say "Corpsman Up!".

With utmost admiration and honor."
"Doc" Matt Banks HM2 87-92 of Azusa, Ca

"Mr. Johnson,

I wanted to thank you for keeping my family free. Thank you for serving this great nation, and thank you for making me remember that freedom is not free. I had a very dear friend that was killed in action in the first days of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lance Corporal Jorge Hernandez was his name. I know that the COrpsman in his unit tried to save him, but was unable to because of his injuries. I know that the Corpsman brought him back from where he had been hit. I know that he risked his life, even though it was obvious that Jorge was dead. I can only imagine your love of life. I can only imagine what you would have done for my friend, and I would like to thank you for it. Thank you for my Freedom. Thank you for protecting me. Thank you."
M. Manzano of Perris, Ca USA

"Cherice, you are in my thoughts on this veteran's day. I hope that you find joy in whatever you are doing. Mike remains in my memory as a hero for all americans."
former "Sister" Sakamaki of Provo, UT

"Doc J is a brother for those Corpsmen who went before him, and a hero for those who will follow. Rest in Peace, and may God bless his family."
HM2 (FMF/NAC) Jared Castro of Ventura, CA

"My condolences for those who loved you, to know that you served your country and your fellow service members with honor and loyalty, my heart goes out to you. May the lord be with you and watch over your family..."
former HM3/PMT of Green Bay Wi

"Doc Johnson and Family,
I give you my best, as you are a part of the best. Navy Corpsman have been long giving themselves to the Few and The Proud, and you gave your all. You and your family are in my prayers, and you will forever be remember by the Hospital Corps. Thanks for doing what you did. Mrs. Johnson my heart goes out to you, the Hospital Corps lost a great one, and so did you. Thanks for all that you do to keep him remembered.

Very Respectfully,"
HM3(FMF) Burger, N.W. of Btry R 5th Bn 10th Marines 2d MarDiv N.C.

"May the Lord richler bless Doc Johnson family. I am proud to all the sailors, marines and soldiers serving our nation. Thank you for making our country free. I will never allow another anti-war movement in this country as what happened in Vietnam. God bless.

Former Doc Jorge Verdeflor HM3 1991-2000
Camp Pendleton, CA"

""God bless you and your entire family.
Michael J. Caldwell,
former HM3 72-76"
Michael J. Caldwell of Glennville,Ga.USA

"Doc Johnson,
You once worked for me at 1/7 and you will always be remembered , and to your family, always know Vann will always be a hero in the eyes of those who knew him . God Bless you all."
Ken Ishmael HM1 / USN/ RET of Medford Oregon

"Thanks shipmate! You have left a fine example for all to follow. May God Bless your family. I am so proud to be your brother in arms. I knew you from Pendleton back in 1997. Thanks for your friendship."
HM2(FMF)Johnny C. Lamm of 1st FSSG, Camp Pendleton, Ca

"Michael Vann Johnson will forever be branded in my mind. I have never crossed paths with that corpsman, but I have a whole lot of respect for him. May he rest in peace."
Exion Huynh HM2 (8404, 8478) Searcy, AR of Sheppard AFB, TX

"You will never be forgotten. Thank you shipmate for what you did."
HM3 Bowers of newport, ri/us

"It is a blow to the Hospital Corps and the Marine Corps when we loose a brother. We only go on our own free will and would not trade that for the world. Respetfully,"
HM3(FMF) Kyle Rigby of Wilmington,DE, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

"God Bless You from a future Navy Corpsman."
Seaman Recruit Minyard of Quinlan, Texas

"God Bless You from a future Navy Corpsman."
Seaman Rcruit Minyard of Quinlan, Texas


"God Bless you and your family!
M. Roger Harvey HM2 1966-1969"
Roger Harvey of Chicago, IL

"Mrs. Johnson,
We do not know each other but I would like to tell you that my heart goes out to you and your family. You are in my prayers and may god bless you."
Corpsman's wife, Virginia Holley of Arlington, TX

"Mrs Johnson, sad to say we never met. But my husband and I had the chance to meet your husband through Billy and Ashley. Very nice man your husband. You and your family have been in our prayers. And in our hearts. God bless and know that we are so proud of your husbands service ..."
AD1 G, US Navy of San Diego, Ca

"Mrs Johnson, sad to say we never met. But my husband and I had the chance to meet your husband through Billy and Ashley. Very nice man your husband. You and your family have been in our prayers. And in our hearts. God bless and know that we are so proud of your husbands service ..."
of San Diego, Ca

"God bless you from a former Navy corpsman."
Chris of Georgia

"To the wife of Michael Vann Johnson, Jr.:
I know nothing I can say can make the pain go away, but I hope it brings you some comfort to know that we grieve together and I understand your horrible pain. My husband, Justin Linden, died June 4th in Iraq. I pray for the friends and families of all the fallen soldiers every day, and so do many other great Americans. Michael will never be forgotten and his sacrifice will be remembered and appreciated forever! I know he was a hero! I am truly sorry for your tragic loss."
Sarah Linden of Portland, OR USA

"My sincerest regards for my fallen comrad and his family."

"Cherice, I am very sorry for your loss, I am a corpsmen as well and served in Iraq with 2/25 in An Naseriah in 2003. I would be honored if your would allow me to honor your husband in the Marine Corps Marathon this November and run it in his honor. HM2 (FMF) Wilson"
Brad Wilson of Nashua NH. canuckmedic@hotmail.com

"Rest in Peace, my brother in arms."

"We are so sorry for your loss. If it is any comfort, my husband and I are training our children to love and respect their country and to honor the brave men and women who serve us all, even giving their lives. We do not take lightly the sacrifice your husband made for our freedom. Know that God sees you and will watch over you..."
Teri Suiter of Waterloo, Iowa USA

"Dear Mrs. Johnson...
I was stationed with Mr. Johnson at 3/5 last year. I see that Mr. Labonte, and Mr. Bittle have both written kind words, and I would like to as well. I really would like to send my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Mike was a very friendly guy. He was the one person that I met in my life that smiles more than I do. I'm sure that MCRD is more than happy to have a clinic named after such a wonderful man. Mike was not only smiling all the time and trying to keep everyones spirits up, but he was extreemly confident, that everything was going to be alright. When you hear good things from someone, and have it told to you with a smile that shines from here to Japan, who's day couldn't help but to feel that much better. Mike and I went to protestant services together before the war began, and he would sing, sing, sing, with his hands held high and of course that smile on his face. The memorial sevice for Mike in Iraq was hard to deal with, but we knew that Mike would be with us, and see us through until the end, shinning down on us with his great smile. I'm stationed now at 32nd Street Branch Medical Clinic and I have left all that time last year behind me at Camp Pendleton and in Iraq, but Mike is one memory that I will never try to leave behind me. Again, all my love to you and yours. Take care now...Otis Miller"
HM3 (FMF) Miller, Otis of San Diego, California

"there seems to be quite a few soldiers lost in Iraq. Last I heard there was a few left and Im not sure mine is comming back. I am so sorry for your loss."
cheryl of Pennsylvania

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God grant your family comfort and peace during this time of sorrow. May you forever rest in peace. Thank you. You will not be forgotten."
a grateful citizen in arizona

"Thank you for being true a hero. All My thought and prayers to your family."
HM1 (SW) Vargas of Corpus Christi, TX

"I am very sorry about your loss. I didn't know Mr. Johnson, but since I most likely will join the Navy after I graduate from high school next year, I feel like he was someone I would trust and look up to. Again, I am very saddened by your loss and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers."
Burke McGoone of Apex, NC

"I served with 1stMar. Div. Vietnam 69-70 I feel your loss. I am aslo proud to be counted as one of the few who know the Pride HM2 Johnson felt in being a Corpsman.
We all will have a special place in Heaven"
HM3 John Hinkle of Oregon, Mo

""I ve been to two combat deployments and know what its like to lose a brother of the service. May god be with you and I promise to keep the role of a hospital corpsman alive""
HN Chad J. Contranchis USN of camp lejeune,nc

"Doc, I don't know you, but I sure won't forget you. Semper Fi."
HM3 Jeff Wiener of Bahrain

"The U.S. Navy Hospital Corps is the only enlisted corps in the Navy and has a distinguished history. Every Marine and sailor knows the important role the corpsman serves; on and off the battle field. It is the highest honor for an enlisted man to be called “Doc”. Petty Officer Johnson's family and friends can be proud in the fact that he made the ultimate sacrifice serving his brothers in arms and his country. - Alton Coleman (HM3 1982-1988)"
Alton D. Coleman of Acworth, GA (USA)

"I could never be anymore proud than knowing that I share the same title as HM2 Johnson... that I can call myself, a Navy Hospital Corpsman. He set the standard that not every Corpsman can stand up to. It's not hard to be called a Corpsman, but not every Corpsman can be called "DOC!" You have to earn it from the Marines who nicknamed you that. To my fellow Corpsman out there... "earn it". God Speed "Doc" Johnson. I'll shake your hand when I get there."
HM3 Ancheta of Fleet Hospital 3 Pensacola, Fl (hometown San Diego)

"I am so sorry for your loss. I am saddened to hear that a fellow corpsman has lost his life. You are in my thoughts!"
HM2 John Darst of Yokosuka, Japan

"To the Johnson family,
My heart goes out to you. I can not imagine how you feel. As I can see though, the support from this site is amazing. Many people pay their respect to you as I am doing now. My time was spent with 3/2 2D MarDiv and 2D Combat engineers as an 8404. I respected the Marines just as much as they respected me. I am sure they felt the same about their "Doc". The one sound that you never wish to hear is "Corpsman up!", yet when we do, we do it with pride and courage. So I say in these words, May Doc Johnson rest in peace and watch over you. Semper Fi."
Donald "Doc" Brost, HM3/8404, 91-98 of Kissimmee, Florida

"HM2 Johnson is a true hero, and God Bless him and his Family."
HM2(FMF) S.A. Thackwray of Okinawa, JA

"God Bless you and your family!"
HM2 Chavez of Tinker AFB, OK

"You'll be in my thoughts as I run the Marine Corps Marathon this year in Washington D.C. Semper Fi bro, go easy."
HM3 Damon Baldini 8404/8406 of USS Bataan (LHD-5)

"Cherise... you may not remember me, then again, you may. My name is Brandon Linzy. I was stationed with Mike at MCRD San Diego as a fellow Company Corpsman before I separated in December 2002 from Active service. You may remember a few occasions when Mike and I sat over at your house and composed music. Me, the hiphop lyricist, and Mike, the R&B singer. Us, and a keyboard. I remember Mike urging me to MC our clinic's Christmas party one year and laughing as I made a complete fool of myself by the end of the night. I remember Mike and HN Keith Sandoval often rushing off at lunch to play some pick up ball at the gym there at MCRD. Mike would always stop to invite me though I rarely said yes. I remember HN Sandoval and Mike coming with me down to Tijuana, Mexico just to see me perform my music at a few small dives there and toss back a couple of cold ones). I remember we were both stunned that fateful morning on 9/11 as all of us stood there in the clinic's lounge and saw what we saw on the television. My best wishes and most heart felt condolences go out to you here with every syllable of every word while my prayers continually lift you to God, toward Mike, Cherise. And To Mike- Man...thanks for always smiling and thanks for being my friend. I know you're singing in Heaven; and I know God's chorus there has a solo just for you. I was blessed to know you. I want you to know that I got my nursing liscense recently and have been hard at work in the push to finish and release my first Underground HipHop album soon here in San Francisco under the name we so often contemplated: Knowledge. There'll be a track specifically for you... I'll never forget! -Brandon Linzy, former Hospital Corpsman, BMC MCRD San Diego email: knowledge_the_empera@lycos.com."
Brandon Linzy of San Francisco, CA

"Mrs. Johnson
I was one of the corpsman that responed to the CASEVAC call to pick up your son and the Marine he was giving aid to. From what I know about the story, is that Michael was and is a hero. He was cared for w/ the most respect and I know that there are Marine out there that owe their lives to Michael. Thank you for a such a great Man/Hero"

"I worked with HM2 Johnson with 2nd Batallion at MCRD San Diego and everytime I came to work, I knew I'd laugh again like every single day knowing HM2 Johnson was there."
HM3 Sheila Cruz of Okinawa, Japan

"To Mrs. Johnson my name is Pedro Quintana lcpl USMC I served with doc "J" man that was my boy it is true he always had a smile you could never take away! we was some spades playing fools. He was a good man and a true friend he never let no one down. I wish you the best of luck. and to my boy doc "J" man we love you just remember you still cant see me in some spades!! one love "Q" Kilo 3/12"
Pedro Quintana Jr of Yonkers N.Y.

"It seems that history is always repeating itself. I was the senior corpsman of Golf 2/7, 1st MarDiv, Vietnam. Sept. 67 - March 68. In the short time I spent with Golf I lost two close corpsman friends, both KIA. I was shot and medivaced March 26, 1968. Prior to Vietnam I was the senior corpsman of Fox 2/8, 2nd MarDiv. for one year. I see that 2/8 is also in the news today. The only thing I would like to say is please support our troops while they are there and when they come home, be understanding. War and combat on a daily basis changes ones outlook on life and sometimes the reajustment to normal living lasts a lifetime."
Philip Cyr HM2/FMF of Eagle Lake, Maine

"I just happen to run over this site. I'm in Navy bootcamp right now and once I get out to the fleet I'll be a hospital corpsman. I'll dedicate everything I do and every life I save to HM3 Johnson."
Seaman Recruit Leon of great lakes, Illinois

"DOC Michael Vann Johnson,Jr.,you made the ultimate sacrifice,thank you ,i got so much respect for you man!!! God Bless You Mrs. Johnson"
"DOC" HN Wagner,Terry of Iraq,from hawaii,stationed at camp pendleton

HM3 Shoemaker(fmf) of 24 MEU CAMP LEJEUNE

"Rest in peace my fellow hospital corpsman. May god bless you and your family. HM2 Mitchell"
Paul Mitchell of Brooklyn New York

"To Remember Them..In loving Memory..Its been a year..

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

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

"I was a Navy FMF corpsman (HM2) formerly attached to the 2nd MARDIV & 3MARDIV 25 years ago. During the course of the war I watched every minute of it as the events played out. It deeply saddened me every time that I heard that a US serviceman was killed or injured. I would like to add that that feeling was greatly magnified when I heard that it was either a marine or a corpsman. These young men go into harm's way not with the intent to take life, but rather to preserve it, sometimes with deadly consequences to themselves and (or) their patient. I tell you now, there never has nor will there ever be a shortage of fine young men who willingly take up the cause. These men do it for God, Honor & Country. Semper Fi Michael!"
Kirk "Doc" Leon of Long Beach, CA

"Mrs. Johnson,
I am a young HM with a little over two years in the Navy. I leave soon to go to Iraq with 2d Marine Division. I was deeply saddened upon hearing of the loss of your Husband. I hope that it gives you comfort knowing that HM2 Johnson left this world doing what he wanted, helping others. Always know that his memory is carried in the heart of all Corpsman and Docs.
"Some angels don't have wings, we call ourselves Corpsman"
God Bless and take care."
HN Cody West of BMC Norfolk

"To the family of HM3 Michael Vann Johnson.My deepest sympathy. As his letter said, "realize that he is in heaven with God". Tomorrow, March 27, our Command here in DFAS Pacific will be having our annual Military Dining Out. I'm one of the chosen one to pay tribute to our fallen heroes. It is my greatest honor to choose Michael. I only knew Michael through papers i have read. He gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. He is our hero.."
Vincent Valenzuela, DK2 (SW), USN of DFAS Pacific of Honolulu, hawaii

"To the family of Petty Officer Johnson;
I cannot even begin to understand your feelings on your loss of your son. My condolences and prayers go out to you and your family. although I didn't know "Doc J" personally, I am a corpsman and hearing of his loss almost a year ago, has struck me also. He gave his life in the line of duty, one of the most honorable things for any human being to do. May God bless you and your family, and I would like to let you know that he will never be forgotten. He will be a part of our proud corpsman history and tradition to where our present and future corpsmen will remember our brother, shipmate, and friend.
Petty Officer Johnson...thank you."
HM3 Jose Barrera USN of Camp Lejeune, NC

"To the family - I served w/ Michael in Iraq. We checked into 3/5 together and had gone to many trainings together. I was wounded 10 April in Baghdad and have never been able to pay tribute to Michael or contact his family. I've searched for numbers and called everywhere and can't get any information on how I can get in contact w/ the family. I'm still outpatient at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center in MD. I can be contacted at 301-493-8884
Please contact me - I wanted to set up a memorial for Michael at NNMC. I'm still searching and will never stop until I can speak w/ the family to let them know How much we all cared about them and Michael. God Bless"
HM3 Ted Bittle of North Bethesda, MD

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

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

"I'm sorry to hear about your loss of a fellow hospital corpsman, your husband. I just recently got out of Great Lakes, IL where i went through bootcamp, HM "A" school, and where i worked at the zachary and elizabeth fisher branch clinic on NTC side. I have been in for approximately 8 months now and i love being a corpsman. I am ready to help out this country just like petty officer Johnson did. Next stop is FMSS in Camp Lejeune, NC. I'm not assigned to the 2nd Marine Division this rotation, but i hope i am after my shore duty is up. I just want to thank your husband for everything he did for the Navy Hospital Corps and i also want to thank him for helping motivate me to do my job when it comes down to those two words..."Corpsman Up". Thank you so much."
HR Seisman of Delta, PA

"I am a recent Retired Hosptial Corpsman. I want to extend my sympathies to Petty Officer Michael Vann Johnson's family but also to his fellow Corpsmen and Marines who served with him. They lost a true friend and a brother. He died doing his job never once thinking about his own life accept that of his fellow Marines. He is called to a higher calling now, but leaves behind a legacy which few of us can fullfill, many appreciate. My salute to him!"
Petty Officer Diana Dillon of San Antonio, Texas

"Mrs. Johnson you and your family are in my prayers now and forever. My fellow corpsman will always be standing in my world. He served his country, and was going beyond the call of duty to the end. He left doing what us HM's love taking care of people and for that I respect him.

Formerly HM3 Davis"
SRDavis of stl

"I remember when HM3 Johnson got to us at 3/5 when we were gearing up to deploy to Iraq. He came in to the BAS with a few other Corpsmen from San Diego. Out of all all those Corpsmen he had the biggest smile on his face and I don't think that it ever left. Even when I saw him in Kuwait that huge smile of his was still there, extremely heart warming knowing what we were about to go into. I remember piling into a tent every Sunday to worship and seeing Johnson with that smile again singing in the choir. Slapping his hands together and worshiping the Lord. Talking to him a couple of times, his morale was definately one of the highest out of the Marines and Corpsmen, and that's what we needed most. The day that he was killed was one of the saddest days of my life. My prayers are with your family, for I too know how it feels to lose someone I charish. I will always remember the smile of that Battlefield Angel, the one they call DOC Johnson."
HM3(FMF)LaBonte, Andrew of Camp Pendleton, CA

"I am a former Army medic, now a homemaker married to an Army artilleryman. I am here to offer my deepest sympathy to the family of "Doc J". May you find strength and comfort in the Lord Jesus at this tragic time."
Terra C. of Fort Drum, NY

"I was a graduating classmate of Michael Johnson, Jr from Parkview High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. As I remember him he was always fun to be around and walked with a smile on his face. He will be terribly missed as we plan our ten year reunion for the Class of 1995. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Tenesha Isum (Jones)"
Tenesha Isum-Jones of Little Rock, AR USA

"I am a former Hospital Corpsman and would like to say You will never be forgotten and you truly lived up to our oldest tradition of "CORPSMAN UP". You are true hero and an Idol to young Corpsman. R.I.P
Bless you and your family for the ultimate sacrafice."
HM3 Goodell of Camp Pendleton,CA

"Michael was a good friend of mine. We attended high school together. We used to hoop together, I still remember those "hops" he had, he could jump out of a gym. When I heard the news that he had been killed in Iraq, I was truly upset, I can honestly say that he was one of the greatest guys I have ever met. I attended the funeral in Little Rock and was so hurt, yet moved by the speakers there. When I left I could not drive I was so hurt by his death, because you do not truly believe until they are taking them away. Like his dad said and I will say again Mike is my hero. I will never forget him, I think about him daily, and I wonder why bad things happen to good people, because Michael was truly one of the good ones. I miss you man and god's speed to you and may god bless your family."
Troy Hill of Little Rock, AR/US

"I remember serving with Doc Johnson when he was assigned to 1/7 years back. I always remember him walking around with a smile on his face. Please know that him, and the family he leaves behind is in my prayers."
Jeff of Wichita Ks

"Michael, your bravery, courage and commitment to take the caduceus where it's most needed -- harm's way -- shall forever stand as the essence of who you were. It is an honor to dedicate the 2004 novel titled "The Red Caduceus" (Llumina Press) to you. Your service and sacrifice as a hospital corpsman makes all corpsmen reach for a higher standard. Gerald Strand, author, Naval officer, and former Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class."
Jerry Strand of Venice, Florida

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

"I'm currently a Recruit Division Commander (RDC) at RTC Great Lakes. I see first hand the quality of sailors that are going to the fleet. HM3 Johnson fell in combat, but I can honestly say, that there are motivated recruits ready to answer the call like HM3 did. RIP SHIPMATE"
IC2 (SW) Cawthon of Great Lakes, IL

"Dear Cherice Johnson, as a former Navy Petty Officer I feel your loss of Michael Vann and I pray for all the men and women who are now serving for the good of the Nation. I don't always agree with US policy but I support all those soldiers who are giving their lives for us. God Bless You and your family."
P. Robinson of Midwest, Wisconsin

"I served in the Navy as Corpsmen with 3rd Bn 7th marines. I never got to see combat. It is what we trained for and I guess I am blessed that I never saw combat, but would have fought by Doc J's side if I was there with him. I did not know him but Im sure I would have loved knowing him. God Bless all Corpsmen, Marines and all who fight for our country."
Eric "Doc" Slaton of Anniston, Alabama

"To Jhonson, our paths crossed few, But I still remember you, Your death came fast came sudden, why we all did our duties, you gave the most.To your family God bless you,From your fellow Corpsman thank youFrom your country you honor us."
Charity Ann HM3 Grable USNR of San Diego,CA NMCSD

"I honestly don't know where to begin! We have all lost a brother in a fraternity of men and women whose only wish is to help their fellow comrad in arms, in times of peace and unfortunately war. Our thoughts and heartfelt sorrow are with you and HM3 Johnson's family, friends, the fellow marines in HIS charge, and fellow "DOCS". May G-D bless you all today and in the future. We will never forget your families sacrifice to our freedom!Sincerely,James Walker, HM2"
James Walker, HM2 of Florida

"I am A marine cpl who served with doc "j" in Iraq. the morning of the 25th our plt was ambushed by iraqi rebles My machine gun vehicle was directly in front of his the Marine that was in control of the weapon on that truck was first struck as an RPG sailed through the window on the truck and hit the top of the door on the drivers side in the back seat. Doc J was sitting in that seat as the rpg struck. The gerbnade never blew up it was the propellant that caused a blast and took doc J's life. He was in the vehicle pulling the trigger on his weapon just like the marines. He was always the first one to be there if any of us needed medical attention and he was just as quick to be in the fight right along side us!"
respectfuly Cpl A usmc

"To the Family left behind I would like to say that Doc "J" was a great corpsman and a wonderful person. He was with me the day befor the accident and I worked with him Often for he was caat plt's corpman. I never met a more dedicated man when it came to taking care of marines! I had to witness what happend and I will never let his memory go! to all of his family be very proud of what he did because he did more for us than anyone could ever know! god bless."
Cpl Adam Erway of Mira Loma Ca.

"For the family left behind: Thank you for your sacrifice or prayers are with you. Being a Corpsman is the best profession in the military, it is such a giving profession to go and save ones life. We are sorry for your loss. HM3 Johnson, will always be a HERO."
HM3 and Mrs Korey Graettinger of Wherever the military takes us

"As a fellow corpsman, a fraternity of soldiers dedicated to healing others, Im truly sorry for your loss"
Dave Fry HM3 of Tucson, AZ

"I want to say sorry to the family of corpsman Johnson for their loss. I also lost my brother HM3 Moreno in this fight for Iraqi freedom. My brother was also from Balboa Naval hospital. I wonder if they knew one another. I just wanted to give my condolences though I know from personal experience nothing could ease the loss of a little brother. All that we can hope for is that their lives were not lost in vain. You have my empathy. Im so sorry."
Sharlotte Moreno Kingston of Lemoore, Ca

"The “Real” Heroes

The mortar shell lobs its way in;
It lands with its usual thud.
The crack of a sniper’s rifle,
Makes you wish you were buried in mud.

The exploding shell does its damage;
The Marine in the sniper’s sights lies shot.
Suddenly, frantically, the call goes out.

“Corpsman! Corpsman! DOC!”

He knows he must enter the target area.
Where his chances of survival are thin;
But he never hesitates to answer the call.
Knowing a Marine’s life depends on him.

An FMF Corpsman is a Navy man.
Trained to help the wounded and sick;
He may be called to treat a private or a colonel,
For an amputation or just a nick.

Many times he is completely un-armed,
With only medicine and bandages in his kit;
His “secret weapon” is his courage.
Which brings him to wherever a
Marine is hit.

Fourteen corpsmen have received the Medal of Honor,
Seven of them, their lives they did give;
They lingered where no one else would go,
So that other Marines might live.
But for the capture of Iwo Jima,
Airman fatalities would have continued to mount;
Thus, the number of lives saved by corpsmen’s dedication,
Perhaps, are too numerous to count.

I know a corpsman, who after the heat of the Pacific,
The bitter cold Chosin Reservoir became his “beat”;
He continued to attend the wounded and suffering,
Until, he too, was hospitalized with frozen hands and feet.

Hollywood has portrayed as heroes, Pilots, submariners and commanders of tanks;
But to combat Marines, the real heroes are the Corpsmen,
And it’s about time we all said thanks!

We thank you for patching us up;
Some of us might not be here today without you.
We thank you also for our buddies you tried to save;
We know, with each one who died, so did a part of you….

Author unknown"
HM3 Murphy of Vero Beach, FL

"Michael is seated next to the lord God, may you find peace and solace in the fact that Michael’s grace will now be shared with all mankind. HE IS A HERO! HE is a “Doc”! And he WILL NOT be forgotten!!"
HM3 Murphy of Vero Beach, FL

"To the family of HM3 Johnson,
My deepest sympathy to all of you. I am a former corpsman. Take solace in the fact that to be a corpsman sometimes places more importance of saving the life of a fallen comrade than oneself's own safety. He made the supreme sacrifice to save a life of a Marine. God Bless..."
David Greeley of Terrell, TX

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

"To the family and friends of Hospital Corpsman Third Class Michael Johnson, Jr.:
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 Michael 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 Hospital Corpsman Third Class Michael Johnson, Jr.:
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 Michael, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"You are not gone from us as we will remember you always. Know that you are loved and appreciated, and that each of us is eternally grateful for your bravery and sacrifice. God Bless you Michael and may you rest in peace."
Cindy of CA

"You went there to help the wounded Marines you serve with, and were hurt yourself, your life was taken from those that love you so much..but may God show them that you are not really gone, you live everyday in the freedom we enjoy, the bright sun we see, the calm wind we feel...May God show your family that you are never really gone..and live on forever. You are just waiting for them in Heaven. God Bless you..."
The Taylors, USMC of North Carolina

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