Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Markus J. Johnson

20, of Springfield, Massachusetts.
Johnson died in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, when an Avenger rolled over. He was assigned to D Battery, 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery, 1st Infantry Division, Kitzingen, Germany. Died on June 1, 2004.

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"June 15, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Markus J. Johnson:
Markus 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

"To the Johnson family, it has been nearly three years since the unfortunate accident that ended my battle-buddy's life in Iraq, and to this day I still think of him. Johnson and I were the lowest ranking individuals in our platoon, and did everything together down range, he had my back and I had his. He was funny and good hearted, got along well with everyone, and always smiled even on bad days. Johnson and I were together from the beginning till the end, and a small piece of him is still with me today. If you have any questions about what it was like for Johnson and I in Iraq please write me at shiakin@yahoo.com My deepest condolences."
SPC(P) Martinez, Gene, formerly in D 4/3 ADA 1st Platoon Renegades of Cobbtown, GA

"me and my husband knew markus from germany he was always fun to be around BBQ's never happened without him we miss him alot we pray every day at dinner for all of our friends that lost their lives he will always be with us god blessed you markus thank you for everything"
a friend wants to say thank you of North Carolina

"I was assigned to your sons' unit and deployed with them in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. I only met him a few times, but Markus left lasting impressions on everyone he met. I only wish I had him as a soldier. He served honorably every minute of every day. I'm deeply sorry for your incomprehensible loss. I have thanked, and always will thank, him every day for his sacrifice for his country. He is not forgotten. God bless your family."
SGT James C. Shaw of 10TH Mountain Division, Afghanistan

"9 AUG 05 - Rest well brave soldier. Your ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation."
D. Burt of Portmsouth, RI

"My heart sank when I saw Markus's picture in the local paper! I sat next to him through most of high school.... He was such a great guy. His humor lit up even the dullest of classes. He will be dearly missed. But we will meet each other soon... he went home."
Nick K. of Springfield, MA

"To the family of Markus J. Johnson: I was at a community memorial yesterday for the 1000 plus soldiers who have paid the ultimate price; all of the fallen's names were handed out to those who attended. I received your son's name; just letting you know he was remembered in a ceremony; his name was held up along with others for all to see and honor.

May the remembrance of your son bring you comfort.

Steffany Field
McHenry IL"
Steffany Field of McHenry IL

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. Look to the sky for the in the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom...the forget-me-nots of angels. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix AZ

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

"To the Family of Markus Johnson: I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. I share in your pain, as I lost a brother-in-law in Bayji, Iraq on 4/09/04. Markus is a hero, whose bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. A salute to a fallen soldier- THANK YOU, MARKUS! May you rest peacefully in Heaven."
T. Rexroad of WV

"My name is Alicia Allen. I'm to in the Army and I'm sorry for your lost. I never had the chance to meet PFC Johnson but I can understand exactly how the family must feel. It is scary for people like us, everyday wondering where your going and what's going to happen. Just to go to another place far away from home is scary and it takes more than enough bravery to leave what is home for you. I commend him for his bravery and I know that he is smiling down on us protecting us from the nightmares we face everyday. I send the Johnson family my sorrow, my pain, and sympathy. May God Bless you and I'm truly sorry"
PFC Allen, Alicia of Ft. McNair, Washington D.C.

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Markus will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Very diffucult to find words. Other then Markus has touched many lives. An those he has loved him. ALTHOUGH, I DO NOT KNOW MARKUS. I SUFFER FOR HIS LOST AS FOR THE LOST OF ALL OUR SOLDIERS AND MY SON GREG. MY PRAYS ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY!"
leonard wahl of valley stream, ny

"Dear family, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Many of us appreciate his service and sacrifice for his country."
F. Smith of West grove,Pa.

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

"To Markus's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.

Gloria Caldas (Ernie's mom) of San Antonio, TX

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

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

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

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