Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Paul J. Johnson

29, of Calumet, Michigan.
Johnson was on a mounted patrol in Al Fallujah, Iraq when the vehicle he was riding in hit an improvised explosive device and later came under small arms fire by enemy forces. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on October 20, 2003.

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"You are not forgotten brother, I have worn the bracelet with your name on it for at least 19 years now. You Were the most squared away Ranger I ever encountered, and a great inspiration. I can’t believe it’s been 20 years. You are still thought of daily. “NEVER SHALL I FAIL MY COMRADES” RLTW!!"
R.J. of Howell, Michigan

"You died right in front of me about 9 hours before my first child (a son) was born back home at Bragg. I couldn’t process what happened to you and the other guys until your memorial the next day when Chaplain Knight addressed us all on Volturno. And I lost my *.

It’s crazy to think it’s been almost exactly 20 years since then. I think about it every day. I think about YOU every day, Brother.
Til Valhalla."
Clay Jensen of Iowa

"Paul your Not Forgotten, its been 19 years 3 months and 15 days ... I have great memories of a great friend.. Ruben R. Garcia"
Ruben R Garcia

"Hey Peej! I know it has been a while since I've been on here. It is hard to believe that this will make 20 years this year! Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I talk about you so often and about how proud and honoured I am to have known you. Some days hit me hard; as it probably does many people, but we still put one foot in front of the other. I was just telling a co-worker about the Green Ramp disaster on March 23,1994. Her and her spouse (at the time) had been stationed at Bragg years before. Remember that? I showed her pictures of it and then I started talking about you. I showed her this site with you on it. Oh how I wish I could call you up and talk to you. You are missed dearly, every day. Your memory will live on through all of us. My prayers still go out to Missy, Bryan, MaPJ, and your whole family. I know the hole in their heart will never be filled, as is mine; until we see you again. You will never be forgotten, my dear friend! Airborne All The Way! I love and miss you, PJ...always and forever!"
Cindy Gray of Greeneville, Tn

"It’ll be 19yrs this year. Still think of you often and still keep in touch with your family. Miss ya brother."
Bryan E of OKC

"Paul, you are not forgotten my friend, your spirit is still abundant. I will never forget your sacrifice and your loyalty and selfless service. I'm so sorry you were taken so soon."
TERRY A BAUMANN of Dahlonega, Georgia

"Miss you man."

"Hey Sarge - You saved a lot of us that day by doing what you did. The title description on this website page does not do you justice. We all remember what happened, and we will continue to tell your story to our children.
All The Way! H-Minus forever."
of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina

"My heartfelt condolences for the loss of this outstanding soldier. I have a coworker who served beside this Warrior and wishes to find where his friend is interned. Can someone please advise?"
T Peacock Maj, USMC (Ret) of St Cloud, MN

"A. Co. 1-505th PIR, 1st Platoon

PENSIVE, on her dead gazing, I heard the Mother of All,
Desperate, on the torn bodies, on the forms covering the battle-field gazing;
(As the last gun ceased—but the scent of the powder-smoke lingered;)
As she called to her earth with mournful voice while she stalked:
Absorb them well, O my earth, she cried—I charge you, lose not my sons! lose not an atom;
And you streams, absorb them well, taking their dear blood;
And you local spots, and you airs that swim above lightly,
And all you essences of soil and growth—and you, my rivers’ depths;
And you, mountain sides—and the woods where my dear children’s blood, trickling, reddened;
And you trees, down in your roots, to bequeath to all future trees,
My dead absorb—my young men’s beautiful bodies absorb—and their precious, precious, precious blood;
Which holding in trust for me, faithfully back again give me, many a year hence,
In unseen essence and odor of surface and grass, centuries hence;
In blowing airs from the fields, back again give me my darlings—give my immortal heroes;
Exhale me them centuries hence—breathe me their breath—let not an atom be lost;
O years and graves! O air and soil! O my dead, an aroma sweet!
Exhale them perennial, sweet death, years, centuries hence.

~Walt Whitman, 1865"

"I was also on that same convoy October 20, 2003. My heart goes out to SSGT Paul J. Johnson's family, it was more than an honor to have served with him."
Mary Bigalk of Oshkosh, WI/ USA

"Hey Uncle PJ!

So I'm in the Navy now and come January it will have been two whole years already!! Time does fly when you're having fun and I've had an amazing time so far.

I wanted to let you know that your words to Aunty Suzy while she was in ranger school helped me out when I was in bootcamp. I was so worried about not getting through and when Aunty Suzy heard about it, she sent me a copy of the letter you sent her. I still have it and I got through no problems. :)

I'm stationed in Japan now and I've been wearing your hero bracelet pretty much ever since I got out of bootcamp. It has gotten a couple good scratches but not too bad. I work with computers and other equipment like that so wearing a metal bracelet probably isnt the best idea buuutt...

Everything I've heard or read from everyone who knew you makes me wish so hard that I knew you better. I've been thinking about you a lot after a couple people on my ship have asked about the bracelet and I really wish I had more to tell them about you, but the few memories I have of you are so great. Like playing hockey in the parking lot of the church by your house, how you loved your Chuck Taylors (and it took me forever to convince mom to get me some) and now I wear them all the time (no seriously, I have at least 4 pairs). Plus remembering when you and Big tried to get a botched copy of MediEvil to work on the Playstation (I still love that game and have both copies for PS1). AND of course who could forget the time I tried cutting my own hair in the middle of your guys' living room?? (I know my mom wont let me forget it hahahaha)

I miss you all the time and I hope you, Bernese, and Molly wubbas are having fun wherever you are. Love you Uncle PJ <3"
SN Noelle Johnson of Yokosuka, Japan

"Thinking of you and your family brother.
Never forgotten proud to have served with you all those years ago."
Jason Wesaw of Otsego, MI

"SSG J, just thinking of you today. Didn't have much time to get to know you, but I appreciate what I did have. Every time I look at my son, I remember meeting yours before we deployed & talking about how they're almost exactly the same age. I've no doubt your little man knows his Dad was a great guy."
1P2 of Niagara, NY

"Dear PJ,
I still have your rifle. Its clean, its loaded, and ready by the door. Doesn't a day go by that I don't turn and check that rifle and think of you. Your memory lives on sarge."
Bruce Jackson of the bush outside Calumet.

"PJ, it has been a while since last I visited. I was thinking of all the Soldiers that helped me throughout my career and you are one of them Thank You so much. When I talk of good friends I have made and great leaders I have had I always mention you. My regards and best wished to the family. Rest in Peace"
Ruben R. Garcia of Rockport, Texas

", Online pokies, >:-[,"

"Dad, I loved you since the day I was born. Ive always loved you. And even though our memories together are brief, You live throughout me. I love you dad. Me and Mom love you so, so much dad. I love you."
Bryan Johnson of Wilmington,NC

"Thank you brother for helping me bring my Sappers home safe. My thoughts and prayers are always with you."
Sapper 1 "Airborne All The Way!"

"S/Sgt. Johnson,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just in Iraq but also for your service in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Haiti as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Airborne All The Way!"

"10 years later and this day still effects me to the core. Paul was an amazing Ranger and solider and lead from the front. He served honerably and did everything for this great country he believed in. Honored to have fought and laughed next to him."
Nathan Haynie. (SGT RET.) of Portland OR

"Staff Sgt. Johnson I just wanted to thank you again for giving your life to save my brother Tim's life.. We honored you today at a gathering at my house. I promised you that my family is eternally great full and shall never forget your sacrifice and we hold up your legacy in honor. Thank you so much and I prey for your family who misses you so much. Thank you so much from the Ells"
Nick of Gilbert, az

"I still wear your hero bracket on these special days. Thank you Staff Sgt. Paul J Johnson"
Cindy of Lakeland, Florida

"Another Memorial Day, but this is every day for me, and so many others. I play Pink Floyd for you...I still owe you the Brick Wall album. I'll bring it with me when I finally see you. And help your buddy down there..."don't know what ya got till it's gone" is by Cinderella, not Twisted Sister. Yep, I can hear you laughing over that...lol. If you we're here, you and I would be giving him a hard time about that. I miss you Peej...every day. I love you Airborne Brother!!!"
Cindy Gray of Greeneville, TN

"Hey, PJ, your little namesake was born this morning!! Joe & Joy's little girl is Poppy Joy, and they are calling her PJ! You can be a proud "uncle", she is gorgeous!!"
Mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"You are safely in Heaven with Our Risen Lord! Hallelujah! Happy Easter, my dear son!"
Mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"Just want you to know, PJ, that "Your Guys" are keeping in touch with me. They are such a GREAT group!!!"
Mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"Happy Valentines Day in Heaven, to my loving son!!"
Mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"Another CHRISTMAS without you and your sister, Heidi-- Can't tell you how many times I've picked up the phone to call either one of you, and then reality sets in. Even though it's been 10 yrs. since Heidi passed, and 9 yrs. since you passed, you are both still strongly in my heart! I miss hearing Heidi's goofy giggle, and the soft "Hi Mommy" from you. Love you and miss you both so very much!!!"
Mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"Man 9 years now, still miss you brother..."
Bryan E of Okc

"I was driving home last night after playing a game of hockey and that song "don't know what you got til its gone" by Twisted Sister came on the readio. That song allways makes me think of "SGT" Jonson as I knew him at the time because we where at JRTC weighting on Tower AIR to fix the plane so we could go back to Bragg.We were hangging out on the rocks and that song came on and I saw a tear in his eye. He was a newly wed and said something about missing his wife, after we messed with him a bit ofcorse.As a young E2 I remember how cool it was to see the soft side of a AIRBORNE RANGER. He was a good leader and an even better man! Way must we loose the good ones. I was their in 2003 as well and wonder sometimes, why I made it and so many didn't. I wish Paul would have."
SSG William Wadley of Little Rock, Ar

"Today, your "Little Man" Bryan turns 13!!! Hard to believe!! I know you are watching over him from up above, and you must be so proud of him!! He looks more and more like you every time I see him ( except for the fact that he's gonna be taller than you were!) I am delighted to call him my Grandson!!"
Mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"Remembering all the lives lost on this horrible day 11 years ago at the World Trade Center, all those lost as a result of the fumes and toxins, and all those lost afterward in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, especially you, my dear baby boy!! Lord, give you ALL comfort and peace! None of you will EVER be forgotten!"
Mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"Well, PJ. You turned your Mom into a NASCAR fan back in the '90's. And your wonderful Step-father got us tickets for Bristol, for my 71st Birthday! First Row, between turns 3 & 4. WHAT A BLAST WE HAD! I knew you were there with us, when 2 paratroopers came down, with the Red, White & Blue, just before the National Anthem!"
Mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"To all my "Adopted" Airborne sons---- Happy Airborne Day!! Love you ALL!"
PJ's Mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"Hey Peej! Not a day goes by that you are not thought of...in this home or any other home. I wish I could chat with ya on facebook...so many stories to tell and hear from you. It's hard to know you are not with us here...but like your mom said earlier...that poem..you are giving her kisses when it rains. And it has been raining here. I think it is a blessing that your mom has moved down here to TN...about an hour from me. I love that! Peej, I wish I had been there with you... I wish I could have been there supporting and watching over the rest of my army buddies too. No matter how long you've been out...you still want to be there with them...it's in our heart and soul. I luv ya Peej, I miss you...but your memory still lives in me. Thank you for protecting us with your own life...you did it with PRIDE my friend! I know you're not complaining about how things worked out...you took the road you knew you were meant to take. God bless you PJ! You are our Airborne Angel!! Kiss your mom soon..and tell the rest of us hello soon as well. (rain poem)
See ya soon"
Cindy Gray Boyd of Greeneville, TN

"Nick, who is your little brother? I try to keep track of the guys my PJ thought so much of!!!"
PJ's Mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"SSG Johnson I wish I could tell you how much your sacrificefor means to our family. You layed down your life for my little brother and we are eternally greatful. I'm sorry for the absolute heart break it's brought to your family, but please know that you'll never be forgotten and your family is always in our prayers."
Nick of Gilbert, AZ

"Memorial Day coming up -- always a sad day. BUT, "your guys" reach out to us, and they have not forgotten you, and never will! My heart swells to read how much you meant to them!!!
We love you and miss you sooo much!!!"
Mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"Hey, Peej! Went to the NASCAR race at Talladega yesterday! Thank you for intrducing me the NASCAR! I could feel your sprit around as as we sat in the stands! And, of all the thousands of people there, I met a soldier who was with you in Haiti!!!! That's how I knew for sure you there with us!! Love you!"
Mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"So blessed today! Jose Garcia Acosta (FB- josethewriter) Did a beautiful poem, and attached your picture to it! He is sending me a signed copy, to hang on the wall above your flag case and ashes. What a wonderful gentleman!!!!"
Mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"Another of your "brothers-in-arms" lost yesterday, due to PTSD! He killed his girlfriend, and then himself. I keep praying that our soldiers get the help they need, after all they have seen, deployment after deployment. Something MUST be done to avoid these kinds of tragedies!!!"
Mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"Springtime here in Tennessee---flowers blooming, trees in full dress, garden planted-- new life for the new year. Wish you were here to see it all, yet I know you have the best seat in the house, looking down at us from Above! Love you and miss you, so much, Baby Boy of mine!!!"
Mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"I know you and Heidi were looking out for us during the tornadoes last week!!! And someone was sure looking out for our fellow townsfolk!!! With the massive destruction in town, we only had 2 or 3 people with minor injuries!!!"
Mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"Another Christmas without you and your sister, Heidi. Even though it was 9 yrs. ago that Heidi was taken from us, and 8 years that you were taken, it just DOESN'T get easier!! But what wonderful memories we have of past Christmases with both of you! I love you both, so very much, and miss you more than I can say!!"
Mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"You will always be remembered, brother. I firmly believe you are amongst the mightiest of warriors guarding Heaven's gates now. Si vic pacem, para bellum."
AM Moeller of Texas

"Honoring all our Vets -Past, Present, Future! May the Good Lord keep you in His arms always!
P.S. Thank you, Troy, for remembering!"
PJ's Mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"Airborne Sgt. Johnson, AIRBORNE!!! Spec. Hackney 505th,"
Troy of Rockport MA

"Happy 38th Birthday tomorrow ( 4 Nov) to my dear PJ. Remembering the day you were born, baby boy! You were such a blessing to me, your brothers and sisters! You are forever in our hearts!"
Mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"You're gone but never over P. I'm sure you're the happiest you've ever been. Sprinkle some of that joy down here on us k? Its still everyday with you."
Lisa of Denver

"We sure do miss your smiling face. You left us all with so many beautiful and funny memories. R.I.P. Peej"
Greg and Bonnie of Howell, MI

"It's raining today-- and I can't distinguish between the raindrops and my tears! This day, 8 years ago, was my descent into Hell! And yet, it was also my ascent into Heaven, in the spirit of my baby boy! Peej, you will be forever loved and remembered, not just by the family, but by so many of your Army brothers. It gives us great pride to know, from messages left on this site, what an influence you were on so many lives. WE LOVE YOU, WE MISS YOU!!!!!"
Mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"PJ may you still be "solider'ing" on in heaven...as you are sadly missed on earth...a vibrant soul taken too soon...but you will never be forgotten!"
Shelly Richie/West (classmates in school) of Howell, MI

"8yrs and it feels like yesterday brother. Rest Easy."
Joe Harvey of Livonia, Michigan

"Can't believe it's been 8 years. We miss you, Peej."
Aunty Pook of Gaylord, MI

"Thank you, Bryan. Our PJ WAS unforgettable, wasn't he? I marvel at the influence he had on so many of you, his "brothers""
PJ's Mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"Still thinking about you brother......"
Bryan Eastridge of Okc,Ok

"Thank you, citizens of East Tennessee, for the wonderful turn-out to bring Lcpl Frankie Watson home! To all the law enforcement officers, the military, the Patriot Guard Riders, and friends. Your honor and respect was AWESOME!"
Pat Black (PJ's Mommy) of Tellico Plains TN

"Another young hero gone to his reward Saturday (24 Sep 2011) Lcpl Frankie Watson, age 21, from Madisonville TN Rest in Peace, Marine!"
PJ's Mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"God Bless the 31 Fallen, and give their families the strength to carry on in these terrible days! PJ, I know you and those who have Fallen before you, were there to help your new combat brothers.
Lord, give them Peace"
Mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"Thank you, Daniel! For your service, and for honoring PJ and all the others who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country! PJ would be the first to tell you he wasn't a hero, just a soldier watching his guys backs, doing what his country asked of him
Thank you, once again! Please tell your children they are in our prayers! ( and please let your daughter know that we forgive her, too! PJ's baby sister went Army, and was a Captain)"
PJ's Mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"I did not know you but thank you cannot say enough. I am a 32 year veteran who has just been retired medically. I was looking at the many things my wife has collected over the years of my service. A bracelet with your name stuck out as one of the most coveted items I have from Iraq. As a reservist being mobilized for my 2nd tour in 05 (my 1st was the run to Baghdad in 03/04) my then PSG had called the squad leaders together and had given each of us a bracelet with a soldiers name. I was given yours and I wore it throughout my tour. The PSG’s goal was to let each squad LDR know there responsibility. They looked puzzled at first and then it dawned on me, they have never been in this position before. I cleared my throat and wiped a tear that somehow had managed to find its way down my cheek. I told the soldiers about the sacrifices made on our behalf and that it was our turn to shoulder the burden of command of our troops. They realized I was talking from experience, not just giving out words of encouragement. Anyways, I just want say thank you for your sacrifice and know that it was not in vain as your name lives on, on this bracelet, in my thoughts on the field of battle and even today in heart. My son is in the Army now too, my daughter went USAF (I forgave her), she has been to Afghanistan and I gave her the bracelet to carry and return it to me. If and when my son goes, he too knows it will be his turn and looks forward to being the next to carry your name into battle. Your name, your bracelet, is my families’ badge of honor."
Daniel Damron, USA/RETIRED of Ohio

"Happy Fathers Day in Heaven, son. Wish you could be here, watching Bryan growing into such a wonderful young man! I know you are watching out for him, and Missy, too, from up above! We all love you so much!!"
Mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"Again, the hackers have been at work!!! So for now, please message me at Facebook, until I get the email straightened out!"
Pat of Tellico Plains TN

"To all of PJ's guys:
We have a new email as our old one got hacked. The new one is: darligram@hotmail.com"
PJ's Mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"Nolly!!! Your Uncle PJ would be so proud of you!!!! You know he would say that he wasn't a hero, he was just doing what needed to be done. But we all know differently, don't we? Please make sure we get pictures of your project! And you could even post it on this site, for everyone to see!
Love ya!"
Darli of Tellico Plains TN

"I hope you'll like this uncle PJ: for my next art project I need to pick a superhero to me to draw with all different values and a color that we cut out so it's showing in the final. I picked you to draw!! Love you and miss you!!!"
noelle johnson, his niece of Grand Rapids, MI USA

"Just came back from a Visitation for a 26yr. old local (Athens TN) soldier from the 101st. Airborne out of Ft. Campbell KY. Rest in Peace, SPC Nathan!! So sorry Afghanistan had to be the last place you saw in this life!
The Good Lord only takes the Best!"
Pat (PJ's Mommy) of Tellico Plains TN

"Thank you, John!"
PJ's Mommy, Pat Black of Tellico Plains TN

"Veteran's Day 2010- PJ...This day of remembrance brings you close to our nation and the freedoms you secured. I honor you today, with deep gratitude, remembering that you gave up all your tomorrows so this Great Nation could have Today......John...Co-worker of your friend Pat Weber 82ND (505) Airborne Fort Bragg NC."
John Christen of Denver, CO USA

"Veterans Day-- To those who fought for us --Those who came home safely, those who came home wounded, those who came home in a flag-draped casket--We thank you, We honor you!"
Pat (PJ's Mommy) of Tellico Plains TN

"37 years ago, at 2:38 pm, my PJ came into this world. I thank the good Lord for every day He allowed us to have PJ with us."
PJ's Mommy, Pat Black of Tellico Plains TN

"Terry----Thank you and God bless you and yours. You were a GREAT friend to PJ!"
Pat (PJ's Mommy) of Tellico Plains TN

"Still miss and remember you after 7 years. You were an amazing bloke. My heart goes out to your friends & family. Xxx"
Paula Worden of Dover, England

"I visited PJ's memorial on fort bragg yesterday. 7 years we flew back to the states together. Miss u brother, I wish you were still around, the enemy hit us hard when they took u from us. God bless your family. SGM Terry Baumann, @ fort bragg."
terry baumann of fort bragg nc

"SGT Rauch--If you have any pics, etc. I would love to have copies! I am saving those things in an album for his son, Bryan, and would love to have a note from you about PJ, and pictures to go with it for the album! Thank you for remembering. Remember "PJ has your back!" Contact me: PJ's Mom darligram@yahoo.com"
Pat Black of Tellico Plains TN

"PJ, thank you for your service to this country. Most of all, thank you for your friendship. You maybe be gone, but not forgotten. May you continue to watch over us in heaven as you did for us as a Marine! God Bless Americans!"
Shelly of Howell, MI

"I couldn't sleep tonight and had no idea why, until I saw today's date. I proudly served in Afghanistan and Iraq with SSG J in 2nd platoon Aco 1-505 PIR. I was also privileged enough to go on two trips to Washington D.C. with him and don't have one bad memory of him. He was truly a great man that left a great example to follow in, in everything he did. The best thing SSG J gave me was a perfect example of how to be positive and not let thing out of your control bring you down. I have a tendency to focus on the negative things in situations and in life. But when I think of SSG J I remember no matter the situation he put a smile on his face, pushed on and gave it his best effort while uplifting everyone around him. For that and so much more I am truly grateful to him. There was no doubt that he loved his family very deeply.
To his family you are in my prayers and thoughts
To his his son your Dad was great man and was truly proud of you. I remember him bringing by the barracks with the biggest sense of pride and joy. He talked about you all the time, always with great joy."
SGT Sam Rauch of Broomfield CO by way of Butte MT

"My step-dad is PJ's uncle Eric (Eric Johnson). I have a wonderful memory of PJ and a friend that he brought to Alabama one winter. It snowed the weekend they came to Mom and Eric's house in Rainbow City, Alabama. He was so funny, happy and playful that you couldn't help but just adore him!!! We had snowball fights, cups of hot chocolate, singing and dancing contests, board game matches, great food to eat, playing jokes on people and watching movies/TV. It was so much fun that everytime it snows, I smile and think about that fun, unexpected, wonderful weekend at my moms. What a super-nice guy he was. I am blessed to have been able to meet and spend time with this wonderful young man named PJ!!"
Krista Oliver of Attalla, Alabama

"Peej, you are in inspiration to us all. You will always be remembered for the amazing friend and hero that you were."
Heidi of Midland

"Even though i lost touch with PJ over the years, I still think of him often. He is a true hero. To his family, I no the pain will never leave but i hope it is easing with time. Just know he is waiting in a better place to see you all again. God Bless"
toni of brighton, mi

"Sure do miss seeing you and hearing all the stories you would share when you came back home. The world sure did lose an amazing soldier and a very special friend to so many.
Love you!"
Karen Huff of Oak Grove, MI

"PJ we miss you so much. You will always be in our thoughts and hearts. Prayers to you Pat and the rest of your family for having lost such a special person."
Greg & Bonnie of Howell, Michigan

"I miss you uncle PJ we wish you were here!!!"
noelle johnson of Grand Rapids, MI

"Our family became friends with Russ and Cass about a year and a half before PJ passed. Although we never had the privilege of meeting PJ personally, we heard so many wonderful things about him and prayed for him while he was deployed. We continue to pray that God will grant your family peace. PJ's life touched so many, directly and indirectly. We will never forget his sacrifices or his family."
Kurt, Amber, Max & Ben Wilson of Gladstone, Michigan

"Missing you Peej..."

"My mind is crazy. I meant 7 years, not 8. But it still seems longer than that since we (physically) lost you. You are still in our hearts."
Aunty Pook of Gaylord

"It has been 7yrs. since you left us, and 8 yrs. since your sister left us. We know you are both in a better place, but it hasn't been easy for those of us left behind! We love you both, so very much. We miss you terribly!!"
Mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"Can't believe it's been 8 years. We still miss you."
Aunty Pook of Gaylord

"Susie--Yes, this site gets checked every day by me! Thank you for thinking of PJ. He was one VERY special young man.
Email me sometime-- darligram@yahoo.com"
Aunt Pat of Tellico Plains TN

"Aunt Pat,
I don't know if this site is in use anymore or how I found my way here, but thinking of PJ. I hope this message finds you ok and wanted you to know he is not forgotten."
Susie of Clinton Twp, MI

"Special Thanks to the Patriot Heart Riders of East Tennessee, who did the Memorial Ride in PJ's honor. We love you guys!!! And, Yes, PJ, Mommy rode on the lead Harley! You would have loved it!"
Mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"Happy Father's Day in Heaven, my dear PJ. Your Bryan is growing so big and healthy! You can be so proud of him!
We all love and miss you!
Your Mommy"
Pat of Tellico Plains TN

"Memorial Day -- Not the first day of Summer, but the true meaning! Never forget the Veterans, never forget the Fallen. God bless them all!"
PJ's Mommy, Pat Black of Tellico Plains TN

"Hey TFJ, i miss you, i'm still in GA and still think about you all the time. I know you are somewhere up there smiling down on all of us. Tell God and Jesus i said what's up? Love you man take care and i will see you again someday."
SSG Whitfield of Tunnel Hill, Ga

"PJ I've been back from Iraq for almost three years. There's alot that has changed for me and I wish you were here to give me advise. I still ask myself what would you do if you were in my shoes. I miss you PJ."
SGT Taylor Gile of Coon Rapids, MN

""To the family of Paul J. Johnson ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015""

"I found a bracelet with this young mans information and would love to return it to his family or loved one. You can reach me at
bobbijp60@aol.com or 910-473-1231"
Bobbi of Wilmington nc

"6 years already, it seems like yesterday when i heard about PJ dying in Iraq, what a shock. I first met PJ at the old Calumet Armory on an open house day sponsored by the local Guard unit A Company (now the 1431st EN CO SAPPER) 107th EN BN. It was several years later when i next met PJ when he joined A Company after his 1st enlistment was up. We talked many times while he was with A Company about life & military experiences. The last conversation i remember with PJ was him telling me that he was going back active because he had to take care of his family because there were no good paying jobs locally. My prayers go out to PJs family."
SFC Jack W Kotila, 1433rd EN CO (SAPPER) of Fenton, MI

"How hard it is to write this! Even though it has been 6 yrs., it feels like the moment I got the phone call. It was, and is, HELL!! But for my PJ, I must remain strong, for the rest of the family, for Missy, for Bryan and for all of "PJ's Guys" My prayers for all in harms way, and a safe return home for all!
Thank you to all who help keep PJ's memory alive! He is always with us!"
PJ's Mommy And step-dad (Pat & Frank) of Tellico Plains TN

"A day doesn't go by that I don't think about you. Love and miss you."
Aunty Pook of Gaylord

"Another year goes by without Paul Johnson. Last night as I was working in our operations center and we were reacting to yet another explosion i looked at my watch and was already the 20th of October. Nobody was hurt last night as the enemy missed us, but they didnt 6 years ago. The evilness took the life of a son, father, husband and American Soldier. We're still in the fight Paul, God Bless you, your family, and the Soldiers you trained."
SGM Terry Baumann of JSS Belidiyat, Iraq

"My name is Bob Buresch, again I was in Iraq with your son, soon after getting out of the Army members of my platoon received the bracelets with Paul's name on them, and I would be honored to wear his name on my wrist, however I don't know where to get one..please send me an email at bob.buresch@gmail.com and let me know because it is something I have been thinking about for some time. Thanks again and I always carry your son in my thoughts."
Bob Buresch of Buffalo, NY

"To all our soldiers---In PJ's Memory, you are in our prayers constantly. Even though I have never met most of you, you will always be MY sons and daughters!"
PJ's Mommy, Pat Black of Tellico Plains TN

"Terry, your kind words mean so much to us all. You know that PJ is always with you and "His Guys" He loved you all, his brothers."
PJ's Mommy, Pat Black of Tellico Plains TN

"PJ, Still think of you everyday. The memorial bracelet that i wear although scratched up now still carries your name. Memorial Day celebrates all of our brothers we lost, you will never be forgotten. The soldiers you led both in afghanistan and in fallujah are still serving proudly throughout the world. You touched so many people, God Bless your family and everyone who still calls you friend and brother. SGM Terry Baumann, 2-505 JSS Loyalty, Iraq."
Terry Baumann of JSS Loyalty, Iraq

"Cindy---words cannot tell you how we appreciate your kind words! Our PJ will ALWAYS be with the family and all he touched. Thank you! We WILL get together soon! I feel like I know you, even though we have never met!Love ya, girl!"
MAPJ of Tellico Plains TN

"..14 May 2009...Memorial Day is arriving soon. It's a day to give thanks to all Fallen Heroes, to give tribute to each one that they shall never be forgotten, to shed tears and grieve for those that have lost loved ones...although the ones that are near and dear to our hearts...we think of daily. Peej, you are always in my heart, always on my mind, and not a day goes by that your love, spirit, friendship, or your sacrifice is not remembered. I hope to one day come back to Ft. Bragg, to visit your memorial. Just to be able to scroll my fingers across your name..will be ...extremely emotional! And the day I meet your mom...after five years...well, let's just say that there won't be words for a while; only tears and hugs. I LOVE YOU MAPJ!
You sacrificed everything for us, and for Missy and Bryan. They lost their best man...I miss you terribly...but it can't be anything like what they feel, or how your mom and siblings go through every day.
The memories that I have of you, Matt, and I rollerbladding..watching hockey games...watching MATT play on the Ft. Bragg Dragon's hockey team...and more will be forever in my heart! I miss you and I love you; one day, we shall meet again. I thank God for you, and it is my Honor to call you MY FRIEND! MAPJ...I love you!"
Cindy Gray Boyd of mosheim, TN...close to MAPJ :)

"SGT Bandy Thank you for remembering! Yes, my PJ was a special man! I am glad you can follow his example! Would love to have copies of any pictures you may have. I am saving all I can get in a scrapbook for little Bryan. Contact me:
PJ's mommy darligram@yahoo.com"
Pat (PJ's Mommy) of Tellico Plains TN

"4 March 2009.Spoon ! Just typing that brings me to tears. Only PJ will know what I mean. My name is Robert Bandy of Little Rock Arkansas. April of 1999 I arrived at Aco.1-505 where I came face to face to my very first Airborne Ranger Jumpmaster Teamleader! Talk about intimidating.

I could say so many things about PJ. He was my mentor. I looked up to him in so many ways. I wanted to be the soldier that he was. I never told him that, I always tried to keep it as professional as possible. Except when he and his wife would let me and my hoodlums stay the weekend at his house. Thanksgiving, 4th of July's, Missy and PJ made us feel like family, when we were so far from home. Thank you PJ, I never became a soldier of your caliber, but guess what? Ranger's Lead the Way! I wouldnt be where I am today without you PJ. My very first teamleader. Thanks PJ, for everything, oh and sorry for putting that big dent in your Jeep ! That was a freaking fun night though !! Airborne All The Way.

P.S. I still cant drink that nasty beer!"
SGT.Robert Bandy of Little Rock, Arkansas

"To all PJ's "guys", a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year to all of you! PJ can't tell you himself, so I will do it for him! You know he is always with us!"
Pat (PJ's Mommy) of Tellico Plains TN

"Well, we're coming up on another Christmas without Peej...I still think about him every day - as goofy as it sounds, I miss him as much as when I first heard...what a great guy and fabulous person - still wearing your bracelet buddy...never forgetting"
Duff of MI

"My name is Jennifer, and Paul was a pen-pal to my son Devin. We originally wrote to "any solider" and Paul was assigned to us. No only did he take the time to write to Devin, we also had the extreme honor of meeting him, his wonderful wife and son at Andrews Air Force Base. He planned the entire meeting as a surprise for Devin. Needless to say, Devin was surprised and to this day still remembers the time we spent with Paul. It was truly and honor and a privilege to meet him and get to spend a short time with him. I will never forget what he did for me, my son and our country. God Bless."
Jennifer Martin of Roanoke, Virginia

"Thank you Thom! You are doing what PJ wanted to do when he retired! Teach the students well!"
PJ's Mommy, Pat Black of Tellico Plains TN

"I served with SSG Johnson back many years ago while he was a SPC in 3rd PLT Aco. 2/325th AIR. I have many fond memories of him and his wonderful sense of humor. It is honestly hard to believe it has been 5 years.

I currently teach U.S. History to high school students and every Veteran's day I make sure that I do my part to keep his memory alive by sharing his story with my students."
SGT Thom Jones of Bowling Green, Kentucky

"In Memory of all our Fallen Heroes, and all our veterans; The last stanza of a poem I got shortly after we lost PJ;;
God, talking to a soldier
"Step forward now, you soldier, you've served your country well.
Enter into Heaven,
You've served your time in Hell."
We will forever remember and honor all our military."
PJ's Mommy, Pat Black of Tellico Plains TN

"Five years - I'll never forget the phone call with the news - even though it had been years since I had talked to PJ, he will always be in my heart... I still think of PJ often and will continue to do so. Thinking of him and his family..."
Beth Anderson of Lake Linden, MI

"Five years! Unbelievable! It seems like just yesterday PJ was on the phone with me, before deploying. Who could have known it would be the last time I would talk with my baby boy? And him telling me, as he told me every time he deployed, "If anything happens, I would rather it happened to me, so 'my guys' make it home safe." His 8 men came home because of him. We treasure those 8 men, just as we treasure our PJ. "No greater love......."
He is always on our minds, always in our hearts, always with us."
PJ's Mommy And step-dad (Pat & Frank) of Tellico Plains TN

"there are some things and some people you will never forget, and PJ was one of them...your always remembered..AIRBORNE...All THE WAY!!!"
SGT Young of Ft. campbell

"September 30, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Paul J. Johnson:
Paul 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

"Peej - You're still in my heart and thoughts. Miss you sooo much. Love you always. Aunty Pook"
Aunty Pook of Gaylord, MI

"Memorial Day 2008 ... My thoughts go out to PJ's family today and always. I think about PJ often and cherish the memories we had so many years ago. I can only wish that we had kept in touch longer. I will always remember him as such a wonderful, caring man."
Beth Anderson of Michigan

"I think of "SGT. J" Every single day of my life. Memorial Day is always especially tough, and I can only imagine how hard it is for his family. To all of his family, I am so sorry for your loss. He meant more to me than I think he ever knew; because he taught me things that will stick with me forever. SSG Paul J. Johnson was so much more than a squad leader to me. He was a friend, a role model, and now a true hero that will never be forgotten. He holds a very special place in my heart. He was, and is an inspiration to me; he will always be."
SGT. Brett Stephens of Dalton, GA.

"I will remember PJ til the day I die. Memorial day is that one special day when I can do it with an American flag and a moment of silence in his honor. May his family find comfort and strength on a day like this and pride to know that a son, brother, husband and father fought for all of them and his country. We will never forget. Pat, Missy and others, thank you for letting us share with you. I wished I could have seen you this past week during All American week, maybe some day we'll get together and remember all the great things about PJ. God bless you all!"
Ruth Baumann of Cumming GA

"Terry--we are leaving Tues. A.m.--We have been assigned Ssg. Brian Wilson as escort. Will call you when we get down there. Anxious to see you again,my PJ's brother!!!"
Pat Black of Tellico Plains TN

"Pat, my BN is next to PJ's my cell number is 678-485-0893. i'm the acting CSM for AAW, I look forward to seeing you. Did they give you an escort for being a gold star family member? have a safe trip."
terry baumann of ft bragg nc

"Terry, we will be there Wed. and Thurs. Look for us, and we will look for you."
PJ's Mommy And step-dad (Pat & Frank) of Tellico Plains TN

"hey guys All American Week starts Monday. hope to see some old guys around the area. pj's name is on the 1-505 memorial in front of the bn hq. i just got reassigned to 2-505 as the ops sgm. rangers lead the way. sgm terry baumann"
terry baumann of ft bragg, nc

"Hey SSG J its me SSG Banez. Yeah they promoted me heh. Theres nothin I can say or type what I feel man, just know that you'll always be in my heart till I someday meet up with you. I know your watching over all your former Platoon still fighting the fight. Keep your head up, up there and Ill see you when I see you. SSG Banez, former 2nd PLT 2nd SQD A co 1-505 PIR. P.S. to the Johnson family, PLS stay strong for all of us."
SSG Banez, Gerard of Fort Campbell KY

"Although I did not know SSG Johnson I was in the same unit with him in Iraq. I was on R&R when SSG Johnson made the ultimate sacrifice for his men, his family, and his country and to this day I still wear and have never taken off his memorial bracelet. What he stood for and what he sacrificed will forever live on in me and hopefully others. To his family there are no words...especially almost 5 years later. It seems like yesterday I was there with him yet yesterday seems so long ago. God bless him and his family. Nick Whiteman (former D-Co. 1-505 trooper)"
Nick Whiteman of Vicenza, Italy

"Sgt. Williams--PJ's older brother lives in Canon City-- you may run into him someday!"
PJ's Mom of Tellico Plains TN

"Sgt. Williams---Thank you for remembering our PJ! We appreciate all of "his guys". You are family!"
PJ's Mom of Tellico Plains TN

"Ive been outta the army for a little over 3 years now. I was SGT J's commo guy in alpha co. I made sure him and his guys had radio communication. Since i have been out theres been only but a few days that have come where i didnt think about SGT J in some way. I miss him. I dont know who will read this, but i just wanted to say how much i miss him and how much he means to me to this day. My thoughts and prayers are with his entire family. God Bless..."
SGT Williams, Damon C. of Colorado Springs, CO

"SPC. Ortiz
I would love to have a copy of your poem about my son! Email to darligram@yahoo.com"
PJ's Mom of Tellico Plains TN

"Even though I did not know SSG Paul Johnson personally. I knew he was a great man and a natural leader the way his men spoke of him. I was not in A co. but, I was with the S&T section in HHC. I still remember the service we had in our compound. I have written a memorial poem for my creative writing class at my college about him. I too wear his bracelet and wish his family and loved ones the very best. Airborne!"
SPC Ortiz, Jamey of Houston, Texas

"My thoughts are with you and your family. Thank you for your service to our country. AIRBORNE!"
-fellow Panther of NORCAL

"Today would have been PJ's 34th birthday. He is with us in spirit, everyday! I miss my baby boy!"
PJ's mommy of Tellico Plains TN

"Hey Peej I am sitting here in shock I can’t believe you have been gone from us for 4 years? It seems like yesterday that we saw you for the last time. Colton & I talk about you every day. He wants to know all about his Uncle PJ!! I sure do miss you but I know you are watching over us. I love you Soldier you are my Hero! God Bless All Our Troops!"
Bobbie Johnson of Canon City Colorado

"Can it be four years? It seems like just yesterday that we got the call that our PJ was gone. We need to thank, once again, all of his soldiers and freinds, for keeping in touch. God bless you all!!
PJ's mommy"
Pat Black of Tellico Plains TN

"I recently spoke with Gen Petraeus, he mentioned PJ and told me how much he missed him and how good of a soldier he was. I still remember sitting by the lake outside PJs house in Fallujah, talking about his family and all the crazy stuff he did when he was younger. I enjoyed just hanging out and being with his soldiers. I recently found out that I made SGM its because of soldiers like PJ who made me a better person. 1SG Terry Baumann"
Terry B aumann of Cumming Ga

"I will never forget the day the horrible news spread in dreamland (volturno). I was with 1 panther mortars and saw and heard the explosion, but was never a part of the movement. I will never forget the amount of respect I saw from more than a thousand troops and others at the memorial service. It was more than moving. my heart goes out to his family and troops involved, you will always be remembered. I will wear this bracelet until my son is old enough to understand and respect it! AIRBORNE, ALL THE WAY, H-MINUS!"
J Fleharty of York PA

"PJ, bro you are missed. What a blow the night I found out you had fallen. I still carry your MIARNG fallen heroes notification from the Wolverine in my wallet. This is Wesaw and I served with PJ in his 1st tour in the 82nd, Recon 2/325 INF! Great memories of an incredible soldier with an amazing spirit, work ethic, and love for his Recon brothers and the country. I remember all the great times: humping and jumping, shooting and moving, making crazy charges at the demo range and PJ smiling and laughing the whole time. We all new you'd be a great NCO some day. You will not be forgotten that's for sure. My prayers are raised for your family, Michgan is proud my brother. RLTW!"
MSG Jason Wesaw of Otsego, Michigan


"I still think of PJ often. The Army has made me a very strong woman, never cry, just feel the pain, but don't cry. However, when I think of PJ, I can't help it but choke up, I still can't believe he is gone. I haven't kept in touch with his family as I should have, but Missy, Bryan, Pat and family: know that I still think about him, and I miss this guy, a funny guy, a friend to my husband, family to you, an American soldier. I 'll remember you too and hope everyone is doing well."
Ruth Baumann of 5th RTB, Dahlonega, GA

"SGT. j I pray for you and your family your life was a great loss to the army and to those around you. To say the least a great loss to THE MEN YOU SERVED WITH!! I thank you for your professionalism your bravery and your courage to have me in your squad. Thank you for your patience with me. You'll NEVER BE FORGOTTEN IN my heart."
Brian Williams of cincinnati, oh

"To Missy, Ann, Joe, and Bryan: We miss you all so much since we left Fayetteville. I think of PJ often and remember the day and days following like they were yesterday. Micheal still talks of Bryan and how he misses all of you. I found this website tonight as I was answering a question as who my heros are. That could only include a wonderful father, husband, son in law, friend and most of all solider. Although much of our time in Fayetteville PJ was deployed we knew him through all the ones who loved him! We love you guys very much!! PJ will always be my hero!"
Dee Dee Connell of New Ringgold, PA

"I wish I had found this web site before now... But it sure is nice to read all the comments from everybody. I knew PJ years ago, right after high school. He meant a lot to me then and I will always cherish the memories I have. He was a wonderful man and was all soldier, all the way. I still miss him.
My condolences to his family - I think of you all often, even those I never met."
Beth Anderson of Lake Linden, Michigan

"We just want to let anyone who is interested, that the rest of PJ's ashes that were willed to his friends in Michigan, were spread in his childhood State-Land play ground last Friday 10/20/06. Friends present were Brian, Clint, Joe and daughter, Bone, Gary and Beth. We would be interested in hearing from anyone present when our "Hero" fell. Please contact us at lvtbeth@yahoo.com. Missy and Bryan you are forever in our thoughts.
Love PJ's Michigan Friends"
Brian and Clinton of Howell, MI

"It's been three years but I remember it like yesterday. My name is Terry Baumann, I had the task of flying PJ home on the 20th of October back in 2003. It was just PJ and I on a 747, I wish we had the chance to talk on the way home but we communicated in other ways. I think of him every day and still tell people about his bravery and love for his family. Pat, take care and know that his legacy is strong because he touched so many soldiers who are still in the fight. 1SG Terry Baumann"
Terry Baumann of Cumming, Ga

"Paul - RIP brother"
Sgt Paula Worden of Dover, England

"Three years on Friday. It is still horribly unbelievable! Thank you, all "his guys" and buddies for your contact. Hey, Duff, I especially remember Russ and Cass' wedding! Remember when you and PJ "Rattled the windows"? We have been blessed with so many fond, funny memories!!!"
Ma (Pat) of Tellico Plains TN

It's coming to that time again...one of the worst days of my life was when I heard about Peej. I am going to be out of pocket for a few weeks and wanted to let Missy, Bryan, and Ma know that I'm thinking of you guys and still missing Peej horribly.

Do you guys remember when PJ had the "incident" at the grain silo in Oak Grove? -funny"
Duff of Ruesselsheim, Germany

"My name is Robert Basil and I am the founder of the Fallen Heroes Car located at http://www.fallenheroescar.org I attended a car show In Las Vegas last month and one of the soldiers attending the show gave me a memorial dog tag dedicated to PJ. I have the dog tag hanging from the rear view mirror of the Fallen Heroes Car where it will stay forever. I would be honored if PJ's family would contact me. fallenheroescar@robertbasil.com or 480-274-4259"
Robert Basil of Phoenix, Arizona USA


"I am a British soldier and worked with PJ in Sarajevo for six months. I will never forget what a great, fun loving bloke he was. He constantly talked about how much he missed his wife Missy and son Bryan, he even showed me a video of them taking a family walk. I just wanted to say that I think about PJ every day and can't believe that he's gone. PJ was the epitomy of what I believe is an American Soldier, being a professional, dedicated and loyal person. We were the same rank in Sarajevo but I still looked up to him and listened to what he had to say, despite our different nationality. PJ had a fantastic sense of humour and made my tour 100 times better. Of all the people I met out there, he stood out and made a difference to my life. Even though I probably wouldn't have seen PJ again, I miss him terrible, and I now wear a hero's bracelet with his name on it with pride. To the family of PJ, I'm deeply sorry for your loss xxxx"
Paula Worden of Dover, England

"In 1995 I was a new PFC and was given a new squad leader. Hoping this new guy wouldn't be a jerk. This young guy couldn't be a squad leader. He looks my age. What a baby face. He comes up and offers his hand and says, " Hey I'm Sergeant Johnson your new squad leader." At first he seemed to be a decent guy. After a short period of time I learn that "PJ"(I over heard Missy call him at a company picnic) was a great guy. I come to learn that he was a fast tracker.It seemed to me he knew everything there was to the Army. PJ was just a plain ole BUCK sergeant in those days. He taught me a lot on being a soldier. He always pushed and encouraged me in everything I did or didnt want to do. In 1997 I was PCS'ed to South Korea before the unit took off for Saudi. I cant remember if thats when he got out or not. What I do remember is that he was the first friend I met when I came back. Man I miss him. Like another soldier wrote in this. I was a team leader in Korea and back in Bragg I'd ask myself, "What would PJ say to this soldier? What would he do or advice?" I ask myself this to this day. I remeber when he introduced me to Missy.I don't think they where even married then. I remember this beckon of a smile. They made a perfect couple. Missy my deepest sympotheis to you and your son.I will always remember you and PJ arm in arm at the picnic and PJ with that smirk on his face with that attitude"Yep she's with me.""
Spc. Taylor J. Gile of Tallil, Iraq

"To Spc. Buresch and Sgt. Taylor--Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for remembering our PJ. We continue to pray for each and every military person serving our country. We must carry on for "PJ's guys!"
PJ's mom"
Mrs. Pat Black of Tellico Plains TN

"My name is Spc. Buresch, I was deployed with Ssgt. Paul Johnson in Fallujah unfortunately I never did get a chance to know him very well because I was in Dco. 1/505. I just wanted to say that his memorial service in Iraq was a sad day, and to this day I still think about him and remember...Sgt Johnson made the ultimate sacrifice which can never be repaid, however try to have a happy life so someday you can lay beside him in the arms of the angels. Thank You."
Robert Buresch of Buffalo, NY

"My name is Sgt Taylor even though I didn't know your husband, I did serve with him in Alpha Company, 1st BN, 505th PIR. I was in 1st platoon. I was on the other side of the street from that IED. Anyway I just wanted to tell you thank you for PJ's faithful service."
Shawn Taylor of Ft. Bragg, NC 82nd ABN DIV


It`s been 4 years since i last spoke to you and had a cappucino.
Hope you find some peace...
Take care."
Roy Verboeket of the netherlands

"To all the men (PJ's Guys) who served with my son---We wish you all a very Merry CHRISTmas and a wonderful New Year. You are all in our thoughts, whether we knew you or not. Because you were "his guys". you are all a part of our family.
PJ's Mom"
Pat Urban of Tellico Plains TN


"4 Nov 1973--My baby boy was born! Who could have known then what his destiny was? He lived life to the fullest, almost as if he knew! He always told me he couldn't see himself living beyond 30--he died 2 weeks before his 30th birthday. Maybe the Good Lord let him know, so he could do what he needed to do. We, the whole family, thank God for letting us have PJ, even for so short a time. He will never be forgotten, our clown, our mediator! He was special!"
Pat Urban of Tellico Plains TN

"In a few days, it will be 2 years since our PJ was taken from us. We wish to thank all the wonderful people who have written on this site, who have sent cards and letters, who have emailed or called us, even as recently as a few days ago! You have all kept PJ's memory at the forefront. To learn of some of the things he did for "his guys" makes us know that you all loved and respected him. There is no better legacy than that! Thank you all again!
PJ's Mommy"
Pat Urban of Tellico Plains TN

"SSGT J. there is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you and the sacrifice you made for us and your country. I wish you could see how much impact you had on everyone you came in to contact with. The leadership and mentorship you provided for the young soldiers under you such as myself. We all miss you and we are proud to be considered your men. To Missy,Brian and the rest of PJ's family, my deepest condolences to you. Your son/husband/father is the true definition of a Great American.
SGT Tim Birdwell 2nd PLT A co. 1-505 PIR
OIF/OEF with SSGT Johnson"
SGT Tim Birdwell of Ft.Bragg, NC

"I had the great honor of knowing PJ. I worked with him at the Keweenaw Academy and served with him in the local National Gaurd unit prior to him re-enlisting. He was the friend who drove me to hospital after I wrecked my truck. He was the one who never had something too important to do that he couldn't talk to you. He was a great man, and a great soldier. It was his lead I took when he found out he had re-enlisted. To his family I send my prayers and best wishes, and to tell you, which you already know, that he touched many lives."
Spc James R Lewis III of Ft Belvoir, VA

"I served with SSG J (PJ) in Afghanistan and Iraq. I was in his squad as a automatic riflemen at the time we were hit. I have never had a better leader. He always led from the front and he was always their when you needed him.This is by far one of the best men I have ever known. You may be gone SSG J, but you will never be forgotten"
Sgt. Strickland of Baraboo, WI

"I served for a brief time with PJ while he was a member of Co A 107th Engineers. I justed wanted mention during the 107th Engineer 44th Annual Reunion this weekend and the new Calumet Armory Dedication, Mr. Paul Lehto spoke of PJ's sacrifice. It was very a very hearfelt speech appreciated by many of our veterans. He is missed by all who served with him."
SSG Ross Stevens of Calumet, MI

""To the Family of SSG Paul Johnson,"
I served with PJ in Sarajevo. He had a great personality and positively touched everyone he came in contact with. SSG Johnson, was the best soldier and NCO I have ever served with, he lead from the front; he inspired everyone he came in contact with to give 110%. My wife and I give our deepest simpathy to Missy and Family. PJ spoke often of you and his son and know this you were all in his heart and soul."
Donavon Hazen(dhazen58@aol.com) of Rocklin, CA

"TO THE FAMILY OF Paul J. Johnson
I am SSG Daniel Damron from Ohio. I am returning to Iraq for a second tour of duty. I want you to know that a bracelet with Paul's name is on my wrist and will remain with me untill I return. My Platoon SGT bought a bracelet for every Squad leader with a different name so we may be every vigilent of the soldiers we have in our charge. You are not forgotten and will be forever remembered by my family as I carry your name with me. It is our job to carry on so that your loss will not be in vain and that Freedom will spread in Iraq. I was at Log Base Sietz outside of Abu Grahb and your units movements slowed down the mortar attacks on us. I am sorry you had to pay the price for that. I will honor you on my redeployment along with the name of my friend SPC Josh Knowles (05 FEB 04). The American spirit lives, the dedication of soldiers will always be remembered and freedom will always be something worth fighting for.
Daniel K. Damron of Marion, Ohio/USA

"To Missy, Bryan, Pat, Suzie, friends and family:
I think of PJ all of the time and sometimes I smile because he was such a beautiful man, but the pain of losing someone so dear to all of us can be too much sometimes. I remember being the FRG leader for A co. 1/505 and sharing great news coming in from the front with all the wives and counting the days for the guys to make it home. The day PJ was gone was probably the most difficult one in my life, what a loss!!! Please know that maybe to PJ he was just one man, but to many he was so much that he will NEVER be forgotten. He is remembered every day by someone who shared night or day with him. I believe we'll see him one day in Heaven."
Ruth Baumann of 5th RTB, Dahlonega, Georgia

"It's been a long time since I visited PJ's site. I can only say that I think of him every day. I tell my Ranger students every class about him and how much I miss him. I remind the students how he took care of his soldiers and the total dedication he displayed on a daily basis. PJ lived the Ranger creed every day. His legacy not only lies on monuments throughout the country but through those who he touched. Pat may the Spirit of the Lord continue to be with you. 1SG Terry Baumann B CO 5th RTB"
Terry Baumann of Dahlonega Ga

"On Memorial Day, we remember not only our son,brother, husband, daddy PJ, but all who have made the Ultimate Sacrifice. May the Good Lord keep them in His loving arms, until we meet again.
PJ's Mommy and whole family"
Pat Urban of Tellico Plains TN

"Matt and Fiona Ebbertt
Please contact me, PJ's mom (darligram@yahoo.com) Did we meet at the Airborne Ceremony? I met so many there---"
Pat Urban of Tellico Plains TN

"My deepest condolences. My husband, SPC Ebbertt, was in his platoon and was there when the IED went off. My husband still proudly wears SSG J's hero bracelet.

I was there for the recent memorial at the Abn&Spec Ops museum. It was beautiful and I was filled so pride and sadness at the same time.

Matt and I wish you all the best and still keep you in our prayers."
Matt & Fiona Ebbertt of Fayetteville, NC

"Unfortinately I did not know Mr. Johnson, but I just wanted to leave a message for his family and loved ones to let them know that his name and face will be carried on. I have put his name and picture on a website that was made in honor of all of our military that are overseas. http://www.freewebs.com/pcyellowribbonproject"
Sarah of Somerset, Ky/USA

"i wish i had found this site sooner. SSG Jhonson was a good man and helped those around him. he is missed. i was one of his soliders for a short while in 1st plt a co 1/505"
gabriel watt of corona, ca

"On Valentine's Day, we remember our love for PJ. We remember his love for God, family and country. His love for his "family" of soldiers. We wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day, in his name.
Anyone that has pictures taken while on various tours with PJ, please send via email. We would appreciate it so much! Please give the date taken, where taken, etc. I am trying to get as much as possible for his son, Bryan, when he gets older. Thank you so much! My email is: darligram@yahoo.com
PJ's Mommy"
Pat Urban of Tellico Plains TN

"Thank you Gerri I will contact PJ's mom. Also my husbands family comes from Gaylord Michigan. It's a very small world. I thank PJ and PJ's family for his service and sacrifice for our country. cwolcot1@tampabay.rr.com"
Cynthia Wolcott of Lakeland, Florida

"To Cynthia Wolcott - if you would like to learn more about our beloved PJ, please feel free to contact his mom at darligram@yahoo.com. I'm sure she will be happy to share information about the hero whose bracelet you wear and we mourn. Thank you for your support of our family. We miss PJ terribly, but know that the world is a better place because of him and others like him."
Gerri Puzon (PJ's aunt) of Gaylord, MI

"I received my Hero Bracelet today Jan. 24th. 2005 it has Staff Sgt. Paul J Johnson's name on it. I send my prayers to his family, I am so proud of Paul. He will never be forgotten."
Cynthia Wolcott of Lakeland, Florida

"I received my Hero Bracelet today Jan. 24th. 2005 It has Staff Sgt. Paul J Johnson's name on it. I send my prayers to his family I am so proud of Paul, he will never be gotten."
Cynthia Wolcott of Lakeland, Florida

"I am not sure what I should or to say,as I only met P.J. briefley, When I was just a young kid. We attended the same school and knew some of the same people, although friends we were not I still felt your families and friends pain when I heard the news...Nothing anyone can say or do to express our graditude and love for what you did, You fought for our freedom and our childrens future, and for that I am thankful....my condolences to your loved ones....and god bless your wife and son for having such a wonderful husband and father......"
Connie of Howell, Michigan

"I'm an 8th grade student and Carrabelle High School. I'm doing a report on your son, and I was wondering if you could send me some pictures with in the next 2 days of your son or family through e-mail. My e-mail address is j_nickel6@yahoo.com ."
Nicole Galvan of Alligator Point, Florida North America

"im not sure exactly what i can say...my son john has already been over there and is going back in jan because of the money...cash is not worth not being able to hug my 21 yr old... god is with paul now...no more of any kind of pain he is a hero and we all love him...oklahoma mom"
lisa of yukon oklahoma

"im not sure exactly what i can say...my son john has already been over there and is going back in jan because of the money...cash is not worth not being able to hug my 21 yr old... god is with paul now...no more of any kind of pain he is a hero and we all love him...oklahoma mom"
lisa of yukon oklahoma

"In loving memory of our dear son, brother,nephew, husband and daddy-- one year has gone by, and the pain is still as strong as when we first were notified. Thank God for all the wonderful family and friends who have helped, in any way. Your simple " I'm so sorry" has meant so very much to us all. Those who served with PJ and have emailed me--God Bless you all! Those who sent me pictures that I hadn't seen before and notes about your time with him--God Bless. We will always miss him, but will go on, as he would want us to. Always remember that crooked grin of his! God Love You All!
Pat Urban---PJ's Mommy
Pat Urban of Tellico Plains TN

"I just decided to look you up after Bush's debate. I wanted to say that I am very sorry for your loss."
Kiki of NYC

"This old paratrooper will never forget the brotherhood of the greatest division in the world. Although I never ran across Johnson, my heart still hurts for my brother. May you rest in peace."
Anthony of Denver, CO

"Met you in NYC for the FOX news broadcast. Your an outstanding person and soldier and will be sorely missed. RIP and Blue skies."
Sgt Mullen of boston

"SSG J....served with you way back. A. co 2/325 AIR. you were a buck SGT back then...but you were squared away. to me, you epitomize what a RANGER should be.

Airborne...all the way....Let's Go.
Thank you brother....for everything."
just another joe of Bay Area, CA


"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 in this time of sorrow. May you forever rest in peace. You will not be forgotten. Thank you."
a grateful citizen in arizona

7th grade student of Barker Middle School

"I am Anthony. I am a 7th grade student at Barker Central. I am very sorry for your loss and I hope you feel better. I know how you feel my Grandpas both died and I was so sad . All we can do is pray."
Anthony Parmley of Barker NY

"Thank you PJ for the tremendous sacrifice you made. Best wishes to your family."
Lenette (Joe Harvey's sister) of Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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

"I graduated with PJ in '91 and must say that I will always remember him as one of the nicest people I've ever known. That wasn't my first impression though. I believe we were freshmen when I first met him. PJ always was dressed mostly in millitary garb from his high & tight haircut to the steeltoe combat boots. When I first saw him in class that freshman year I assumed he was a racist skinhead! When I got to know him better I realized that he wasn't racist at all but just liked the millitary a lot.
Years later after high school graduation I moved back to Calumet and I happened to work with PJ at Calumet Electronics with his brother and wife. I found it odd that he left the Army at that time to work in a factory making circuit boards. But I figured he wanted to have a family and Calumet is a safe place to do all that. It didn't suprise me though, when PJ told me he was signing back into the ranks of the Army and getting out of town. Calumet might be a nice place for a family but not one would consider an over-stimulating environment.
Well, I'm really sad PJ's gone but I know he died for this country we all live in and love. I'll always remember him as being one of the bravest people I've had the honor to know."
Lee of Hannula

"It has been said:
A true hero never dies...and is never forgotten.

Thank you for your service and God's Speed to the family."
Tara Lynn Overby of Dalton, GA, USA

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

Voor altijd in mijn hart,
ik mis je.
Andrea Kroes of the Netherlands

"Deareast PJ, I found out the hard way, through People magazine, that you were one of our fallen heros. I will always remember the fun times we had with Matt. I see from this page you were happily married, and I remember how much in love you were with her. I'm sure she knows and I'm so happy you found your love. I send my deepest condolences to Missy and to your son. You were one of my greatest friends, PJ, and I will never forget you. You left this world doing what you loved to do, but it doesn't make the pain any easier to bare. My thoughts and prayers go out to your blessed son and wife,and the rest of your family. I will never forget you, and thank you for your kind friendship. You will be missed terribly. AIRBORNE!"

"Thank you Paul 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 my dear husband PJ,
PJ was such a wonderful husband and father. He was a dedicated leader and soldier. He was everything a soldier should be. We had so many wonderful times together that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I feel so blessed that PJ was apart of my life. We have a beautiful son and I will also instill in him the mortals and values PJ had and let him know everyday how much his daddy loved him. PJ died doing what he loved to do, protecting his men and getting the job done. He always lead from the front and there he shall remain. He inspired everybody he met. He had a way with people and always left a wonderful impression. PJ was a wonderful, kind human being and he will always be remebered through us."
Missy Johnson of Fayetteville, NC

"PJ has always been a man of action and a man of his word. He has always been “something else” in my mind and in my heart, ever since he was a child. His crooked smile that I still can see, his soft spoken ways with people, his trusting ways, all sum up what he is (I still have a hard time saying “was”). He took care of his men and they will testify to that. One newspaper article stated that he was the epitome of what a Ranger should be and that statement couldn’t be more precise. Missy (his wife) and Bryan (his son) have so much to be proud of! So does the rest of our family. Missing Heidi (PJ’s oldest sister) has been hard on us all, but this is so much harder. With Heidi's death last year due to cancer, it was an expected death but this was so out of the blue – PJ was the best at what he did and we knew that no harm could come to him. How could it? But he protected his men to the fullest. It is said that things happen for a reason. We just have to trust in our God. PJ is what this country is about – responsibility and the pursuit of lasting freedom for all. We miss you sweetheart but you’ll never be forgotten! RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!! Love, Aunty Pook."
Gerri Puzon of Gaylord, MI

"SSG Paul J. Johnson
Most of our times spent together were hard, but we always made the best of them. You drove me to accomplish a lot of great things. You always believed in me and never let me down. As I look back, I realize you inspired me in so many ways. now that you're gone, I will continue to make you proud. I'll never forget everything you taught me about my job, also everything you taught me about life. I pray every night I'll see you again one day in heaven, until that day comes I'll drive on, for that's what you would want me to do. SSG J ( PJ) you are gone, but this I promise you, I'll never forget you and the times we spent together. That's all I have left, is our memories together although I'll never be the soldier you were, but I'll be the best I can be. I'll take the heart, will, and motivation you had and store it always with me until I die. SSG J you are gone but not forgotten.
Your friend and soldier,"
SSG John A Blyler II

"We miss you Peej. Everything from waking you up for High School because you lived across the street and would sleep in to cruising around in that old mustang that you used to have. I'm keeping you in my prayers and thinking good thoughts. Missy, Bryan - we are looking out for you if you need anything.Sincerely,Duff"
Jerald F. Stukel of Westland, MI / USA

"What can you say to something like this? SSG J was my Squad Leader growing up through the Army. He taught me almost everything I know, as far as being a role model soldier. I can't bring myself to understand this because he was such a good friend to me. I could talk to him about everything. I could tell him how I felt. I trusted him with my life. He was my leader. I still tell myself to this day, " What would SSG J. do in this situation?" I served with him for 4 years. I will never forget him. I do remember the last thing he said to me before I PCSed to Hawaii, he said "Good luck with the future, you will do great." We hugged, I said thank you and walked away thinking I will miss him. His son will be proud, I know I am."
SGT Robert A. Nigh of Honolulu, HI, USA

"Ssg. Paul J. Johnson was my youngest son.He was an exceptional young man. He was loved and respected by all who served with him. He was destined to serve his country in whatever capacity possible.From the time he was 5 years old, that was all he wanted to be, was a soldier.
After his oldest sister died last year (7 Oct 2002) he was more determined than ever to help those who couldn't help themselves.
To all those who sent cards, notes, etc., THANK YOU! You have no idea how your kind words have helped the whole family. All cards, etc. I have put in a Memory book for his 4 year old son, Bryan, so as he gets older, he can see what a hero his Daddy was!
Thank you and Bless you all!
My email, if you would like to make contact, especially those who served with PJ in Sarajevo, Afghanistan and especially Iraq:: darligram@yahoo.com"
Ms. Pat Urban of Durand MI

"To the family and friends of SSG Johnson. I am writing on behalf of my husband, SGT Eric L. Forbes of A Co., 2nd PLT, 1/505. Our DEEPEST sympathy to his family. You are in my thoughts and prayers always. My family keeps you in their prayers, too. SSG Johnson will always be remembered."
Desiree & Eric Forbes of Fayetteville, NC

"To the family of SSG Paul J. Johnson,I send my prayers and heartfelt sorrow on the loss of your son, husband, father. How proud we all are of Paul and all who serve for this great nation of ours. God granted Paul a heroic life to be proud of. May you all find peace and comfort in your faith. Please contact me,at alc.deb@wcc.net I want to send immediate family an heirloom cross...your friend in Christ,and mother of Sgt.Estevan Montano,A Co 1/505 PIR,Ft Bragg,NC"
Deborah Pedroza of San Angelo, Texas, USA

"To the family of SSG Johnson: My husband, Spc. Marchand and I would like to express our deepest condolences and pray everyday for God to give you strength through this time of grief. I wish there was more that we could do for Missy and their son; we will always think of them in our prayers."
Katie and Joaquin Marchand of Fayetteville, NC USA

"My name is SFC Terry Baumann, PJ was a squad leader in my platoon for Afghanistan and Iraq. He more importantly was a dear friend of mine. I will always remember him for his smile and the care and devotion he had for his family and his soldiers. He was the best leader, planner and executor of our countries missions that I have ever known. He will be remembered always, his legacy remains in his squad platoon and his son Bryan. PJ, I will never forget you,Terry"
Terry of Fayetteville Nc


Those rows of white crosses,
so silent and still.
That lay on a hill,
on all beachhead hills.
They are old symbols of each
mother’s son.
Who has given his life
so this war can be won.
And when you pass by, give them
a little salute and a prayer.

SSG Johnson we were buddies in B co 2-325 PIR and buddies in A co 1-505 PIR
I have known you a long time and will always remember what you have done for us. Your Friend SFC Garcia, Ruben R."
Ruben R. Garcia of Rockport, Texas


"To the family of SSG Paul Johnson.
I attended BNCOC with PJ in 2000. He was my classmate, study partner, and my friend, and I will miss him."
SSG George Johnson of Camp Kalsu, Iraq

"I was in Paul Johnsons squad as his B- team leader when we were hit, he was a great and a great mentor. I will never forget all the things he has taught me. He might be gone but he will never be forgotten"
Spc Gerald Leatherman of A co. 1-505 P.I.R. Ft. Bragg N.C.

"I served with SSG. Johnson in Afghanistan. We where both squad leaders in A. co. 1/505 PIR. We shared many hardships together in the "stan". Its a great loss to see him leave us. RANGER LEAD THE WAY. AIRBORNE."
SGT. Cesar R. Garcia of Cary, NC.

"To the family of SSG Paul Johnson, I share your tremendous pain in the loss of your beloved son and husband, Paul. His selfless courage and devotion to our country will always be remembered by a grateful nation. I, too, lost my son in Iraq. Like Paul, my son, SPC Jeffrey Mattison Wershow, served in the 82nd from '99-'02. He was serving with the Army FL National Guard when he was KIA at Baghdad University on July 6. Paul and Jeffrey are now together in another place and time, and with all the other soldiers who have gone before them, have their loving arms wrapped around you. I wish you peace and send blessings to you and yours. Know that another bereaved parent shares in your loss."
Anne Marie Mattison of Gainesville FL

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Paul 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 Paul 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 Staff Sgt. Paul 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 Paul, 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