Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. This month’s Honoree is Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michael V. Johnson Jr.
Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michael V. Johnson Jr.
Died March 25, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom
25, of Little Rock, Ark.; assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego, 3rd Marine Division Detachment, Fleet Marine Force, San Diego; killed March 25 while tending to wounded colleagues in Iraq.
Among the photos that covered his mother’s coffee table are snapshots of Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michael Vann Johnson Jr. the way his family remembers him: grinning in Mickey Mouse ears and waving at the camera.
“He was just a big kid,” said his sister, Janisa Hooks. “Mikey was a fun person. He liked to draw and he loved basketball, a real people’s person.”
Johnson, 25, was killed March 25 when he was hit by shrapnel while tending to injured colleagues.
He was raised in Little Rock, Ark., and graduated from the University of Central Arkansas. He and his wife, Cherice, lived in San Diego, where he was assigned to the 1st Marine Division.
Shortly before his death, his mother received a letter from him. “Mom,” he wrote, “I love you, and don’t be afraid if I don’t return, realize I’m in heaven with God.
Navy dedicates San Diego clinic to slain sailor
SAN DIEGO — Friends and family of Navy Corpsman Michael Vann Johnson Jr. gathered Sept. 17 as his Marine Corps recruit depot dedicated a medical clinic to the sailor, who was killed in Iraq.
“We hope that by naming the branch medical clinic after Michael Johnson, we’ll preserve the sacrifices and memories of Johnson and all those who served with him,” Lt. Del Signore said.
Johnson’s wife and members of his family were in California for the ceremony, where they watched as a new sign at the clinic’s front door was revealed, renaming it Johnson Hall.
Signore said several Marines from Johnson’s unit also attended. Afterward, members of the Navy band played “Anchors Away” and the “Marine Hymn.
Johnson died March 25 when he was struck by shrapnel from a grenade while helping a wounded Marine. The Little Rock native was the first Arkansan killed in the conflict.
Fallen Hero Corpsman 3rd Class Michael Vann Johnson Jr.
Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michael Vann Johnson Jr. was raised in Little Rock Arkansas and graduated from the University of Central Arkansas. “He was just a big kid,” said his sister, Janisa Hooks. “Mikey was a fun person. He liked to draw and he loved basketball, a real people’s person.”
After graduation, Michael joined the Navy. He was assigned to Naval l Medical Center, First Marine Division Detachment San Diego California. He was then as an assigned to Third Battalion Fifth Marines (3/5), in First Marine Division (1st MAR DIV) for the duration of the Iraq War. He was what is called MAP personnel (Medical Augmented Personnel). In March 2003, Michael was deployed to Iraq. He was put with Weapons Company in the CAAT Platoon. He traveled with his men in their Humvee and took care of them. On March 25, 2003 Michael was killed by a rocket propelled grenade that entered his Humvee and detonated. Michael was tending to a wounded soldier at the time
Shortly before his death, his mother received a letter from him. “Mom,” he wrote, “I love you, and don’t be afraid if I don’t return, realize I’m in heaven with God.” Michael was the first serviceman from Arkansas to die in the war in Iraq. The Michael Vann Johnson Jr. American Legion Post No. 74 was named in his honor.
- Associated Press
- Military Times – HONOR THE FALLEN