Army PFC John Corey Johnson
KIA May 27, 2011
Operation Enduring Freedom
Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York
PFC Corey Johnson was killed in action May 27, 2011 in Diwar, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.
Corey was an experienced hunter and tracker who grew up fishing and hunting in Arizona’s high country. At 16, he dropped out of high school to work with his father operating heavy mining equipment. Then at 18, he moved to Colorado to work in the oil fields. At 25, he returned to Arizona, and after enlisting help from Senator John McCain, he joined the Army in February of 2010. After completing training in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Fort Drum, New York, Johnson was deployed to Afghanistan in March 2011. According to his family, Corey had wanted to make a better life for himself. He had recently gotten married and had a daughter on the way.
PFC Corey Johnson was 28 years old from Phoenix, Arizona
Original portrait was presented September 8, 2012 to his mother and family at a special ceremony held during the Patriot Days events at the Hyatt Gainey Ranch Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.
SSG Victor M Ramos
3/3/2023 12:17:54 am
I remember being is the same barracks as Corey. Before deployment, he and I would often go to chow together since he had a car and I didn't. We weren't in the same company but we were kinda close since his barracks room was right across from mine. He was the first person I hung out with when I first got to Ft Drum as a brand new private. Once we deployed, I hadn't heard from him until I got the word he had been killed. I remember him telling me he had a baby on the way and I congratulated him. He is, to this day, the one and only person I knew personally who was killed in Afghanistan. I have a tattoo of his name on my arm. Rest in peace buddy.
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