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Sgt. La David Johnson lost his life trying to save his comrades

Sgt. La David Johnson, Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright (Photo Credit: Associated Press)

Sgt. La David Johnson was in an armed pick-up truck when he and his comrades were ambushed on Oct. 3 in Tongo Tongo, Niger. He was being trailed by a Land Cruiser carrying Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, Sgt. La David Johnson and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright. Their cruiser was hit by a mortar and all three soldiers were killed. Johnson and his vehicle escaped the fire but then he went back. Two other U.S. soldiers in the truck ran to the Land Cruiser to return fire, with Johnson covering them from a mounted machine gun on the pick-up truck. They got back into the vehicles when they realized they were dangerously outnumbered and in the kill zone. Johnson’s body was discovered on Oct. 6.

On Friday, Oct. 27, new details revealed how Johnson actually died. A gang of 50 ISIS militants were hiding behind trees on either side of a road near the remote village when they attacked the U.S. soldiers. A village elder is suspected of stalling the troops before the ambush. He is the same elder who shared the whereabouts of Johnson’s remains to Nigerian forces.

The 42-man unit, less the aforementioned soldiers, were under fire for two hours after their call for backup. French fighter jets essentially saved their lives, the surviving U.S. and Nigerian soldiers in tandem, continuously firing shots until ISIS was scared off.



4 Comments

  1. Eisenhower_Dwight_D_USA on November 1, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Correction. 12 man unit. Not 42.

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  2. Herbie Hanwell on November 14, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Strange that he “Sgt. La David Johnson was in an armed pick-up truck” and that at the same time he was in “a Land Cruiser carrying Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W.
    Johnson, Sgt. La David Johnson and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright”. Sounds like you were there and you know.