Body of Sgt. La David Johnson found days after ambush tied up

Sgt. La David Johnson, 25, was killed in action in Niger (Photo source: U.S. Dept. of Defense)

Last month, the U.S. Department of Defense announced the death of four soldiers in the country of Niger in Africa. The soldiers were ambushed with rocket-propelled grenades and machine-gun fire. One of the soldiers killed was U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, a father of two with another child expected in January.

Johnson’s body was left behind when his unit fled and it took two days to recover it. President Trump called Myeshia Johnson to express his condolences on the death of her husband but in true Trump fashion, he turned into an insensitive jackass. According to U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla, Trump had a five-minute conversation with the grieving, pregnant widow and told her, “he knew what he signed up for … but when it happens, it hurts anyway.”

But what Sgt. Johnson did not sign up for was to be left behind and captured by the enemy. According to the Washington Post, that is what happened to Johnson before he was killed. It was widely reported that the U.S. and allied forces in the area recovered Johnson’s body two days after the ambush. But, in fact, it was a group of children taking care of cattle who found Johnson’s remains in a field and alerted adults. A villager identified as Adamou Boubacar, 23,  stated to the Post that he saw Johnson’s body lying face down, and the back of his head had been smashed. Also, Johnson’s wrists were bound with rope, which may indicate he was captured alive by ISIS-backed militants. According to the US military unidentified, Johnson’s transponder was activated pinging his location for a time. Nigerien military forces actually retrieved his remains.

Army officials informed Myeshia Johnson that her husband’s body was too badly disfigured to be viewed when it arrived at the funeral home. Because Mrs. Johnson has been critical of Trump’s comments about her husband’s death, she has become a target of vile, hateful comments on social media.

The Trump administration has not given a full account of the activities of U.S. forces in Niger and other regions in Africa.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

"Mo Betta" Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.

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  1. why would white folks bash this young woman, she just dont want the president , making odd rude comments to her , he knew every word he said to her was recorded and he never said that to a white family they would have been pissed too .. obama would never had told someone THATS WHAT YOU SIGNED UP FOR .. no one signs up to be torchured and beat to death this was a young man , who had love ones STUPIDS . AMERICA will never have unity cause the poeple we over there fighting dont hate us HALF as much as WHITE do WHO WERE raised on the same land my ancestors cropped and were killed trying to do . HOW DARE WHITES DISRESPECT THIS FAMILY , just cause she young . her husband fought for you . i quest , that is the reason not a lot of black men go into the miltary this is primarily why , WHITES AINT GONNA RESPECT YOU FOR DOING THAT EVEN . so why go in .. now i know why i never enrolled . glad the hell i didnt, now ..
    all you get is some tacky benefits , , a waiting line long as a mile to get in the VA . to get half ass treatment, and a check you cant buy .

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