Thursday, January 26, 2012

Celebrating a True Hero

Yesterday, my college friend First Lt. David Johnson, was killed in action over in Afghanistan. Although I am deeply saddened and still a bit shocked by this news, I am so proud of him. Not only did he fight valiantly for his country, but he always fought courageously for his heavenly kingdom. 

You will be missed while we're still here on earth, but because of the hope we have in Christ, we will see you again. And we know that heaven has welcomed home a real hero. It seems like only yesterday we were all chatting on Evangel campus between classes and chapel. Miss you, David! 

“It is good to remind ourselves that the freedom we enjoy isn’t free. It has cost many families a great deal—and it has cost some everything. Our veterans, reservists, active duty military personnel and military families deserve our thanks.” - Evangel Campus Pastor John Plake

You may read the article/announcement here.

First memorial service at Evangel Chapel here and here.

David’s civilian and military education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from Evangel University (2010), Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course (2011), Combatives level 1 and 2 (2011), and the Stryker Brigade Combat Team Leaders Course (2011).
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Overseas Service Bar.

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