Allen C. Johnson

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Sgt. 1st Class Allen C. Johnson

Senior Special Forces Medical Sergeant

1st Battalion

7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC

KIA April 26 in Khanaqin, Afghanistan

when he was attacked by enemy fire during a Combat Patrol.

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His awards and decorations include the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Parachutist Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge and the Special Forces Tab.

He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Medical Badge.

Johnson is survived by his wife, Staff Sgt. Eunice Johnson, and three children Stacy, 9, Joshua, 3, and Naomi, 1. He is the son of Ray and Adrianntje Johnson 

A Special Forces Soldier based here died April 26 in Khanaqin, Afghanistan, when his unit was attacked by enemy small arms fire during a combat foot patrol.

Sgt. 1st Class Allen C. Johnson, 31, a Special Forces medical sergeant assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) here, was fatally wounded during the attack and was later pronounced dead after being medevaced from the scene.

The 7th SFG is currently deployed with Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

A native of Los Molinos, Calif., Johnson entered the Army in October 1991 as an infantryman. After completing infantry and airborne training at Fort Benning, Ga., in February 1992, he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Lewis, Wash.

In 1994, he was assigned to the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Polk, La., and also later served with 1st Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment there.

After changing his military occupational specialty from infantryman to corrections specialist in 1996, Johnson was assigned as a team leader to the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

After being reassigned in 1998 for two years with the 704th Military Police Battalion at Fort Lewis as a squad leader, he was accepted into Special Forces training at Fort Bragg.

Johnson arrived at the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) in April 2000 to begin the more than two years of intense training it would take for him to become a Special Forces medical sergeant.

He was assigned to the 7th SFG in July 2002.

Johnson’s military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, the Primary Leadership Development Course, the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, the Special Forces Qualification Course and the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course.

Sgt. 1st Class Allen C. Johnson, 31, of Los Molinos, California was remembered with full military honors at a service at Wednesday at New Life Assembly in Corning. by Members of The 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) from Fort Bragg, NC

He was a 1991 graduate of Los Molinos High School. 

Army Chaplain Tim Rietkerk conducted the funeral service which included remarks from members of Johnson's team and his daughter.

After the opening prayer and a reading from Isaiah 25:6-9 which tells of a feast prepared for those who wait faithfully upon the Lord, Johnson's team member Sgt. First Class Jim Miller assured him and his family that they will continue to fight for what he died for. 

CW2 Dan Carlson told those in attendance to take solace as they look back at the champion's life, referring to Johnson.

"It's important to learn what we can do with the time we have left," said Carlson. "For him it was spent serving others."

In what was an especially touching and poignant, Johnson's 9-year-old daughter Stacy stood bravely and read a poem about her father.

When she was through, she said that she knew that her dad loved her and her family and his country enough to die for it and that's what he did.

Speaking on behalf of Johnson's wife Eunice, SSG Melinda Barfknecht read remarks prepared by the widow.

Johnson's wife is assigned to the 519th Military Intelligence Battalion and was deployed to Iraq. She was notified last week of her husband's death. She left Iraq for Germany and then Fort Bragg, before arriving in Los Molinos.

She talked about the flight back being alone one last time with her husband and about a promise she had made to "protect and raise your children with dignity and pride."

A 21-gun salute was fired outdoors as it began to rain, and "Taps" was sounded inside the church's sanctuary. The flag which adorned Johnson's casket was presented to his young widow and a similar flag to his mother. The California Highway Patrol presented his wife with a California state flag. Later after the services, Dave Meurer, field representative for Congressman Wally Herger presented the family with a flag and the congressman's condolences.

Attending the service was Brig. General David Bufford. Also in attendance were representatives of the City of Corning, Mayor Gary Strack, City Manager Steve Kimbrough and Councilwoman Toni Parkins and other city staff, as well as representatives from Los Molinos High School. There were also various veterans groups represented.

A luncheon was served after the service at the Corning Veterans Memorial Building.


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Memorial service honors fallen Special Forces medic


FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, May 13, 2005) – A memorial service here May 12 honored a Special Forces medic who was killed in action in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Approximately 200 family members, friends and brothers-in-arms paid their respects to Sgt. 1st Class Allen C. Johnson at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Chapel.

Johnson, a Special Forces medical sergeant assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), was fatally wounded during an attack in Afghanistan.

He was 31 years old.


“Allen was a beloved teammate, father and husband,” said Lt. Col. James E. Kraft, battalion commander, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group. “He knew his duty to the mission and to his teammates on his left and right.”

Warrant Officer Daniel Carlson, a teammate of Johnson, reminisced about his “best friend in the Army.”

“Allen was one who always enjoyed his family,” Carlson said. “Our families shared July 4th together, and eat barbeque chicken with Allen’s famous barbeque sauce. He would never miss an invitation from friends.” 

Carlson also said Johnson was an accomplished medical sergeant. Twice, Johnson provided medical attention to Carlson.

A native of Los Molinos, Calif., Johnson entered the Army in October 1991 as an infantryman. After completing infantry and airborne training at Fort Benning, Ga., in February 1992, he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Lewis, Wash.

Johnson arrived at the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) in April 2000 to begin the more than two years of intense training it would take for him to become a Special Forces medical sergeant.

The ceremony began with the playing of the "National Anthem," followed by Invocation, Scripture Reading and Commander's Tribute. 

During the ceremony, bagpiper John Ewell played renditions of “Amazing Grace,” and "Ballad of the Green Beret." 

Then per military custom, The Last Roll Call was held, followed by Firing of Volleys, Sounding of Taps, Benediction, and Postlude.

**Information from SFAHQ.com, The Department of Defense, USASOC used in this Article.

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