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Vancouver Soldier Jeremiah Johnson Put to Rest With Patriot Guard at Attention

Mourners packed a Hazel Dell, Wash. church Friday to mourn the loss of what many will remember as the boy next door.

Cpl. Jeremiah Johnson funeral
The Patriot Guard leads the procession to the gravesite Saturday.
Photos courtesy: iraqwarheroes.org
Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away

(VANCOUVER, Wash. ) - Army Spc. Jeremiah Johnson, a Prairie High School baseball star from Vancouver, Wash., died Friday in Germany 10 days after suffering critical injuries when a Humvee rolled over into a canal in Baghdad. Jeremiah was born August 18th, 1983, and died January 5th, 2007. "Bless his heart, we were with him to the end," said Johnson's mother, Elizabeth Johnson of Vancouver, in a telephone call from Germany. "At about 1:52 PM here, our time, Jeremiah passed away." The death came at 3:52 AM AST Friday. He was 23. Saturday, the Patriot Guard escorted the procession with the Bag Pipe leading the mass of friends and loved ones to the gravesite.

Cpl Jeremiah Johnson

Johnson is the 12th soldier from the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, who has died since the unit arrived in Iraq in the fall. At least 45 others have been injured. Soldiers from another Humvee crew pulled Johnson from the water after he was submerged for more than 10 minutes Dec. 26th. Johnson suffered critical brain damage from being deprived of oxygen but survived to be flown to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where his parents and wife watched over him night and day for more than a week.

Photo: iraqwarheroes.org

Two of Johnson's buddies also were killed when the Humvee crashed during a night patrol with Johnson standing in the turret as the gunner. The other soldiers killed were Johnson's best friend, 21-year old Army Spc. Joseph A. Strong, of Lebanon, Ind., who died en route to the hospital in Germany, and 21-year old Spc. Douglas Logan Tinsley, of Chester, S.C. who died at the scene of the accident. Army authorities continue to investigate the crash but said they believe no hostile fire was involved.

Photo: iraqwarheroes.org

According to icasualties.net, researchers have recorded over 25,000 American military casualties, a grim milestone in the cost of the Iraq conflict. Over 3,000 U.S. soldiers have been killed; 22,000 injured; 245 other Coalition soldiers, mostly British, have also died, as well as at least 50,000 Iraqi civilians.

Photo: iraqwarheroes.org

Jeremiah Johnson is survived by his mother, Elizabeth; his wife, Gale; two children, Isaiah, 4, and Rya, 2; and his father, David Johnson of Vancouver. He also is survived by four siblings: Naphtali, 21; Lauralee, 20; Zachary, 17, and Tim, 15. He is survived by many other relatives, several of them in the Vancouver area. A memorial service for Jeremiah Johnson was held at 1:00 PM Friday at Vancouver First Church of God. The graveside service was Saturday at 1:00 PM at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, also in Vancouver. Iraqwarheroes.org was on hand to capture these poignant photographs. A trust fund for Cpl. Johnson's wife and children has been set up at Washington Mutual. Donations in his name can be made at any branch.

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DAB January 19, 2007 5:25 pm (Pacific time)

Your son is a hero in my book. DAB engineman 3rd class USN 1965

R. Kovach January 18, 2007 9:42 am (Pacific time)

Your son is a hero and shall never be forgotten. Please forgive that some feel a need to make this a political forum. It's not. The protestors do enough of that.

"Dunkin' D" January 16, 2007 10:47 pm (Pacific time)

May peace be with Cpl. Johnson's family and friends during their time of sorrow. My sincerest condolences to you all.

Lynda Fullerton January 16, 2007 9:35 pm (Pacific time)

I would say that this is not the place to air our political views ....my heart goes out to the familys of our fallen heroes ... the men and women who gave their all, for our freedom!

SrA Dave Thomas January 16, 2007 8:57 am (Pacific time)

i pray for the johnson family and others that has lost someone in this war.. they are the reason i stood up and joined.. let freedom rain!!

ana January 15, 2007 6:44 pm (Pacific time)

That is so sad, i hope this all ends soon. Poor families, poor kids! Rest in peace!

Kimberly Baker January 15, 2007 5:32 pm (Pacific time)

Words cannot express the deep sorrow we fell over the loss of your loved one.We recently lost our nephew Philip D Ford in Iraq on dec 10 2006.Your family will always be in our prayers and thank you for this beautiful young life.

Vicki Vincent January 15, 2007 2:54 pm (Pacific time)

Words seem so emtpy when you try to tell someone how full your heart feels. Your Hero fell with Honor, and was dedicated to serve a country full of people he didn't know. This Greatful Nation's sarrow goes out to the Family of a Brave man they will never know. Mom of 3 Marines

D. Manning January 15, 2007 11:29 am (Pacific time)

May he rest in peace. Another brave soul whose blood is on the hands of President Bush. Pray for an end soon. Bring them home, alive.

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