An Army officer from Mayville, Wis., has been killed in action in Afghanistan, his family said in a news release Thursday.
Family members said the military informed them Wednesday night of the death 1LT David Johnson, 24.
The U.S. Department of Defense said later Thursday that Johnson was on foot patrol Wednesday when an improvised explosive device exploded and fatally wounded him.
Johnson, a platoon leader, was assigned to the Army’s 5th Battalion; 20th Infantry Regiment; 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team; 2nd Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.
“We are very proud of our son,” said the release from the soldier’s parents, Andrew and Laura Johnson. “He is a hero. He first was a man of God. He has been a strong leader at Mayville High School, at Evangel University and to the men in his unit. David had no fear of adversity; he lived life to the fullest. There are no regrets. He is an American hero. We love him very much and miss him very much.”
Andrew Johnson is publisher of the Dodge County Pioneer in Mayville, in southeastern Wisconsin.
The community has been hit hard by news of the death, said Katie Leb, an acquaintance of David Johnson and editor of the newspaper.
“In this town, the Johnson family is well-known and well-loved, and to lose David has saddened everyone,” Leb said Thursday. “Everyone here was tremendously proud of him and what he did for our country.”
Johnson joined the Army soon after graduating from high school in 2006 and was a leader in the ROTC during college, Leb said.
Johnson’s family was traveling to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where the soldier’s remains were being sent.
Johnson was a 2011 graduate of Evangel University in Springfield, Mo., a school his brother Michael attends. Campus pastor John Plake said David was the oldest of four siblings. He had two brothers and a sister.
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