Remains of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson return to Miami | Tuesday, 17 October 2017 – Miami Video

A HERO RETURNS HOME – We are LIVE in Miami as the body of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson returns home after he was killed in northwestern Africa while working with an elite Special Forces unit
Tuesday, 17 October 2017

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The body of Sgt. La David Johnson, the soldier from Miami Gardens who was working with an elite U.S. Army Special Forces unit when he died in northwestern Africa, returned to South Florida about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday.

President Donald Trump spoke to his wife, Myeshia Johnson for about 5 minutes. Johnson’s 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter were at the Miami International Airport for the Delta Airlines flight bringing their dad’s casket with full military honors. The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department welcomed him with a water salute.

The widow, who is expecting their third baby in January, leaned over the U.S. flag that was draping his casket. Her pregnant belly was shaking as she sobbed uncontrollably. She hugged the casket and her tears rolled down her face and on the flag. Their daughter stood next to her stoically. Their toddler sat on the legs of a relative who wore a set of pink peace sign dangle earrings.

There was silence. Local politicians, police officers and firefighters lined up to honor him for his service and for the efforts and discipline that got the former Walmart employee to defy all odds as a 25-year-old member of the 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

The procession was set to travel from Miami-Dade to Broward County. About 5:45 p.m., the procession was traveling eastbound on the State Road 112 off of LeJeune Road in Miami-Dade. Northbound traffic was closed on Interstate 95, as the procession traveled on the Express Lanes.

Police officers and firefighters stood along I-95 to salute their American hero. Some held their hands on their chest. There were tears. The procession arrived at the Fred Hunters Funeral Home in Hollywood about 6:25 p.m.

His body will remain there until a public viewing from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, and a funeral service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, at the Christ The Rock Church, 11000 Stirling Rd., in Cooper City. The internment will be a the Hollywood Memorial Gardens, 3001 N. 72 St.

Johnson was fighting alongside Green Berets when he died. The group, which included a Nigerien patrol, didn’t have U.S. overhead armed air cover when Islamic militants ambushed them Oct. 4 near the Niger border with Mali.

Johnson was left behind when French forces’ helicopters scrambled to evacuate the soldiers, and it took nearly two days for Nigerien forces to find his body in the desert of the landlocked nation, according to the U.S. Africa Command.

His “Bush Hog formation was made better because of Johnson’s faithful service, and we are focused on caring for the Johnson family during this difficult period,” Lt. Col. David Painter, commander of 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, said in a statement.

The U.S. military held a return of remains ceremony when Johnson’s body arrived at the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Oct. 7, while President Donald Trump was playing golf with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami Gardens, was at Miami International Airport when Johnson’s body arrived Tuesday. She said she wanted to know why the chain of command failed to anticipate “even the possibility of an ambush” and equip Johnson to fight against militants affiliated with ISIS.

Johnson’s awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Parachutist Bade, the Driver and Mechanic Badge and the Marksmanship Qualification Badge. He also participated in operations with the Canadian Armed Forces and received Canadian Parachutist Wings.

Johnson, who was affectionately known as “Tee” at Miami Carol City Senior High School, was formerly known by thousands on social media as the “Wheelie King 305.” He graduated from ATI Career Training Center. He was also a member of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, a mentorship program Wilson founded.

She said other members of the program were mourning Johnson’s death at the hands of ISIS-affiliated militants.

“It is unwise to underestimate under any circumstances their bloodthirsty and deadly force … We need to know the truth and we need to know it now,” Wilson said in a statement.

When enemy fighters attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns Oct. 4, Johnson and the others were in unarmored pickup trucks, according to a U.S. official who talked to CNN. After he was left behind, Johnson was able to activate his military beacon, but the U.S. military couldn’t track him before the signal faded, according to a U.S. officials who talked to NBC News.

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  1. RIP you are a hero. ?? Greater love hath no man than that he lay down his life for his brother. You have made the ultimate sacrific.

  2. RIP you are a hero greater love hath no man than no man that he lay down his life for his brother. you have made the ultimate sacrific. david johnson

  3. A true hero, thank you so much. Mrs. Johnson and the children will be in my prayers.

  4. Rest in Peace…you are a true HERO..???

  5. All blacks in the US military need to finish their stint and do not re-enlist. Every black person that was thinking about joining the military need to re-evaluate the decision and don't join. When white America's enemies (and they have more enemies than any race) begin to attack the USA, let white people fight their own damn wars.

    A good example is 9/11! Osama bin Laden wasn't after black people. If he wanted to kill black people, he would have sent his planes to the ghettos of America and white people would have praised him if he did. Now remember, as a side-note. those ghettos were legislated and politically created by whites to keep black Americans marginalized and out of the white suburbs. So, even then, when we discuss where blacks live in America, it is also based on racism and bigotry. Again, stop fighting these white people's wars. Every war that you win for them, history has proven that they will penalize you for it back home in the states. Helping them does not improve family's lifestyle in the United States, because you can't rationalize or compromise with white devils.

  6. Brave soldier, very sad for his family and especially the poor little kiddies!! His daughter bless her looked so confused…just awful!! Why couldn't they have shut the damn plane engines off and prepared the coffin before presenting it to his family!!?? Really disrespectful and in poor taste considering that this soldier has given his life for his country!!! Shame!!!

  7. He is a hero.

    The orange piece of shit in the White House wouldn't deserve to polish Sgt Johnson's boots.

  8. Piece of shit trump calls TWO WEEKS after Sgt Johnson is killed.

    ONLY AFTER the media pressures him.

  9. This is truly heart breaking 🙁

  10. Thank you for your Service RIP . Where’s all the bikers at.

  11. Why does that bald cop in the brown shirt walk around and trying to act important?

  12. Dude died for nothing. No one in Niger ever bothered me. On the contrary, these PoS rednecks terrorize me more than any African in some distant land.

  13. I've been crying for about 2 hours here at my desk at work. Trying to hide my face from coworkers, I didn't know this man, but as a Navy brat mother of 3, I feel for Myesha and their young family. I don't want to imagine her pain.

  14. We as Indigenous Israelite Americans-aka-so called Blaq People have no business enlisting in AmeriKKKa's military because we have always been disrespected in life & death. WWIII starts AmeriKKKa will attempt to draft our people but we can follow Muhammad Ali's stance which is now a legal precedence and not fight for a country that won't fight for us.

  15. Sad realy sad earth is the fullness.

  16. R.I.P Sgt. La David Johnson! You're a HERO!

    Donald Fucktard Trump. You're a fucking retard and a MORON. Please book a one way ticket to the Sun.

  17. Thank God almighty for this American HERO and SON, Sgt. La David Johnson……All gave some, but some gave ALL. Gods blessings on his immediate young family and mother who gave America this outstanding man. Rest In Peace brother.

  18. My heart breaking for this young family. La David Johnson, was a young husband and father as well as a soldier serving his country. Why wasn't the President of these United States there with that family? He claims the Flag means so much to him. Is it true he spent that day golfing at his Virginia club? Doesn't he understand his responsibilities?

  19. Some of you are really horrible people any of you that bring your personal politics into the death of a hero I hope you ROT anyone that politicizes this heroes death you are what’s wrong with this country


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