Dylan Jeffrey Johnson
Specialist, United States Army
Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 554-11
June 28, 2011
DOD Identifies Army Casualties
The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation New Dawn.
They died June 26, 2011 in Diyala province, Iraq, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
Staff Sergeant Russell J. Proctor, 25, of Oroville,
For more information the media may contact the Fort Hood public affairs office at 254-287-9398/9400 or 254-449-1824.
DIYALA PROVINCE, Iraq - 28 June 2011 - A Tulsa soldier has been killed in the line of duty during Operation New Dawn in Iraq.
The Department of Defense announced Private First Class Dylan J. Johnson, 20, died June 26 in Diyala province in Iraq.
Johnson and Staff Sergeant Russell J. Proctor, 25, were killed when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device.
They were assigned to the 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
Johnson's world literature teacher, Ron Acebo remembers a kind and quiet student.
“Dylan possessed a kind spirit and was a bit reserved in my world literature class," said Acebo. "We all ache for the loss of this young life and grieve with his family. As teachers, we all hold hopes and dreams for our students. We do not know what he could have achieved but we are humbled that he had made the supreme sacrifice for his country....and that is how he will be remembered.”
Several members of Johnson's family were en
route to Dover Air Force Base Tuesday morning to accompany his body home.
28 June 2011:
A young soldier from Tulsa, known among his
Army buddies as a fun, happy-go-lucky person, was killed in a grenade attack
in Iraq on Sunday, his father said.
Army Private First Class Dylan Jeffrey Johnson,
20, had been in Iraq only 3 1/2 weeks when he was killed in a small town
north of Baghdad, his father said. The soldier left for Iraq on Memorial
Day in what was his first overseas deployment, and he arrived there June
Jeff Johnson said Dylan Johnson went to Jenks
High School and decided to join the Army in 2009, largely inspired by the
men on both sides of his family who served with the military during World
War II and Korea.
Their last communication was Friday, when Johnson
said his son complained about the heat in Iraq and said he was bored and
wanted something to do that was more exciting.
Posted: 19 April 2012
Photos By Eileen Horan, June 2011