Staff Sgt Paul J. Johnson
Birth: November 4, 1973 – Calumet, Michigan
Died: October 20, 2003 – Al Fallujah, Iraq
Sgt Johnson was assigned to 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was on a mounted patrol when the vehicle he was riding in hit an improvised explosive device and later came under small arms fire by enemy forces. His squad had just finished delivering a load of school supplies when a homemade bomb ripped through his Humvee. During his military service, he received both a combat infantry badge and a bronze star for heroism in the line of fire. He earned more than 30 awards and decorations, including two Bronze Stars, two NATO medals, three humanitarian service medals, two National Defense Service medals, three good conduct medals, French and Russian parachutist badges and a Purple Heart. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal for valor and the Purple Heart. He is survived by his wife, Mary, and son.