United States Army Private First Class • Line of Duty Death: June 12, 2007

On June 12, 2007, United States Army Private First Class William Christopher Johnson lost his life due to injuries sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device in Baghdad. Johnson was just 22 years old.

Johnson was born on January 1st 1985 in Durham, North Carolina. He was raised in Oxford, North Carolina by his loving mother and father. Growing up, Johnson spent a lot of time outdoors and enjoyed taking part in his church community. At the improbable age of 15, Johnson joined his local fire station as an Antioch Volunteer Firefighter. He graduated from W.F. Webb High School in 2003, and enlisted in the United States Army in 2005. Johnson was inspired to join the Army due to the events of 9/11 and yearned to make a difference within his community. Johnson was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas. While stationed there, Johnson would go on to meet his wife, Megan. Before he left for Iraq, they discovered two weeks prior that Megan was pregnant with their daughter, Christina.

Johnson is remembered by friends and family as an honorable man who would stop at nothing to help the people he loved. He always had a bright smile and always provided reliable assistance whenever needed. He loved to make people laugh, and lived everyday to the absolute fullest as if it were his last.

US Army Private First Class William Christopher Johnson is survived by his wife Megan, and daughter, Christina.