This Veterans Day will be a grim one for Myeshia Johnson, the pregnant widow who lost her husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, last month (Oct. 4). Johnson was one of four U.S. Special Forces soldiers who were killed in an enemy ambush in Niger. Donald Trump disappointed the masses as the president reportedly told Mrs. Johnson that the Sgt. “knew what he signed up for” in what was supposed to be a phone call offering condolences.
New details have surfaced about the way he was killed. The Washington Post reports that according to two villagers in Niamey, Niger, Johnson may have been first captured, then executed.
Tribute @afrho.bella This is what a hero looks like: Carol City’s own Sgt. La David Johnson. His funeral is one of the longest and most elaborate processions I’ve ever seen. . SoFlo & all of America, let’s make sure we continue rally around Myesha Johnson, La David Johnson’s widow, and their 3 children and continue to provide them with love and support. . I don’t even know this young man personally, but I admire and respect him, and sometimes loved ones need to hear and know things like this. I know La David: . ▫Was brave and courageous . ▫Was very young (01/26/1992) . ▫Was loved dearly among his peers & comrades . ▫Loved cars and bikes . ▫Was popular on social media, especially IG, and went by “Wheelie King 305” because he could ride on 1 wheel for miles & because of the tricks he could do . ▫Left behind 3 young children, 1 of whom is unborn. . (There’s a special place in my heart for people from South Florida who excel. There’s a love and an indescribable proud feeling…I just can’t explain it.) . Rep. Frederica Wilson has a scholarship fund for his children; check it out if you can. . Sgt. Johnson’s awards and decorations during his service include: ▫Army Achievement Medal ▫Army Good Conduct Medal ▫Global War on Terrorism Medal ▫Army Service Ribbon ▫Army Parachutist Badge ▫Army Air Assault Badge ▫Driver and Mechanic Badge ▫Marksmanship Qualification Badge – Sharpshooter with Rifle . . #LaDavidJohnson #SgtJohnson #Niger4 #WheelieKing #CarolCity #Miami #305 #AmericanHero #Soldier #FallenSoldier #Army #BlackExcellence ✊🏿
Adamou Boubacar, a 23-year-old farmer and trader in the village, claimed that children tending to cattle found his remains in a bushy area approximately a mile from the attack site. Johnson’s wrists were bound with rope, and he sustained a gaping wound at the back of his head, as if he was struck by something. His shoes had also been taken. (The other soldiers were found in a separate location, stripped of their clothing as well.) The village chief of Tongo Tongo, Mounkaila Alassane, separately confirmed the findings to the U.S. via phone.
The discovery may provide some insight as to why it took two days for the U.S. to retrieve Johnson’s body, versus the other soldiers being found a few hours after the battle.
Our thoughts continue to go to the Johnson family at this time.