Soldier Honored: Allen C. Johnson
Hometown: Molinos, CA
Branch of Service: Army
Rank: Sergeant First Class
Sergeant 1st Class Allen C. Johnson, 31, was a Special Forces medical sergeant assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), at Fort Bragg North Carolina. While SFC Johnson was serving during Operation Enduring Freedom, his unit was attacked by enemy small arms fire during a combat foot patrol in Khanaqin, Afghanistan on April 26, 2005. SFC Johnson was killed in the attack.
A native of Los Molinos, California, SFC Johnson entered the Army in October 1991 as an infantryman. After being reassigned in 1998 for two years as a squad leader, he was accepted into Special Forces training at Fort Bragg. He arrived at the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) in April 2000 to begin the more than two years of intense training it would take for him to become a Special Forces medical sergeant. His awards and decorations include the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Parachutist Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge and the Special Forces Tab. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Medical Badge.
SFC Johnson enlisted in the military shortly after his 1991 graduation from Los Molinos High School. He met his future wife at a club in Fayetteville, N.C., during the summer of 2000 while both were acting as designated drivers for friends. "Because he had long hair, I thought he was a civilian," she said. "He wasn't like a regular Army soldier with a high and tight" haircut. She said it was his sparkle, smile and blue eyes that caught her eye.
One of SFC Johnson’s daughters is a Folds of Honor Scholarship recipient.