By Dillard Johnson, James Tarr
Amid ferocious battling that repeatedly approximately took his existence, Sergeant Dillard "C. J." Johnson and his staff are well-known via Pentagon studies to have accounted for surprising enemy KIA totals whereas scuffling with in and out of the "Carnivore," the Bradley struggling with car Johnson commanded in the course of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After miraculously beating stage-three melanoma (caused via radiation publicity from firing armor-piercing depleted-uranium rounds in the course of combat), he back to his platoon in Baghdad for a moment travel, frequently serving as a sniper conserving his fellow troops. at the present time, Johnson and his men's tale is the stuff of legend—earning them a canopy tale in Soldier of Fortune and a exhibit within the citadel Stewart Museum. yet merely now could be Johnson telling his complete tale: reviewed and authorized for ebook by means of the dep. of Defense, Carnivore is the gripping and unflinchingly sincere autobiography of a impressive American warrior.
"The predicted enemy KIAs for workers Sergeant Johnson’s BIFV [Bradley Infantry struggling with car] in this struggle [22 March, 2003] was once 488. The casual estimate from the troop was once that Johnson and his workforce killed at the least 1,000 Iraqis on 23 March. Later within the movement north, Johnson engaged and destroyed 20 vehicles and tallied 314 KIAs within the neighborhood of An Najaf. At goal FLOYD, Johnson’s platoon fought one more sour struggle opposed to what they declare was once 1000 paramilitary troops. … occasions have been corroborated via separate interviews with the rest of C/3-7 CAV, to incorporate the troop commander." —On aspect: the us military in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the respectable examine of the 2003 invasion commissioned by means of the U.S. military leader of Staff
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Miller used to be driving in our teach. He was once often a happy-go-lucky man, a third-generation soldier who had joined our troop prior to we headed to Kuwait, but if he was once ultimately capable of get via to the Colonel at the radio, he in no doubtful phrases expressed his want that Alpha and Bravo begin killing the bastards popping up the provision teach. That’s why we ran up at the again of a Bradley—Alpha used to be stalled in an important firefight and had stopped to slug it out with the Iraqis rather than rushing out of the kill area like they’d been doing. I had by no means visible whatever like what used to be taking place in entrance of me at that second. My complete troop used to be all firing even as, in each course. It used to be massive—120 mm, 25 mm, . 50-cal, and seven. sixty two mm, tracers and explosions, incoming AK and RPG hearth, Iraqis operating and screaming, BMPs blindly firing directly around the street. we would have technically been of their kill quarter, yet in truth they have been in ours. Our education and guns and armor have been the easiest on the planet. We have been simply too good outfitted. The go speak over the radio was once consistent and, contemplating what we have been dealing with, strangely calm undefined. I heard every person from employees Sergeant Harris, our upkeep Platoon Sergeant, to First Sergeant Grigges. all people used to be operating the web, laying hearth into the Iraqis, calling out objectives. Sergeant Christner had his Bradley firing on an Iraqi mortar place to our left entrance. Enemy mortar rounds landed the entire method round him, yet his group used to be very fortunate and didn’t take a success. each around he fired hit actual, and the mortar crew died in position. employees Sergeant may possibly, Christner’s M1 wingman, fired one hundred twenty mm warmth rounds into one other mortar place. Geary’s Bradley used to be operating much better and he acquired a few payback—his 25 mm used to be barking like a mad puppy in a cat farm. He merely stopped firing lengthy sufficient to reload his coax desktop gun. I heard Harris chatting with Sergeant Willey, and with their . 50s they have been killing Iraqi troops who had moved to inside toes of the line. They couldn’t use the points of interest on their cars as the Iraqis have been too low and shut, in order that they have been retaining their NVGs (night imaginative and prescient goggles) with one hand whereas they fired their . 50s with the opposite, strolling the tracers into the dismounts. 3rd and Fourth Platoons have been firing up two hundred dismounts in a close-by wooden line. Sergeant first-class Lessane and employees Sergeant Hamilton, from Fourth Platoon, have been attractive dismounts who were attempting to paintings their means as much as the aid cars at nighttime. They didn’t even get shut. take into account how Williams’s gasoline mobilephone have been cracked correct after coming into Iraq? good, at the moment, he had commandeered Sowby’s Bradley and used to be towing the Casanova at the back of it. He ended up renaming his new experience Casanova 2. His 25 mm used to be to front, even though, and he used to be in a position to slew his turret and interact ambitions as quick as he might establish them. We emptied and reloaded our prepared bins not less than two times. The wooden traces on each side of the line have been on fireplace sooner than we complete our very sluggish roll-through.