We didn't really have any money for him go to college, and he didn't want to take any debt upon his shoulders. His ultimate goal in life was to become a plastic surgeon.
— Adriaantje Johnson, mother
Johnson's wife, Eunice, was deployed to Iraq while he was in Afghanistan. The Johnsons' two children stayed with his parents while husband and wife served overseas.
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who died during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, San Diego
Landon L. Jones, 35, Lompoc
Jonathan S. Gibson, 32, Aurora, Ore.
Robert E. Thomas Jr., 24, Fontana
Kenneth Clifford Alvarez, 23, Santa Maria
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