First Arkansan Killed In Action

March 27, 2003
Posted at: 3:52 p.m. CST

LITTEL ROCK, Ark. -- The first serviceman from Arkansas has been killed in the war in Iraq.

The parents of 25-year-old Navy Medic Michael Vann Johnson Junior said they learned today that he was killed in action Tuesday, while tending to wounded soldiers.

Johnson's father, Michael Johnson, said his son was serving as a corpsman in the Third Battalion of the Fifth Marine Expeditionary Force.

They were not told where in the region he was killed. His mother, Jana Norfleet, said she had recently received a letter from her son saying that he was going to be OK.

She said he wrote that: ``God had twisted a guardian angel around him.''

Johnson was stationed with the Navy in San Diego, California.

He was born and raised in Little Rock, and graduated from Parkview High School. He earned his degree from the University of Central Arkansas.

The younger Johnson and his wife Cherise had no children.

His parents said they were told his body would be returned first to California, where his wife is, and then brought to Arkansas for burial.

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