Saturday, August 18, 2007

Christopher C. Johnson

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The Detroit News -- ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Christopher C. Johnson had looked danger in the eye many times before as a Green Beret, but it was his dream of flying for the armed services that led him to train to become part of a helicopter crew. The 31-year-old pilot, who grew up in Grand Rapids, Mich. and graduated from Tri-Unity Christian School, accomplished his goal and was doing what he loved when he was killed Tuesday near Anbar province in Iraq. His CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed during a routine post-maintenance test flight, killing all five on board. Charles and Mary Johnson of Gallup, N.M., were informed of their son's death Wednesday morning. 'I found out a helicopter crashed yesterday when I was on the computer and saw a news flash. I clicked on it and saw that it was a Chinook and it was about the area that we knew he was in,' Mary Johnson said in a telephone interview Wednesday. 'He always promised to call or e-mail when there was a crash so that we knew he was safe,' she said. 'After a whole night of not hearing from him, we knew something was wrong.' Johnson, a member of Task Force Dragon, had been in Iraq for less than a month, his mother said. "

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