May 19th, 2010
07:50 AM ET
soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. Joe Torres Sr

    As a Former Marine and The Father and of a Marine Serving with 3/1 Cpl Torres. I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the family of Cpl Johnson. our prayers are with you.

    Please keep our troops in your prayers

    Semper Fi

    The Torres Family

    June 11, 2010 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. gerryyang

    You should be respect forever. May god ease the pain for your family, not forgotten you!

    May 31, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. terminal lance

    hamed... i will see you in hell, the hate is likwise.

    May 28, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Former Cpl of Marines

    Rest in peace brother, see you on the other side.

    May 27, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lance Cpl(deploying soon)

    To all people who have posted on this page.. Pay no heed to "hamed" or "maria" They are
    simply ignorant and not loved enough as a child. To the family of CPL Johnson and as a fellow Marine I am praying for your strength. I have lost a brother but God has received a son. Semper Fi Cpl.

    May 26, 2010 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. Maria

    Hamed is clearly ignorant in all he is saying... Have respect for Cpl Johnson and his family!!! Rest in Peace Cpl Johnson you will never EVER be forgotten.

    May 24, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SSGT USMC currently in Afghanistan

    Cpl Johnson you a true hero!!!!!! May you rest in peace. Your family should be honored by your service. Semper Fi!!!!!!!
    May you look down upon the rest of us that are still here in country and keep us safely guided as we continue to serve over here.

    May 23, 2010 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. missstephie

    So very sad. I can not and would not desire to imagine the grief of the loss of your baby. Peace be with your family. May your son, Cpl. Johnson be in your hearts forever until you are again reunited in another place. From one mother of a USMarine to another, my most heartfelt sympathy. Rest now Cpl. Johnson, and Thank You...

    May 23, 2010 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. Upperhand

    Thank you and your family for your ultimate sacrifice Jeffery.

    May 22, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Harley Roy

    To all you good folks out there, FORGET HAMED!!!! And to quote my dear old "Dad" You can't educate pork!!! Semper Fi from an old "Brit Vet".

    May 22, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Former USMC

    Rest In Peace, Bro. Semper Fi

    May 22, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. MSgt

    stand by Hamed you are next

    May 22, 2010 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. 2/3 Marine

    First to Cpl. Jeffrey Johnson thank you for your service to the United States of America, and the United States Marine Corps. You might be gone from this earth but not from our hearts. You will always be remembered. For those people who have anything bad to say about those men and women fighting for the United can write it down on a piece of paper, and put it in an envelope and shove it up your @$$, and don't forget you can also leave the United States. Don't stand behind the freedom of speech. I wish their was an freedom of @$$ kicking admendment so that anyone who says anything bad about the United States can simply get a good @$$ kicking.

    May 22, 2010 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
    • jupiter101

      amen! If people don't like america and the army GET OUT. no one is stopping you!

      May 27, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. GWV

    My heart is deeply extended to the family of Corporal Johnson. All i have is tears in my eyes. May God be with the Johnson family at this tragic time. May Corporal Johnson rest in perfect peace.

    -from a sailor-

    May 21, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Swamy

    GODSPEED MARINE! Your duty to your country will not be forgotten! SEMPER FI ....carry on!

    May 21, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  16. crghss

    Godspeed Marine....

    May 21, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Lcpl of Marines

    that was for the future poolee!

    May 21, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  18. Lcpl of Marines

    Everytime this happens, i think all of us lose a little bit of ourselves, RIP bro. Semper Fi, Ooh-Rah!

    May 21, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  19. PG Steve

    Thank you Corporal Johnson for your service. Our Marine Corps family will be praying for you and your family. I cannot imagine the feeling of loss that your parents and family are feeling. My wife and I wait for word from our son, who is with the 3/6 in Afghanistan. Your sacrifice will be remembered by a grateful nation and the pride of your Marine Corps brothers. All our love.

    May 21, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  20. Badger

    My condolences to family of Cpl. Johnson.

    "Never Forget"

    May 21, 2010 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
  21. Adam Future-Poolee of the Marine Corps

    I send me deepest regrets to the Johnson family. May you rest in the hands of the lord in peace. You will never be forgotten, but thus remembered a hero, MY HERO. Rest in peace, sir.

    May 20, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Marine Mom (Active)

    Nice Mike! Peace and blessings to CPL Johnson's family. Know you will survive even in the midst of tears. CPL J. Thank you for your service and sacrafice

    May 20, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  23. us marine

    cnn has no problem posting comments from hamed,wishing cpl johnsons family horrible things,but will not post my comments to hamed,they must be a arab based news agency that is anti amercian.

    May 20, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Sgt J. E. Nunya

    Another Marine reporting sir...He served his time in hell.

    May 20, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  25. R Meade

    You gave the ultimate sacrifice and we honor you now and forever. RIP and prayers to the family and friends.

    May 20, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  26. JJ

    rest in peace, Cpl. Johnson and Sgt. May. keeping you in our hearts and your loved ones in our prayers always. keep the rest of the Thundering Third in your thoughts and prayers.

    May 20, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Gunny Wat

    To the family; It takes a great person to believe in something greater than them self and your son has truely demonstrated that. Semper Fi

    May 20, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  28. Wanda

    Dear Johnson Family,

    How well I remember your sons sweet face as he stood next to mine at send off. I am so sorry for your loss, he will be remembered ALWAYS by this family as a true hero and my sons brother. I will be praying for stregth for you all in the very difficult days ahead.

    God Bless and Semper Family

    May 20, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  29. Bob

    Gen. G.S Patton once said "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. "

    May 20, 2010 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  30. US Marine

    Rest in peace brother, you're with Chesty, Basilone and the countless other heroes now. Semper Fidelis.

    May 20, 2010 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  31. Xugos

    My sincere condolences to his families, and May he have earned God's pleasure, and May he rest in peace.

    May 20, 2010 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  32. USMC Corporal

    "I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom." – Abraham Lincoln

    May 20, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  33. Mike

    You speak of cowardness!! when you guys kill your own poeple women and children in the name of God!!, and we send our brave marines to defend your poeple in the name of freedom!! as children of the real God!!. You fight like cowards just like you left this cowardly message. Mohammed was only a prophet that worked for the one true guys worship Satan in disguise and are so stupid to realize it...why dont you fight like real warriors..take care of your own nation, and quit killing inocent people so we wont have to loose our brave men and women for your cowardly and pathetic nation and come back home

    May 19, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Swamy


      May 21, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Taylady

      Amen to that I totally agree

      May 21, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Taylady

      Amen to that I totally agree with you Mike

      May 21, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Frank Rizzo

    "Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem. President Ronald Reagan"

    May 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Joe Torres Senior usmc 1975 -1982

    I would like to send out my sincere condolences to the family Sergeant Kenneth May and Corporal Jeffery Johnson our two fallen marines from 3/1. Semper Fi ... RIP from the Family of CPL Torres 3/1 H & H s Com... ..
    To my son Cpl Torres 3/1 Com.. Stay Strong my son and know that you mission is just ...may God Bless you and all our troops

    May 19, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  36. mindy1

    I just hope obama and elena kagan are not celebrating

    May 19, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • ESandberg

      THIS is not the place to post a political jab – at anyone, and how very arrogant for you to insinuate that ANYONE would be celebrate at the loss of a US Marine. Take a good look at yourself

      May 20, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • M.Franks

        Bravo! My son serves in US Marine Corp, he would have probably said the same, the arrogance! I sit here crying nonstop for these young brave soldiers. When we say the pledge of allegiance we say it with pride. These young men are not forced to be there. They want to serve our country at a very high price. I commend you and your family for teaching him good, strong values and knowing that he did what he wanted to do and sacrificed his life is an overwhelming action on his part. Thank you Jeffrey and my prayers are with your family.

        May 23, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sgt J E Nunya

      A Marine died with honor. Missy, to you this means nothing. To those who served it matters. Have some class and show respect.

      May 23, 2010 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
      • mindy1

        okay you are right

        May 23, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  37. carlos valles

    God bless .you Johnson family...que Dios los bendiga..

    May 19, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Long Island former Marine

    God bless you Corporal. Semper Fi, and enjoy those streets guarded by US Marines. Our nation sheds a tear for your family's loss, and breathes a sigh that because of you, war is not fought on her shores. Go with God, my son, your tour of duty is over here.

    May 19, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  39. FMF Corpsman

    Semper fi Marine. My sincerest regards to those who are left behind.

    May 19, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Laura, A Military Mom

    My deepest sympathy to the Johnson family for their loss.

    May 19, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Tim L.

    The few the proud, to vets and current soldiers stay strong get the job done. No soldier is ever forgotten. I am and will always be true to the red,white and blue. Go in peace my fallen but not forgotten Brother in arms. We Salute you.

    May 19, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  42. j

    My brother is a member of the 3-1, Weapons company and was a friend of Jeffery's. It is a terrible tragedy and I extend my deepest condolences to his friends and family. I know my family is deeply affected by the loss. I will keep him and all others serving abroad in my thoughts. My other brother currently is serving in OEF with the 173rd Airborne of the US Army and I hope that each of us not in harm's way keep those serving in their thoughts and recognize the sacrifices and losses we all feel.

    May 19, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  43. US Sailor

    Rest in Piece CPL Johnson....may God take care of you now while you look over your family. Semper Fi an Anchors Away brother.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Marine Wife

    I'm praying for your family and friends. May you serve well in Heaven. Semper Fi... and Thank you.

    May 19, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Lorri

    I pray that you did not suffer. I will remember your name forever. May God bring peace and ease the pain your family and friends will be feeling. ~ Mother of a "Thundering Third" ~

    May 19, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  46. US Marine

    Fare winds and following seas Bro. May God ease the pain for your family. You will not be forgotten.

    May 19, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  47. tommy

    Sempher FI. thank-you for your service, my thoughts and prayers to you and your family. God has you now and forever.

    May 19, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  48. nancy

    I think what always gets to me the most is the age of the young men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice to keep our nation free. As a mother of a Army Sgt., who has served two tours of duty in Iraq and was awarded the Purple Heart both times. I can only imagine the grief that his family and friends are going through during this time. I will keep them in my thoughts and prayers always. Thank you for your service to this nation of ours. The greatest tribute that we can give our soldiers is to respect one another, love our country and help our fellow man. Rest in peace.

    May 19, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Wisconsin Veteran

    We know you wanted to come home Jeffery, but not this way... You wanted to live and love... SEMPER FI Corporal Johnson.

    May 19, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Former Marine

    Semper Fi Brother. Your sacrifice will be forever remembered by every Marine. Go easy brother.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  51. us marine

    rest in peace brother. SEMPER FI.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Stuck In Afghanny

    Rest with God brother. One way or another, we will leave here victorious. You are missed.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • bk to afganicity

      RIP brother you won't be forgotten, and all the Marines on here get home asap and i'll see you there next week

      May 21, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  53. Legalsoldier

    God Bless You CPL Johnson. You have given your life as a sacrifice so that we may live in freedom in America. Thank you for your sacrifice and your service. We will always remember you and pray for your family that loved you so much. As a fellow comrade I thank you along with the rest of America! God Bless you and your family and friends that are so proud of you. May God truly bless and save America! The land of the free, because of the brave!!!!

    May 19, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Army Captain in Afghanistan

    CPL Johnson: thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. You will always be remembered and honored.
    Kudos to CNN for deciding for honoring Corporal Johnson, rather than write another story about the "tragic" death of some drug-addicted movie star. To CPL Johnson's family: Thank you for rasing a son who possessed enough courage and honor to voluntarily put himself in harms way for something greater than himself.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • nancy

      thank you, sir I could have not said it better and thank you for your service to our country. May God watch over and protect you and all our soldiers that are currently in harms way and to the members of our military.

      May 19, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Felita Ownsbey

    My falmily and i greately appreciate the sacrifies u have mad and your family has made. Thanks to you and other soldiers who have fought and continue fighting, we can get up each morning and do what we wanna do. My kids can safely play in the yard. Thank you so much for everything you have dona, may you rest in peace. May god wrap his loving caring arms around this family and give them strength, understanding, and most of all my htis bring them closer to you God!! amen

    May 19, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Dennis C. Pence

    I commend you for your sacrifice for your country. You have enabled those who despise what you stood for to continue to breathe the air that was taken from you by a "cowardly" enemy in the name of his religion. You did so willingly and your sacrifice will be rewarded by your Creator. You, and the many others that have given your lifes for a cause you believed in, are the real heroes and the people to be honored in this country – not the politicians, athletes and entertainers out youth looks up to. Our prayers are with your family and loved ones – God Bless YOU

    May 19, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  57. Malofeo

    Rest in peace my military brother.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  58. Harley Roy

    From an old "Brit Vet" RIP Bro.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  59. Martina

    Iam thinking about his family and Friends;iam really very sad!!!!!!!

    May 19, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  60. FMF DOC

    Simpher Phi brother we will miss you. You are not forgotten. You are a true Hero. May you rest in God's house, in peace.

    May 19, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      That is "Semper Fi" are you sure you are a FMF Doc.......

      May 19, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • lee

      you're NOT AN FMF DOC!!! so stop pretending!!

      May 21, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1stSgt Vaughn


      May 24, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Elyssa

      So as a fiance of a United States Marine I am truly disappointed in Hamad's comment. This is truly a sad situation. You don't know what it is like until you are in the situation. Hamad you need to learn respect. That is so rude and disrespectful. My prayers are with Cpl Johnsons family and all the troops out there, not just the Marines. I have had mulitiple family members deployed during this war. My fiance's father is there now. This is disgusting. Cpl Johnson will never be forgotten. As for Hamad you will be. Semper Fidelis.

      May 26, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  61. Tracy

    My deepest sympathy to Jeffrey's family.

    May 19, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Daughter of Marine GSGT and a friend to many.

      Grateful for your blood, sweat and heroic commitment to keep this country free and very proud to call you one of her own. I am sending comforting thoughts to the Johnson family and continue to pray for all of our soilders and their families. God Bless You Jeffery and God bless America!!! Semper Fidelis

      May 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |