Ladavid T. Johnson was born in Miami, Florida to Samara Johnson and Terrance McGriff on January 2, 1992. At the tender age of 5 his care was entrusted to Richard and Cowanda Johnson after his mother passed in September of 1999.
During his early years, Ladavid was involved in many activities and enjoyed playing optimist football at Risco Park. He attended Dade County Public Schools and graduated from Miami Carol City Senior High in 2010 and continued his education at AIT for mechanical engineering. It was during his early school years that he met his best friend, Myeshia Manual, who would later become his wife. They would go on to be wed on August 22, 2014 and together have three children, Ah'Leesya, Ladavid Jr and La'Shee (unborn).
Ladavid was employed at Wal-Mart in the produce department. He would remove the front wheel of his bike and ride to and from work earning him the title of "Wheelie King". He remained at Wal-Mart until he made the decision to further his career with the United States Military. He enlisted into the United States Army January 28, 2014 where his leadership abilities continued to shine as he excelled in his career.
Sgt Ladavid Johnson awards include: Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, Basic, Air Assault Badge, Combat and Specific Skills Badge Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge, Driver and Mechanics Badge. Sgt Johnson left for his second deployment to Africa on August 28th, 2017. It would be here that God opened the windows of heaven and sent forth his angels to call his child home. His charismatic personality will always be remembered.
He left to cherish his life and legacy; wife: Myeshia Johnson; children: Ah'leeysa Jones, Ladavid Johnson Jr., and La'Shee Johnson; parents: Samara Johnson (Preceded him in death), Richard and Cowanda Johnson, Terrence (Teoka) McGriff; grandparents: Barbara Jones, Joann Johnson, Richard Johnson Sr.; Sisters: Torneisha, Angela and Titana Ghent, Quanika, Richshama, Richshawnda and Samara Johnson; Terkema and Terkiya McGriff, brothers: Tajmaus, Christopher, and Richard Johnson, Keon Richardson, Shavarius Brown, Terrence, Terkeil and Teshard McGriff and a host of aunties, uncles, nieces/nephews, cousins, friends and associates.
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A slow, somber salute for this young man. May God wash over his wife and children. I read the story of how he made his last stand and fought until the end. I feel he deserves the Medal of Honor.
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Dear Johnson family. We in the US are right beside you in your time of grief even though you can't always see us. I am exploding with pride knowing your sons brave courage and heroicism under extreme danger. Mark Virginia (white kid)
Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers ([email protected]) is an organization (formed 2009) with groups throughout the country who work to send handmade prayer shawls and/or lap robes to families who have lost a loved one while serving our country. Members of Trindle Spring Lutheran Church of Mechanicsburg, PA would like to extend our sincere sympathy and to honor your loved one's sacrifice and memory by sending our prayers and comfort through a prayer gift. If you are interested, please contact me at [email protected] with the names and addresses of those who would like to receive one and which gift they would like to receive. We will send our gift as soon as possible. Also, if you know of any other families who are grieving the loss of a loved on who died while serving our country, please pass along my e-mail address. May God bless you and comfort you in the days and years ahead. Sincerely, Lynne
WE as AMERICANS are PROUD of this AWESOME SON, HUSBAND, FATHER, and SOLDIER! May he hear those words from our CREATOR of the UNIVERSE -"FAITHFUL SERVANT take your REST, JOB WELL DONE!"
I know how weak and fruitless are words which attempt to lessen the overwhelming grief you and your family has for Sgt. LaDavid Johnson. Although I did not know LaDavid, I can offer you the consolation found in the thanks of the Nation he and his fellow soldiers died to protect.
LaDavid is an hero, He gave his life for our freedom. Family we feel you pain and sorrow, we lost a love on in Iraq (2006). God will take care of you all but just remember Staff Sgt. Johnson is America Hero
To the loving and devoted family I offer this prayer,
Welcome into your arms the victims of violence and terrorism.
Comfort their families and all who grieve for them.
Help us in our fear and uncertainty,
And bless us with the knowledge that we are secure in your love.
Strengthen all those who work for peace,
And may the peace the world cannot give reign in our hearts.
My deepest sympathy to the young wife and children of this brave soldier. And to his entire family, his community and fellow-soldiers and friends. No words can help today. I do hope you get the answers to all your questions and concerns surrounding the loss on foreign soil of this fine, young man. May God Bless You All in the difficult days ahead.
I am so sorry for the loss of your caring, outstanding husband, father, brother, and cousin.
Please know that I, and so many people, are sending all of you love and sympathy at this difficult time. Good people everywhere support you and have your back.
We are so very sorry for your loss. My family hold you in our thoughts, and wish you peace and comfort, and quiet knowledge that you are loved and the sacrifice you and your family have had to make is honored gratefully by all of us whose sons and daughters, husbands and wives who serve. Thank you. The Stubkjaer Family.
My deepest and sincere at condolences to you and your loved ones on your loss. I cannot imagine what you are feeling right now. I hope that you feel the love and support of those around you - even those you have never met. Myeshia, I watched your interview this evening, your strength is astounding and inspiring. Your children are blessed to have two parents with such integrity and grit. Ladavid's sacrifice will never be forgotten. I am thankful for him and thankful to call you a fellow American as you both have shown the true heart and character of this country. God bless you and your family.
RIP SGT. JOHNSON
I will keep your family in my prayers. I am so sorry for the way you have been treated, but know that America stands with you!
Prayers for your family!!! Sending love and healing your way
Thank You for your service, it is the bravery of men such as yourself that keeps our country free.
I am so sorry for your family's loss of this outstanding son, husband and father.
Molly Marin wife of a Nam vet.
Thank you to the family of this outstanding young man who sacrificed everything in the defense of freedom. He looks so much like a dear young man at our church, which makes it feel close to home. Nothing can replace his presence in your lives. I pray that God comforts you all especially his dear parents and wife and children. May God bring you all strength. We are so grateful and sorry as well. Sgt. LaDavid Terrence Johnson died a hero and we are grateful for his service.
To The Family of SGT LaDavid T. Johnson
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free,
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard his call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I've found that peace at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My Life's been full, I savoured much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch,
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.
With All My Love and Sympathy For Your Wife, Children, Father, Brothers, Sisters, Aunts, Uncle, nieces, nephews, and a host Family, Friends and your Fellow Military Family
I wish to express my condolences to Myeshia and your children on the death of your husband, LaDavid. The country has experienced a terrible loss of a glorious human being--but it is dwarfed by the magnitude of your loss. I am so sorry you have had to endure the behavior of a president who should have consoled you and honored your husband's memory. i am honoring him in my heart, and sending you healing prayers.
. Praying for the family. Thanks for your service. You truly are a hero!
We are so very sorry for your loss. Sgt. LaDavid Terrence Johnson is a hero and we honor his memory, thankful for his willingness to defend us all.
I can't express how beautiful an precious your family is and has been. The sudden loss of your love is so heart felt and moving its as though I myself have loss someone dear, What a awesome Man he was to his family ,friends and his country. You all showed so much within your pictures.May my Lord Savior Jesus the Christ Blessed You in Abundance.
May God bless you and your family with all the comfort and love you need during this time.
God bless you and your family in this time of Great lost.
Willie S. Parker
We are very sorrowed at the loss of Sgt LaDavid Terrence Johnson. There are no words that will take away your pain.. and for this I am sorry.
I am sorry for your loss
I am so sorry for your lost,he is a hero.He serve his country very well
Mrs. Johnson - we have never met, but I wanted to offer you and your entire family my deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband. Sgt. LaDavid T. Johnson is a hero for his country and sadly he and his family have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you Sgt. Johnson and family for your service to the USA. You all have my condolences and prayers. May the Lord hold and comfort you all the days of your life. God Bless you all.
Palm Springs, CA
Sorry for your loss. May god be with you. Psalms 23
There is nothing I can say that will
assuage the incomprehensible loss you have suffered. But know this, LaDavid made the ultimate sacrifice for his nation and did parting from his family; including one that he will never meet on earth but will watch from above. He will be with you. This is will not true away your pain - nothing can, only Almighty God can do that. My heart breaks for this irretrievable loss. May God be witj you all. And may your dear children always have the example of love honor and decency tonlook up to. With deepest sympathy and prayers
LaDavid is a hero. He made the ultimate sacrifice. I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolence. He was the definition of a true gentleman.
My Deepest Sympathy to you and your family. My heart feels pain for your loss. My prayers will continue, and speak to Him who sit above all things of this earth. I learned of your loss by watching one of yhe local news channels. Blessings and Love,
Marylin Richardson-pryor, Ed. D.
So sorry for your loss. May God continue to comfort you and your family during your time of bereavement. SGT Johnson, you are truly my Hero. I will continue to pray for your family
Your LaDavid saw the world in his service to country. As an American in Australia, I want to say thank you for the greatest sacrifice and wish your family healing in this time of grief. The name of Sgt. LaDavid T. Johnson and the beauty of his inner light, and courage of family, is now known everywhere. In shared sorrow, peace and prayer.
My condolences goes out to the family from mine. Thank you for your service. RIH. SFC [email protected] BAILEY. Fort Hood Tx.
We are so sorry for your loss. May LaDavid rest in peace the arms of his lord.
Sunset to soon. Thank you for your service.
Sgt LaDavid Johnson,thank you for your service Young Man you are a true hero,God Bless you ,And we all Pray that God and the world look after your very young and Beautiful family
Sgt. Johnson was selfless. He stood strong, he stood ready to face the opposition to defend his country, even in light of fellow Americans who treat him as opposition because of his heritage.
He gets my respect and his family gets my sincere condolences. There are some of us that may kneel regarding our continued treatment in this nation, but there are some of us that also kneel for those like Sgt. LaDavid Terrence Johnson who deserves a soldier's farewell and a brothers memory.
He could've done anything else, but he chose to serve and protect the United State of America and those of us who call it home.
Rest in Peace Brother LaDavid,
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You don't know me but I send my deepest sympathy and best wishes for peace and comfort in your grief.
May God continue to watch over you and your family. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.
My GOD come to you and your family life at time of pain.
Sgt. Johnson: You gave your body, your soul and your mind - your entire humanity, for each of us individually. We all took and really didn't know the sacrifice. I am humbled, and very grateful to you Sir. Your loving family: Your beautiful wife, your small daughter and son, your unborn child and your extended family are walking with you and we are walking with them into a better future because of you Sgt. Johnson. May your brave soul rest in delightful slumber with Jesus..
I met David when I worked with him and his Aunt at the Miami Gardens WalMart. He was a remarkable, intelligent and humble young man. He made a difference with his life for him and his family. I am proud at want he became will and determination. He will forever be a stellar example of what the 500 Roles Models stand for. My condolences and sincerest sympathies to his family, especially his wife and Kids. May God bless them. Tyra & Patrick Harris and Family.
May god bless you all at this time. May god bless LaDavid and hold him close. We also thank him for his sacrifice for all of us. God bless his soul and may god bless all of you.
Thank you for your bravery and service to our country.
Your children will grow up knowing what a strong, proud American you were.
Thank you to your beloved husband for his service to our country.May he rest in peace
I thank Sgt. La David Johnson for his service. My condolences and prayers go out to his family.
Thank you for your sacrifice LaDavid Johnson may GOD wrap his loving arm around you, To the family of Mr Johnson that you for your sacrifice I will keep you in my prayers and will never ever forget your loved one.
I pray for you and your family. May God hold you close during this great and tragic loss. God is near.
May God be with you and your family during this most difficult time. May Sgt LaDavid Johnson always be remembered and I pray he rest in peace. Sincerely, Sandra Rubio
Dear Mrs. Johnson . I cannot adequately express my sorrow for you and your beautiful family in words .It is immense . LaDavid was a very spectacular person from everything I've learned about him , one that we need more of in this world . Please know he will be missed by many some who never got the privilege of knowing him and never forgotten. Please accept our family's love and the brightest of light to yours , now and in the days to come . Much love, Leea, Fred and Jillian deRuijsscher
Dear Mrs. Johnson: I'm rarely at a loss for words. This is one of those times. I am just so incredibly sorry for your loss. LaDavid was clearly an extraordinary man & extraordinary men partner with extraordinary and Strong women. Your grace throughout has been awe inspiring.
Your beautiful children will forever be a reminder of the love you & Ladavid shared. May their bright smiles & dancing eyes remind you of him always.
I'm just so sorry, my love. You don't know me but I wish I could wrap you up in hugs & take the pain away. Sending love & light from CA. xo Lulu
Dear Mrs. Johnson , I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband. I can't imagine the pain you and your children must be feeling. I have been hearing on television about some of the many wonderful things he has done. Wow, he was truly a great man. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless you and your family. Sincerely, Linda Burns
I am so very sorry for your loss. May God's love help you through this storm and God's arms welcome Sgt. Johnson.
~ There is grand beauty only growing in La David's dear memory, and it glows so very brightly sweeping over this beautiful Life, in the Hope of us all moving forward by his Loving sacrifice. Thank you for your son, your husband, your dad. A Man for the ages, Your name nearest his heart.
I understand there is nothing I can say to comfort you at this time but I do want you to know that my heart is heavy for you as a family and I pray for you and will continue to pray for you. Thanks to Sgt. Johnson for his service to this country. God is with you and will strengthen you daily.
May God continue to bless you and your family. Thanks Sgt Johnson for your service!!!
My deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Sgt. Johnson. We appreciate his service and sacrifice. May God continue to bless you all and keep you in His care.
Prayers and continued prayers for your family at this difficult time. I did not know your loved on LaDavid Johnson but, he is an American hero that will live on in all our hearts and minds. Be strong, continued to to lean on your faith and know that God is with all of you.
I extended my prayers to Sergeant Johnson for serving our country. May God's angels comfort, and protect your family. Quarn
Sergeant Johnson made the ultimate sacrifice through his service to his country. As Americans we are all indebted to him. My deepest sympathy to all of his loved ones at this sad time. My prayers are with your family.
My family and I share in your sorrow. Although we don't know you personally, we appreciate the supreme sacrifice your husband paid in service to our country. May you and your children be comforted as you go through these difficult days. Our prayers are with you.
Adrienne Sneed Byers
Thank you Sergeant Johnson for all you did and accomplish. From a fellow soldier my heart is heavy my you RIP. May God bless your family and protect them.
I respectfully thank your brave son for his service. In your sadness, please know that you are not alone. Time helps.
So sorry for your loss, my prayers are with your family.
I extend my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Sgt. Johnson. I thank God for heroes like Sgt. Johnson who give their lives to protect us from harm. Peace and blessings to you and know that God will take care of you.
To the family of Sgt. LaDavid Johnson, we express our sincere sympathy. Sgt.Johnson was a hero.May God wrap his arms around the families and comfort them today and forever. Love you all the Miller family from Spartanburg, Southcarolina.
Thank you Sgt. Johnson for being just like the song says Americas best, you are from my hometown and we have some things in common, duty honor country, we love you, may your Airborne family and family in Florida find comfort in the days ahead knowing that you were out there on the cutting edge being a great American soldier making us all proud and indeed being Americas best, long live the 3rd special forces group of our united states army.
I am so sorry for your loss. May happy memories soon ease the pain.
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." Matthew 5:4.
Sending our prayers and heartfelt condolences to the Johnson family. May God's love comfort and strengthen you during this difficult time and throughout.
Sergeant LaDavid Johnson, thank you for bravery, service, and sacrifice for us all. You are Our Hero and a Mighty Man of Valor. Rest Peacefully.
Smith Family, Vachérie, Louisiana
I did not know Sgt Johnson but I respect his service with any Special Forces Group or Special Operator Unit. We all have the same bond as elite brothers, he gave his life doing what he knew was right for the oppressed in other countries. As you know, special forces always works to assist others with few to help and train many. That is the unique difference in special forces missions and other units .I can see he worn the beret proudly and with honor.
"De Oppresso Libre" Maj James Edenfield (Ret)
20th Speical Forces Group
My prayers are with your family. I pray that you feel the love of our heavenly Father and the comfort of the Holy Spirit now and forever.
Johnson Family and Friends, You are in my thoughts and prayers. MDW
My prayers are with you during your time of bereavement. I thank you family for sharing LaDavid with his American family. I thank him for the ultimate price that he has paid to keep America safe. God be with you and grant you comfort and peace is my prayer.
May cherished memories of your husband, son, father, uncle and nephew bring comfort and strength to your broken hearts.
Sorry for the loss of your husband who was a father, son, uncle and nephew. Remember the wonderfuf smile, good times, and sweet memories.
Dear Johnson Family, Do not stand at his grave and cry, he is not there, he did not die!
He is alive in the hearts of every veteran that served. LaDavid is a true American hero.
God will . What ever it is. God will .
Rest in Peace Sgt. your service to our nation will never go forgotten
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