Mourners wore red to honor Sgt. La David Johnson, 25, at Friday night’s viewing, but donned white attire for his funeral Saturday morning. There was no sign of controversy inside Christ the Rock church and the family refused to let reporters inside the sanctuary.
The hour-and-a-half long service spoke only of the Soldier himself and his commitment to his wife, his children, and his country. There was reference to his neighborhood moniker of “Wheelie King” from his days of riding his trick-bicycle on the streets before he joined the Army in 2014. There was no mention of the days-long news coverage regarding the condolence call from President Trump to Myeshia Johnson, La David’s young widow.
A media dust-up started after Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson called news outlets to say that President Trump had “disrespected” Sgt. Johnson during the condolence call to his widow. Wilson stated that Mr. Trump said “he knew what he was getting into” when he signed on to be a Soldier. The cowboy-hat-wearing representative said she overheard the conversation. Rumor has it that Wilson nearly busted a high-heel in her haste to call the press.
Sgt. Johnson, a member of the Army’s elite Green Berets based out of Fort Bragg, was killed by Islamic militants in Niger along with is comrades Staff Sgt. Bryan Black of Puyallup, Washington, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson of Springsboro, Ohio, and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright of Lyons, Georgia. All four Special Forces operators died Oct. 4, 2017. The details of the attack are under investigation by the Pentagon as well as the FBI.
Sgt. La David Johnson leaves behind his wife Myeshia, who is carrying their third child, and two daughters ages 6 and 2.
The Soldiers’ deaths in Niger have brought to light the role of American advisers and troops in Africa who are under the command of AFRICOM, one of nine “unified combatant commands” of the Unites States Armed Forces. Marine Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser is the commander of AFRICOM which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. Currently, the U.S. military is operating in some 20 African countries fighting Islamic extremism.
Although the American public is demanding answers into what went wrong on Oct. 4, the thorough investigation will take even longer with both the military and the FBI involved. Those answers will not come anytime soon.