Based: Vicenza, Italy
1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team
Supporting: Operation Enduring Freedom
Died: July 23, 2007
Sarobi district, Afghanistan
Married, 2 children
High School: Ontario High (Ontario)
Burial: Forest Lawn Memorial-Park, Hollywood Hills
Michael Shotlow was the proud and protective stepfather who raised Johnson as his own from the age of 5. "A gentle giant" is how he described his stepson, who was about 6 feet 4.Read about Army Sergeant Travon T. Johnson in the LA Times here, and find pictures of Sergeant Travon T. Johnson here.
"He was a cheerful kid, honest and trustworthy. A kid who never gave us any trouble," Michael Shotlow said. "He would help people."
Teachers at Ontario High School, where Johnson was a student until 1996, have similar memories. "He was not a bully," said Laurie Zappia, head of the school's special education department. "He was a sweet young man who had the best interest of everybody at heart."
Army Sergeant Travon T. Johnson, Army Sergeant previously remembered at Boom3 on Friday, July 23, 2010.