On October 7, the Pentagon identified U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson of Miami Gardens as one of four soldiers killed in an ambush in Niger on October 4.
The 25-year-old was working with an elite US Army Special Forces unit of twelve members when he was ambushed by Islamic militants. Johnson’s body returned to his home of Florida on Tuesday, where it was greeted by his heartbroken wife, Myeshia Johnson, and other family members.
Here’s everything you need to know about Myeshia Johnson, Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow.
1. President Trump Told Myeshia That Her Husband ‘Knew What He Signed up For’
President Trump called Myeshia at about 4:45pm on Tuesday afternoon. The approximately five minute call took place just before her husband’s remains arrived in a commercial Delta Airlines flight at Miami International Airport.
Myeshia claims that during the phone call, President Trump told her, “[La David] knew what he signed up for …but when it happens it hurts anyway.”
Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami Gardens confirmed the statement to Local 10 News. “Yes, he said it,” Wilson said. “It’s so insensitive. He should have not have said that. He shouldn’t have said it.”
2. Her Most Recent Facebook Post Urges Friends and Family to Refrain from Posting Her Husband’s Face on R.I.P. Shirts
Myeshia has received an outpouring of love from friends, family, and strangers on social media.
Most recently, she wrote a Facebook post that reads, “Months before my husband passed away, one of his wishes were to NEVER put his face on a R.IP. Shirt. If you are dear true friends and family of my husband you will respect his wish and refrain from coming to his viewing or funeral with his face on a shirt. #share.”
In response to the post, one person wrote, “Dear Lady, my heart breaks for you and what you have been through. Thank you for loving your dear soldier husband as you did. May God Bless you as you continue on as the Mother of these precious children of his.” Another commented, “You and your family have our deepest condolences. Your husband will not be forgotten and we are all deeply indebted to him and you as well. Rest in Peace, La David.”
A number of Myeshia’s Facebook photos feature her husband.
3. She and Johnson Met When They Were 6-Years-Old
According to CBS Local Miami, Myeshia and La David met in Miami when they were just six-years-old.
Myeshia’s Facebook page states that she works as a cashier at Walmart. The outlet also reports that Myeshia was supportive of her husband’s dreams to join the military. Speaking to CBS, she says:
I told him before he leave that I love him and ‘make sure you come back to me’, and he told me he would. And for them to knock on my door is just– my whole life just changed in an instant because my husband was my soulmate.Download Video Links
Myeshia later adds on, “For him not to be with us anymore is just heartbreaking and devastating because I don’t, you know, I don’t know what I’m gonna do without him. He was just everything to us.”
4. She Is Expecting Her Third Child in January
Myeshia is a mother to two children with Johnson: a 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter. She is expecting her third child in January.
Myeshia tells CBS that her goal is to keep her husband’s memory alive for her son and daughter, along with her unborn daughter. “We have a lot of memories and videos and pictures and great times with him that we will cherish forever,” she tells the outlet.
5. A Scholarship Fund Has Been Established for Their Children
Johnson was a member of the ‘5000 Role Models of Excellence Project‘, which was founded in 1993 by Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson. The project’s mission to “is to intervene in the lives of at-risk boys, in order to provide them with alternatives that will lead them away from a life of crime and violence.”
According to the Miami Herald, Congresswoman Wilson knew Johnson and his family, and tells the Miami Herald, “He was a true role model.”
The ‘5,000 Role Models of Excellence’ program has therefore decided to establish a scholarship fund to ensure Johnson’s three children will have enough money for a college education. As of Tuesday evening, $23,000 had been raised.
To visit the GoFundMe page and donate, click here.