Yakima, Wash. - The family of a fallen Army Reservist said their loved one was willing to give up retirement if it meant continuing to serve his country.
The parents of Alan Johnson, a Major in the Army killed in combat while serving in Iraq, are planning a trip to Arlington National Cemetery to watch as their son is laid to rest.
Johnson was a native of North Dakota but lived in Yakima. He spent his entire career in the military before a roadside bomb killed him on Friday. His parents said he followed in a long line of military men, including a grandfather, a stepbrother in the guard, and his older brother in the army. That brother, and the brother's son, will accompany the body to Arlington.
"I talked to him on his birthday. They had asked him to sign on for another six months. They were going to put him in command. He was looking forward to that," said the fallen major's father Sonny Johnson.
The major will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on February 14th. Johnson was also a Yakima County Corrections Sergeant. He leaves behind a wife and step daughter.