Carnivore: A Memoir by One of the Deadliest American by Dillard Johnson, James Tarr

By Dillard Johnson, James Tarr

Amid ferocious combating that repeatedly approximately took his existence, Sergeant Dillard "C. J." Johnson and his staff are famous via Pentagon reviews to have accounted for startling enemy KIA totals whereas fighting in and out of the "Carnivore," the Bradley scuffling with car Johnson commanded in the course of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After miraculously beating stage-three melanoma (caused via radiation publicity from firing armor-piercing depleted-uranium rounds in the course of combat), he again to his platoon in Baghdad for a moment travel, frequently serving as a sniper preserving his fellow troops. this day, Johnson and his men's tale is the stuff of legend—earning them a canopy tale in Soldier of Fortune and a exhibit within the fortress Stewart Museum. yet in simple terms now's Johnson telling his complete tale: reviewed and authorized for e-book by way of the dept of Defense, Carnivore is the gripping and unflinchingly sincere autobiography of a striking American warrior.

"The expected enemy KIAs for workers Sergeant Johnson’s BIFV [Bradley Infantry struggling with motor vehicle] in this struggle [22 March, 2003] used to be 488. The casual estimate from the troop used to be that Johnson and his workforce killed not less than 1,000 Iraqis on 23 March. Later within the circulation north, Johnson engaged and destroyed 20 vehicles and tallied 314 KIAs within the neighborhood of An Najaf. At target FLOYD, Johnson’s platoon fought yet one more sour struggle opposed to what they declare used to be one thousand paramilitary troops. … occasions have been corroborated by way of separate interviews with the rest of C/3-7 CAV, to incorporate the troop commander." —On element: the USA military in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the legitimate examine of the 2003 invasion commissioned via the U.S. military leader of Staff

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Captain Nicholas Balaskas faced me across a desk in a forbidding office on Lekkas Street which displayed the blazing phoenix: the compulsory logo and insignia of the dictatorship. At the British embassy, which was then run by a genial old diplomat whose son had been with me at Balliol, I had to sit 26 through a lunch where a reactionary creep of a Labour MP named Francis Noel-Baker gave a lecture about the virtues of the junta and (the first but not the last time I was ever to hear these two arguments in combination) both denied that it tortured its prisoners while asserting that it would be quite justified if it did do so!

I proposed stepping into the Queen’s Lane coffee house. I don’t remember how it went: I was in Oxford to keep some pressing political and sexual engagements that seemed important at the time. The man seemed nice enough, if a bit wispy, and had an engaging grin. He was called Timothy Bryan, which I also remember thinking was a wispy name. I felt no premonition. But next time I saw her, my mother was very anxious to know what I thought of him. I said, becoming dimly but eventually alert, that he seemed fine.

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