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In Memory of Sgt. James Johnston

Updated: Jul 3, 2019

WOW! We live in an amazing community! Today, we sold 100 Hawaiian Sundaes in honor of Sgt James Johnston (thanks Sammy Dean for getting us from 99 to 100!) which brings us to a $500 total donation from Trimmers! In addition to that donations from our jar added up to $915! Thank you to everyone who came out and contributed!


More About Sergeant James Gregory Johnston


On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, James Gregory Johnston (24) of Trumansburg, New York was killed in action during a firefight against the Taliban in Uruzgan Province of Afghanistan. Johnston was a sergeant of the United States Army, and was assigned to the 79th Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) part of the 71st Ordnance Group at Fort Hood, Texas (ever since July 2013 when he enlisted into the US Army as active-duty). Johnston was deployed to Afghanistan in March of 2019 in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.


Johnston has always wanted to be a soldier since birth according to his mother Meghan Billiot. Johnston earned awards and decorations throughout his years of service as active-duty in the United States Armed Forces. Johnston’s awards and decorations include a Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge, Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge and Explosive Ordnance Badge.


Johnston was the son of Meghan Billiot and Richard Johnston. Also married to Krista Johnston, before he got deployed this past March, Krista and James found out that Krista was pregnant with a girl. Krista is honored to carry on James’ legacy with their soon-to-be daughter Jamie Avery-Grace Johnston. The death of Sergeant James Gregory Johnston is still under investigation. Funds across the nation (mainly in Trumansburg) are being set up in memory of Sgt. Johnston, in order to help out Krista and the family.

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