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Family, Friends Remember Fallen Guardsman

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FORT MITCHELL, ALA (WTVM) - Specialist Isaac Johnson lost his life fighting for the country he so loved.

Today, during a special ceremony honoring his life, we found out just how much serving in the armed forces meant to him and his family.

Johnson, better known as 'Chip' by friends and family, was laid to rest Friday, 11 days after being killed in Afghanistan.

Thomas Williams, cousin to Johnson, couldn't believe the news.

"For me, when I first heard it, I denied it. My first thought was...it just can't be," Williams said.

The outpouring of emotion from family and friends was as clearly defined as the humid summer air and the gun shots that rang out...honoring him.

Even those who had never met him, paved the way for this soldier's trip home.

Johnson knew of the dangers and rose to the challenge of protecting freedom.

His father and uncle both served.

Two of his cousins, Staff Sergeant Charles Johnson and Staff Sergeant Jeremy Jackson, are currently in the armed forces.

"You know, he's going to be sorely missed. We loved him to death. He'd give the shirt off his back to anybody. He was a great person to have, a great leader," Johnson said.

"You don't want to believe it, till you see it. Then it hits...and it hits hard," Jackson said.

Johnson came home on Thursday, his casket covered in the flag of the country he so valiantly served.

After fighting and giving his life, on Friday, may Chip finally rest in peace.

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