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Fort Carson soldier dies on first wedding anniversary

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Fort Carson soldier dies on first wedding anniversary

A Fort Carson soldier from Los Angeles was killed by a roadside bomb Thursday, on the first anniversary of his wedding day.

Spc. Timothy L. Johnson, 24, was pronounced dead at a hospital in Kandahar only hours after the attack.

"He deployed on my birthday and died on our anniversary," said Brittany Johnson of Colorado Springs.

The attack happened in the Arghandab River Valley in southern Afghanistan, the site of an Aug. 30 roadside bombing that claimed the lives of five of Johnson's comrades in the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

He joined the Army in November 2007. The Defense Department listed his hometown as Randolph, N.Y., but his wife said Johnson grew up in Los Angeles.

Johnson served an earlier deployment in Iraq that ended in March 2009. His decorations included the Army Commendation Medal.

Johnson and his wife, both creative writers, met through a blogging website. Their story began with mutal admiration, with each commenting on the other's thoughts and poems, then blossomed into what Brittany Johnson called "a true love story."

Brittany Johnson said she was struck by how Johnson's writing explored weighty topics - the nature of love, the meaning of death - yet in person he was joyful and laid back.

"When I think of him, all I can think of is how happy he was, and how happy he made others around him," she said. "I was in heaven with him. I still am. Even though he's gone, he's still with me. That will never go away."

Johnson is also survived by his mother, Cheryl Johnson of Los Angeles, and two older siblings, Tanisha and Thomas.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Johnson is the ninth soldier from the 1st Brigade to die in the line of duty since the unit left for Afghanistan beginning in late July. He is the 59th soldier from post to die in Afghanistan. An additional 257 have died in Iraq.

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