Carnivore: A Memoir of a Cavalry Scout at War

Carnivore: A Memoir of a Cavalry Scout at War

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by Dillard Johnson, James Tarr
     
 

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Amid ferocious fighting that many times nearly took his life, Sergeant Dillard "C. J." Johnson and his crew are recognized by Pentagon reports to have accounted for astonishing enemy KIA totals while battling inside and out of the "Carnivore," the Bradley Fighting Vehicle Johnson commanded during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After miraculously beating

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Amid ferocious fighting that many times nearly took his life, Sergeant Dillard "C. J." Johnson and his crew are recognized by Pentagon reports to have accounted for astonishing enemy KIA totals while battling inside and out of the "Carnivore," the Bradley Fighting Vehicle Johnson commanded during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After miraculously beating stage-three cancer (caused by radiation exposure from firing armor-piercing depleted-uranium rounds during combat), he returned to his platoon in Baghdad for a second tour, often serving as a sniper protecting his fellow troops. Today, Johnson and his men's story is the stuff of legend—earning them a cover story in Soldier of Fortune and a display in the Fort Stewart Museum. But only now is Johnson telling his full story: reviewed and approved for publication by the Department of Defense, Carnivore is the gripping and unflinchingly honest autobiography of a remarkable American warrior.

"The estimated enemy KIAs for Staff Sergeant Johnson’s BIFV [Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle] during this fight [22 March, 2003] was 488. The informal estimate from the troop was that Johnson and his crew killed at least 1,000 Iraqis on 23 March. Later in the move north, Johnson engaged and destroyed 20 trucks and tallied 314 KIAs in the vicinity of An Najaf. At Objective FLOYD, Johnson’s platoon fought yet another bitter fight against what they claim was a thousand paramilitary troops. … Events were corroborated by separate interviews with the remainder of C/3-7 CAV, to include the troop commander." —On Point: The United States Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the official study of the 2003 invasion commissioned by the U.S. Army Chief of Staff

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Combat tales from a tank commander–turned-sniper during the Iraq War. During Sgt. 1st Class Dillard "Crazy Jay" Johnson's distinguished, 21-year Army career--four Purple Hearts and numerous medals for valor, including the Silver Star--he did a tour in Bosnia and Iraq, where he saw only a bit of action in Desert Storm. Despite having a child at home afflicted with cerebral palsy, he volunteered to return to Iraq in 2003. Commanding a Bradley Fighting Vehicle christened "Carnivore," Johnson led the invasion, taking part in the war's first engagement, cutting a large and bloody swath through the country. After contracting radiation cancer from the depleted uranium rounds fired by his tank and after treatment at Walter Reed (where he was given a 1 in 4 chance to live), he returned to Iraq yet again. This time, with the ground war over, Johnson's mission focused on the insurgency and killing the guerrillas placing the deadly IEDs. He was credited with 121 confirmed kills with his sniper rifle. With the aid of Tarr, Johnson fills in a complete picture of combat: the sleeplessness, the sandstorms, the constant fear of attack; the chaos that leads to killing cows and sheep accidentally and the absurd necessity of killing a lion on purpose; the difficulty of extracting a hunting knife from the ribs of a stabbed insurgent; the mundane lesson learned from packing soap too close to the coffee; the delicate protocol between a sniper and his spotter; the heartbreak at a fellow soldier's death; the terror induced by incoming fire and the destruction inflicted by outgoing. Military buffs will appreciate the author's frequent appraisals and comparisons of various tanks, rifles, knives and other accouterments of battle. Most readers will be impressed with Johnson's undoubted courage and sacrifice, even as they are put off by his memoir's tone, which too often uncomfortably erases the line between bluffness and boorishness, pride and braggadocio. An aggressive, unapologetic account of one man's brutal war.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062288400
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/25/2013
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
434,028
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

Dillard "C. J." Johnson, U.S. Army (Ret.), earned a Silver Star, a Bronze Star, four Purple Hearts, a Presidential Unit Citation, a Meritorious Service Medal, a Joint Service Commendation Medal, six Army Commendation Medals, seven Army Achievement Medals, and numerous other awards during his twenty years of service. He has appeared on Fox News, Good Morning America, and the cover of Soldier of Fortune magazine. Born and raised in rural Kentucky, he lives in Florida with his wife and family.


James Tarr is a contributing editor for both Handguns and Rifle Shooter magazines. A former police officer and nationally ranked competitive shooter, Tarr worked as a private investigator for seventeen years.

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Carnivore: A Memoir by One of the Deadliest American Soldiers of All Time 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took me 4 days to find the book everywhere I went it was sold out. When I finally found It only took me a few days  to read it start to finish. The book Carnivore is well written and paints a graphic picture of events that took place during wartime. There are some that may not agree with what it contains. I did not choose this book because of medal or kill counts rather I wanted to read what the author had to write. I was intrigued by the raw emotions that were carried from one chapter to the next. Better understanding the pressures and emotions that our troops face during their time overseas.   Thank You Dillard "C.J." Johnson for telling us your story. To all the men and women that have served or are currently serving "Thank You" for making the ultimate sacrifices to protect and ensure our future. God Bless America and all of the men and women that serve.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought 2 copies in Daytona.This is a good book and well written. It was nice to read about a soldier and his unit in combat who didn't spend the whole book telling you how cool they are yet saying they weren't supposed to say that! It was a fun read that was hard to put down. There is however foul language, but would recommend to any adult. God bless our soldiers that put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms. ~ KM
NickyCaffey More than 1 year ago
This is a remarkable book. It is well written and reads quickly. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book very memory jarring. a lot of the events I remember from the invasion, were dead on. I was not in His crew but went on multiple missions with that platoon. this book is an excellent read. you won't be able to put it down. A lot of the negative comments you see are coming from guys, who served in a different troop, who seem to have an axe to grind. But if you like a good read on the invasion get it. I was a USAF Air support Liaison
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's an easy read; a book you will not want to lay down. A real sense of patriotism with added humor. Thank you SFC Johnson for your service and allowing us a glimpse of what you experienced. I'ld like to see a moive out of this. God Bless those that serve this great country.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a remarkably good and easy to read. Very interesting with quite a bit of added humor. As for the few people that have given this book 1 star, to be simply trashing w.out having read it...have some respect. I'd say laying down one's life to protect our country is something. Not once in the book does SFC Johnson take credit for thousands of kills. The book is about his experiences with his unit fighting in Iraq. I have and would recommend this book. God Bless our soldiers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
highly recommend this book about a soldier's own story. Terrific story and wrote very well. You feel like you are right there with them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great read book with some humor with combat experiences and a well written easy read. Makes you truly appreciate what the men & women in our armed forces do every day to defend our right to read what we want. Thanks for your dedicated service and sacrifices.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, great story! Enjoyed the book. Read it in 2-3 days, couldn't put it down. Thanks for sharing your personal story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished. Great book. great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this memoir and found it to be a good read. Entertaining and even has added humor. I have recommended this book to everyone I know and will continue to do so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seems all of these reviews are from the same person. Extremely negative reviews have ZERO credibility when posted ANONYMOUSLY..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SFC Johnson was my NCO before he became Crazy J. He took care of me and the rest of the section. Even got us single soldiers Christmas gifts. He was a great leader and friend. I loved the book I still remember the day he blew his hand up we all though he meant to do that. SFC Stan Long
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. Could not put it down. Would recommend. God Bless you SFC Johnson and to all those that serve.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, puts you in the drivers seat of a fast moving funny book about the life of a America Hero. Jim Wilson Providence RI
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dillard Johnson is a fraud. He is well known throughout the military world as a guy who fakes stories, steals other vets stories and uses it as his own, and comes out with new stories that are reminiscent of movies that recently come out. It has been proven time and time again that this guy is a fraud and yet the civilian population seems to eat up his stories as fact. Do not give this guy a single dime of your hard earned money. He is a disgrace to the rest of us that wear a uniform. I call on Barnes and Noble to cease selling this book.
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I should have Googled this book before I bought it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll make this short--Dillard Johnson is fabricating heroics. Don't take my word for it, look at all the other comments from the men and women who have served and worked with him. They are riddled across the internet, consistently illuminating an unfortunate truth. This book is fiction.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like fiction than this is the book for you. This man has dishonored himself and the 3rd Squadron 7th US Cavalry with his lies. He is a narcissistic pathological liar. If you dont belive me, go to the 3rd Squadron 7th US Cavalry Facebook group page. I was in 3-7 for both combat deployments. See what the Soldiers who served with Dillard Johnson think of CRAZY J
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This man is a liar. I was in 3-7 Cav during the invasion and in his platoon during his second tour. You can't believe anything he says. SFC David Liebsch
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a Crazyhorse Trooper that served with this fraud during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, I can tell you that this is all false. I was there. I filled my canteen from the same water buffalo. Drew my ammo from the same ammo truck. Filled my vehicle from the same fuel truck. These stories started there as a joke. We took it all with a grain of salt. We were all so tired and hungry and worn out that we all just laughed and shook our heads and brushed it off and left it at that. To see that this has been made into a book that people are lead to believe as fact is sickening. Please do not support these lies and disrespect to the Cavalryman who know the truth.