Carnivore: A Memoir by One of the Deadliest American Soldiers of All Time

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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 ...

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Carnivore: A Memoir of a Cavalry Scout at War

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062288417
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 491,371
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.06 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    Dillard Johnson is a fraud. He is well known throughout the mili

    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.

    11 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    Just finished. Great book. great read.

    Just finished. Great book. great read.

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    This is a great read book with some humor with combat experience

    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.

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Bought 2 copies in Daytona.This is a good book and well written.

    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

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    If you like fiction than this is the book for you. This man has

    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

    8 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    It took me 4 days to find the book everywhere I went it was sold

    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.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    I found this book very memory jarring. a lot of the events I re

    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

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    It's an easy read; a book you will not want to lay down. A real

    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.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    This was a remarkably good and easy to read. Very interesting w

    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.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    I just finished this memoir and found it to be a good read. Ent

    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.


    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Great book. great read.

    Great book. great read.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    This man is a liar. I was in 3-7 Cav during the invasion and in

    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

    6 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    As a Crazyhorse Trooper that served with this fraud during the i

    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.

    6 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    Civilians are too enamored with finding heroes today. As in ever

    Civilians are too enamored with finding heroes today. As in everything else, "If its too good to be true, it probably is." Johnson should have kept his tales for the bar and not published them. Now instead of raking in a good sum of cash, he will be brought down by the very Soldiers he is betraying with his lies.

    6 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Great read, great story! Enjoyed the book. Read it in 2-3 days,

    Great read, great story! Enjoyed the book. Read it in 2-3 days, couldn't put it down. Thanks for sharing your personal story!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    Who it the mental deficient who writes "Kirkus Reviews"

    Who it the mental deficient who writes "Kirkus Reviews"?

    The guy's a phony, a "one-upper", and a fraud. Jeeze- it is sad. The guy is a genuine hero fr the things he DID do. It is too bad that we'll never know which ones of his incredible exploits are REAL, now.

    Despite not hiving to embellish to receive hero's accolades, this guy is instead that middle school kid that claimed that he was running his own skydiving school, or who said that he had two supermodel girlfriends, one in Oklahoma, and one in Montreal, Canada. If you believe any of this guy's stories, you have failed a common sense test, and have been found a strong, "positive," on a stupidity test. Enjoy.

    5 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    Wish I could give it one star! This book is lies. There is no wa

    Wish I could give it one star! This book is lies. There is no way one man killed 2,746 people It was chaos during the invasion and no one had time to count bullets OR bodies. This man is a fraud and he's only trying to make a buck. I served with this PS from 2003-2006. He is a liar and everyone that served with him knows it too. He was also kicked out of the Advanced Non-commissioned Officer Course and returned to home station for wearing medals he did not earn. Don't put a dime in this guy's pocket!

    5 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    I'm sure this guy had his fair share of kills, but 2000+? Did he

    I'm sure this guy had his fair share of kills, but 2000+? Did he appoint a private to keep track for him during the war? Put another 12 pencil marks down Jimmy I got'em with one shot.lol

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    Dillard Johnson has just published the new field manual on telli

    Dillard Johnson has just published the new field manual on telling BS war stories and lies. I served with this goofball. He is one of those people that will tell a completely made up story and just because no one says hey we all know you are lying through your teeth he feels everyone accepts the story as truth. In 2003 when we returned home from the invasion he fooled Soldier of Fortune and sold them other peoples stories and added body counts and then just made up lies. Buying this book is equal to slapping the rest of the 3/7 Cavalry in the face. Please do not waste your time on this alternative history and take everything this guy says with a grain of salt. Look at how many people he has served with that are offended by this piece of trash. The entire unit is credited with 2,200 kills during the invasion. Do you really think he fought this war on his own. You make your decision.

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    I served with SFC Johnson (r) on all deployments discussed in th

    I served with SFC Johnson (r) on all deployments discussed in this book. It is full of lies and exaggerations. He clearly made a buck off the reputation of the unit and Soldiers, both living and dead. I am ashamed of this exploitation of myself and fellow Soldiers who were proud of our accomplishments.

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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