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Army Spc. Katrina L. Bell-Johnson

Died February 16, 2005 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

32, of Orangeburg, S.C.; assigned to the 418th Transportation Company, 180th Transportation Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas; killed Feb. 16 in a vehicle accident in Baqubah, Iraq.

Orangeburg native dies in Iraq

Associated Press

ORANGEBURG, S.C. — An Orangeburg woman serving in Iraq has died after the truck she was riding in overturned, family members said.

Katrina Johnson, 32, died Wednesday in Baghdad while riding in a convoy delivering supplies, her sister Nicole Johnson said.

“We’re not sure if there was a mine or what,” Nicole Johnson said. “We’re going to try to find out the circumstances.”

Katrina Johnson was assigned to H Platoon, 418th Transportation, based out of Killeen, Texas. She was an expert markswoman and was seeking promotion to sergeant, her sister said.

Johnson married in Texas and had given birth to a baby girl, Gabrielle Dana Bell, about a year ago, her sister said.

Two months after giving birth, she was sent to Iraq. Johnson came back to the U.S. for six months before returning to Iraq late last year, her sister said.

Nicole Johnson said her sister “had a good spirit about herself. She was very giving and loyal, generous and kind and caring.”

Johnson grew up in Columbia and attended Airport High School and Midlands Tech.

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