Warfighter is the story of Colonel Jesse L. Johnson, US Army (Ret.), one of the most decorated living Americans. His 40-year Army career spans the intense years of Vietnam, the 1980 Delta Force Eagle Claw mission in the Iranian desert, Operation Desert Storm in 1991, and beyond. During the Gulf War, Colonel Johnson commanded all special operations, reporting directly to General Schwarzkopf. Johnson is a true American hero, and very popular among service members.
Warfighter: The Story of an American Fighting Man is for those readers who bought and enjoyed titles such as We Were Soldiers Once. . .and Young, Band of Brothers, Hunting the Jackal, Jarhead, and other successful books on military figures past and present.
Colonel Jesse L. Johnson is one of the most highly decorated combat veterans living today—the man General H. Norman Schwarzkopf called “the unsung hero of the Gulf War.” Colonel Jesse L. Johnson served a distinguished military career spanning thirty-four years on active duty. He spent the majority of that time in Special Forces, Delta Force, and the most legendary units of both the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions.
Colonel Johnson holds more awards for valor than any other special operator or covert commander in the United States Armed Forces, with the exception of the few that hold the Medal of Honor. His military decorations include the Distinguished Service Cross; the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (normally reserved for three- and four-star generals); three Silver Stars; four Bronze Stars (two with “V” device); two awards of the Legion of Merit; the Soldier’s Medal; the Army Commendation Medal (with “V” device); three Purple Hearts; the Master Parachutist Badge; the Free Fall Parachutist Badge; and parachutists badges from Germany, England, Belgium, Canada, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar; along with numerous other service medals. Civilian decorations include the Gold Medallion and Seal from the Central Intelligence Agency.
He is a frequent speaker for veterans and other military and civic organizations.
He lives in Valrico, FL.
“Jesse Johnson was a hero to me when I worked for him as a young airborne Lieutenant, and he remains a hero to me and countless others some 45 years later. His incredible courage on multiple battlefields, his inspirational leadership, his sacrifice over many decades, and his genuine love for soldiers and soldiering make his story a timeless one, as relevant and inspiring today as it was at each juncture along the way – including when I was privileged to serve under him.”
--General David Petraeus, US Army (Ret.)
Fmr. Commander, International Security Assistance Force
Fmr. Commander, US Central Command
Fmr. Director of the CIA
“It is imperative that all Americans read Colonel Jesse Johnson’s story. At a time when fiction, fantasy, and facade too often displace actual accomplishments, courage, and character, we should recognize the authentic heroes among us. I served with Colonel Johnson for more than four decades, in both peace and war, and there is no doubt that he is the real deal. Jesse Johnson’s life’s journey transcends decades of American conflict, our own national development, and societal transformation. His life is a history lesson in and of itself. I am proud to know Jesse Johnson as a brother in arms and as a friend.”
--General Peter J. Schoomaker US Army (Ret.)
Fmr. Commander in Chief, US Special Operations Command
Fmr. Chief of Staff, US Army
“Colonel Jesse L. Johnson is a warrior's warrior. For over 40 years from Vietnam to Iraq, from the 1st Cavalry Division to the Delta Force, Johnson was there standing tall and doing his duty. WARFIGHTER recounts his stories from start to finish and is a real page turner. Compelling work.”
--Joseph L. Galloway, co-author of We Were Soldiers Once...and Young
Endorsement TK from General Barry McCaffrey