By JUSTIN DUNN

Midweek Sport - - SPORT -

DIL­LARD John­son is the dead­li­est sol­dier in Amer­i­can his­tory – with a stag­ger­ing 2,746 con­firmed kills to his name.

Sgt 1st Class John­son was com­man­der of a Bradley Fight­ing Ve­hi­cle nick­named “Car­ni­vore” and helped lead the ground as­sault dur­ing Op­er­a­tion Iraqi Freedom – over­whelm­ing the en­emy with a re­lent­less show of mil­i­tary might that left a trail of dead in his wake.

He was obliged to re­port con­firmed kills to his su­pe­ri­ors, cat­a­logu­ing the dead in a green jour­nal that re­vealed the as­ton­ish­ing tally – which only be­gan to come to light as he sat down to write his mem­oir.

There may – pos­si­bly – have been a dead­lier sol­dier in an ear­lier war. But since de­tailed records be­gan John­son tops the list. Not that it’s some­thing he boasts about. He said: “It’s sort of sad to say, but they’re just an­other pen­cil mark. I didn’t think of the num­bers – that’s not a boast I would make.”

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