By JUSTIN DUNN
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.”