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02/21/05 - Angelina County

A Soldier Meets His Daughter For The First Time

by Jessica Cervantez

Six-day-old Amy Lynn Johnson is daddy's little Marine baby. She has his ears, and eyes. Lance Cpl. Brandon Johnson tried to make Amy's delivery, but he was just a little late.

Johnson said, "I was flying in a plane and we were over Oklahoma, and I called my mom first, and she said I had a baby. I was disappointed because I wasn't there, but at the same time excited because I was a dad.

Johnson was stationed in Southwestern and Central Iraq for six months. The months were difficult for the then pregnant mother. They were about to begin a family, but she knew Johnson was doing what he loved to do, serve his country. Tiffany was hoping for the best but fearing the worst.

She said, "It's hard, you pray a lot but it's in the back of your mind. You try not to think about it, you think about when he comes home and this is the kind of stuff we're going to do."

Johnson always wanted to join the military. He plans to retire a Marine, and wants people to know there are a lot of soldiers over in Iraq who need your prayers.

He said, "Support the troops, send letters and stuff to say you care, it helps out a lot."

For months Tiffany had the support of her family to help her. Now, grandma is filled with tears of both happiness and sadness as she will have to say goodbye to her granddaughter.

Amy Lynn and her parents will go to California for at least 16 months were Brandon will be stationed.

Will he go back to Iraq? Only the future will tell.

Johnson worked mainly as a firefighter in Iraq. Johnson and his now larger family will head to Round Rock, close to Austin, to visit his relatives before they head to California.

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