Johnny Spann

Johnny Spann

Birth
Winfield, Marion County, Alabama, USA
Death 25 Nov 2001 (aged 32)
Balkh, Afghanistan
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 34, Lot 2359
Memorial ID 6102873 · View Source
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Mike grew up in Winfield, Alabama. He was a very ambitious and patriotic man who loved his family very much. He spent a lot of time reading history books and encyclopedias because of his interest in history. By the time he was 16, he knew that he wanted to be a Marine and then serve in the FBI or CIA. At age 17, Mike earned his Private Pilots License and later became a certified rescue diver and parachutist. He was a wide receiver and running back in high school. Even tho he was only 5'10" and weighed 160 pounds, he was muscular and tough; giving 120 percent of everything he had. After graduating from Winfield High School, Mike entered Auburn University where he joined the Marine Corps Reserve in December 1991. After earning a degree in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement in 1992, he enrolled in Officers Training School in Quantico, Virginia, where he soon became an artillery expert with a specialty in how to direct air and naval firepower toward the enemy on the ground. By 1996, he was a Captain in command of 25 or more Marines. In 1999, he was ready to try something new and decided on joining the CIA. On November 25, 2001, Mike, who worked in a little known paramilitary unit of the CIA's clandestine service, was interrogating Taliban prisoners at Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan. A few short moments after questioning a fellow American, John Walker Lindh, who had converted to Islam and taken up the Taliban cause, he was killed in a chaotic prison uprising. Mike will be remembered in his hometown as a goal-oriented ex-Marine who always wanted to do the right thing without drawing attention to himself. In joining the CIA, he said, "someone has got to do the things no one else wants to do." Mike is survived by his wife Shannon and three young children.

Bio by: Brenda N


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  • Added: 19 Jan 2002
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Johnny Spann (1 Mar 1969–25 Nov 2001), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6102873, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .