LCpl. Johnny Ray Strong
United States Marine Corps
KIA 12 June 2007
Johnny Ray Strong, 21, died in the Al Anbar Province, Iraq on June 12, 2007.  Johnny was born on
May 24, 1986, in Temple at Scott & White weighing only 29 and one half ounces. He attended A. J.
Moore Academy and joined the Junior ROTC program. During his senior year he enlisted in the
Marines. After graduating from A. J. Moore Academy in 2004 he went to boot camp in San Diego.
Johnny was a Marine through and through. He loved serving his country and was serving his
second tour in Iraq. His family and friends will miss his happy, upbeat, outgoing personality more
than words can express. His hobbies included bowling, putt-putt, shooting pool, listening to music
and playing video games. He also enjoyed playing the piano and going on vacation with his family
to the coast. Johnny leaves behind many family and friends, including his parents, Steven and
Jacqueline Williams Strong of Waco; maternal grandparents, Minerva D. Williams and Elsworth
Williams Jr.; paternal grandparents, Elizabeth Merritt and Farrell Jeppesen; many uncles, aunts,
nieces, nephews and cousins; a very special and loving second family, Thomas and Gracie
McGlauflin and their children.

Memorial Page Established by- Marchelle Harris
In Honor Of Lcpl Johnny Ray Strong
To our fallen hero. your mom, grandma, myself, henry,
faith, grace, hope and kris dearly miss you. we are so proud of you and
the many that have fallen and the ones that remain. thank you for being
our earthly protector and now our heavenly protector. although it
truly hurts to say we miss you, you will forever live on in our hearts and
minds. we will always love you and miss you. we have been truly blessed
w/having you these pasts years. i am so proud that you followed your
God given purpose. rest well.

December 05, 2012
Michele Larson
I never knew you but escorted you home through Raleigh.  Someone handed me your memorial card - it
both touched and broke my heart.  I look forward to meeting you in His presence.  Thank you for
serving and giving your life.

May 2, 2009
grace mcglauflin
JOHNNY- i really miss you baby. But I feel we will see you again. I was so proud of you always and i feel
so very honored even before you became a Marine, to have you in our lives. I miss you everyday and
sometimes still cry for you but I know now that we will be together again,someday. I Have to believe in
that. Thank you son for being so very brave and serving your country,  you gave your all.... I LOVE YOU

February 26, 2009
Mary Ellison
Until today I'd not heard of Johnny Ray Strong. Just by chance I was talking to a couple who was giving
me history of Waco and in the conversation this young soldiers name was mentioned. So I decided to
research and see exactly who this young man was. From what I have gathered from the many
responses on this site and others I was truly touched by the love that was projected. I am a Veteran and
I have to say that I know I am proud of this Marine even though I did not know him. This tribute to him
speak of him as the man with love and honor. I honor my fallen comrade with all of the love and
respect that we as his Military brothers and sisters can give.
I thank him for his service and to the family my condolences.
May God continue to bless you and keep you in his loving arms.  

March 17, 2008
Marchelle Harris
To you who signed i thank you. it has been almost 1
year since we lost Johnny Ray. We still miss him and still lift up the
ones left behind fighting. We honor those who have died and those who are
still fighting. Johnny was my sister's only son. i am the proud aunt of
this awesome young warrior.

Nov 11, 2007
Cindy Smith

To the Family of LCpl Johnny Ray Strong:

As the mother of a fallen Marine, LCpl Chad Bryant Maynard, KIA June
15, 2005, born 2 months premature, weighing 4 lbs 9 oz, I know how you
feel tonight.  Sometimes the pain is as raw a fresh as the first day I
learned he had been taken from us.  We were proud of our Chad, as I know
you are proud of your son.  The similarities to my Chad and Johnny just
made chills run up and down me.  

Please know that there are others out here that know how you feel.  We
loved our Marines, and we are proud of all of them.  My son died doing
what he wanted to do:  be a Marine.  I am guessing that your son was
the same.

All I can say is bless you and your family.  The pain and the emptiness
hasn't really left me, but I can tell you that after a while you will
be able to smile at your memories of your loved one, to remember the
jokes and the funny things, even to remember some of the harder things
and you will be OK.  

Thank you for your son, and his service, and thank you for your family
and their service as well.  It's not just our children that do the
service to our country:  it's all of us that love them as well.

With my deepest sorrow and regrets for your loss,

Cindy Smith

Nov 10, 2007
Andrew Thomas

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking
along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from his
life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one
belonged to him, and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at
the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of
his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it
happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it. "LORD,
you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the
way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my
life, there is only one set of footprints, I don't understand why when I
needed you the most you would leave me.

The LORD replied, "My precious, precious child, I love you and would
never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see
only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you my child.



Sept. 04, 2007
loretta scruggs
i am a single parent of my only child (male) came from
overseas 1 year ago after serving 7 years overseas.  for 7 years, i had
sleepless nights wondering about my only offspring and only child.  my
prayers go out to the entire family of LCPL JOHNNY RAY STRONG.  i know
GOD will give you peace & comfort in the months coming.  God will heal
what no man can do.  my prayers will continue to go out all families
that are experiencing LOSS.  He was very brave & dedicated.  

from  single black parent los angeles, california
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