Ride for Johnny
"John Douangdara was born on December 29, 1984, in Sioux City, Iowa. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on February 15, 2002, and went on active duty to begin basic training on February 4, 2003. Douangdara completed basic training at NTC Great Lakes, Illinois, in April 2003, and then attended Master-at-Arms training at Hampton Roads, Virginia, from April to June 2003. His first assignment was as a Master-at-Arms at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, from June 2003 to July 2006, and during this time he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from August to November 2005. Petty Officer Douangdara next served as a Master-at-Arms at Submarine Base New London, Connecticut, from August 2006 to January 2008, followed by service as a Combat Assault Dog Handler with Naval Special Warfare Development Group at Dam Neck, Virginia, from January 2008 until he was killed in action with his Military Working Dog, Bart, aboard the CH-47 Chinook helicopter "Extortion 17" in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011. During this time he deployed to Afghanistan in 2008-2009, 2010, and 2011. John Douangdara was buried at Arlington National Cemetery."
Retrieved from: Veteran Tributes at: http://veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=2181
October 24th we Ride for Johnny.
MA1 John Douangdara and his Military Working Dog Bart gave their life protecting our freedoms as part of Operation Extortion 17 (KIA Aug 6, 2011). Join us in celebration of his life and support of his family.
We will also be collecting an unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots that will go to the children of the US Marines of Pico Rivera.
Dog demos provided by Real Deal Dog Training.