[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 127 (Thursday, July 27, 2017)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
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RECOGNIZING THE LIFE OF FALLEN MISSISSIPPI SOLDIER SERGEANT FIRST CLASS
(SFC) JOHNNY ROOSEVELT POLK
HON. TRENT KELLY
in the house of representatives
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Mr. KELLY of Mississippi. Mr. Speaker, today I rise in memory of Army
Sergeant First Class (SFC) Johnny Roosevelt Polk who paid the ultimate
sacrifice while defending our great nation on July 25, 2009, during
Operation Iraqi Freedom. SFC Polk died from wounds he sustained when
his vehicle was struck by an anti-tank grenade on July 23 in Kirkuk,
SFC Polk was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery
Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood,
Texas. This was the third deployment of his 17-years spent in service.
According to the Associated Press, SFC Polk, a Gulfport native, was
described as a fine leader who knew how to bring out the best in
SFC Polk attended Harrison Central High School where he was a member
of the football team. He joined the U.S. Army in 1992.
“He was keen as well as humble,” said Sergeant (SGT) Thomas
Lathrop, who served with SFC Polk. “He had a swagger about him that
separated him from the rest and an insurmountable vivacity that could
never be ignored.”
First Lieutenant (1LT) Jaciel Guerrero, who also served with SFC
Polk, admired his leadership abilities. “Whenever anyone needed
guidance, he was there,” said 1LT Guerrero.
SFC Polk's son, Xavier Jones, said his dad was a loving father, a
volunteer firefighter, and one who would find time for fishing. “He
disappeared for days at a time and go fishing,” Xavier said. “He
would come home with fish and put them in a tank, a regular fish
SFC Polk was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star medals.
According to the Memorial Network Partner Provider, a memorial
service was held on August 15, 2009, at the Little Rock Missionary
Baptist Church. SFC Polk was laid to rest at the Biloxi National
SFC Polk is survived by his wife, Wanonia Janise; five children,
Antoine Azeheart, Mary Gardner, De'Andra Jones, Zavier Jones, Alvin
Jones; and siblings, Walter Polk, Artha Polk, and Mary Polk.
SFC Polk paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we all enjoy.
His devotion to our nation will not be forgotten.