Veterans, Residents Welcome Army Captain Home from Afghanistan

Capt. Dan Johnson returns home to Oak Lawn from third deployment to Middle East as a bronze star recipient. Watch the video.

Army Captain Dan Johnson returned home from his third deployment to the Middle East on Saturday—this time from Afghanistan—to a warm reception at the Johnson-Phelps VFW Post 5220.

Johnson was met at the Chicago Ridge Mall by the Illinois Freedom Riders. The motorcycle motorcade escorted him back to the VFW post down 95th Street, his mom, Betty, riding on the back of a Harley.

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“I loved it,” Betty said. “I can cross it off my bucket list.”

A few residents lined Yurell Avenue along with the post faithful to greet the Bronze Star recipient.

Used to going wherever the army sends him, Johnson still hadn’t been home to his Oak Lawn condo when he bounded out of the car in his army fatigues greeting well-wishers braving the cold.

The army captain’s mother, Betty Johnson, of Mt. Greenwood, said she was just glad to have her son home in the flesh. On Christmas, the family and Johnson opened their presents together on Skype.

Watch the video of Capt. Johnson's homecoming.

Johnson said what he missed most being away from Oak Lawn was the VFW Post.

“It’s a great place to gather with all the great men and women who keep it going,” he said.

Johnson’s father, Roy, a member of VFW Post 5220 was in tears as he stroked his son’s hair and thanked everyone for coming out.

Johnson was eager to enjoy some pizza and a beer, and kick back with his family.

The first drink was on the post.

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ken crosby February 17, 2013 at 04:29 PM
I seen at 95th and Meade yesterday. True hero. 1 question what changed in 2000 when people gave our troops hero welcomes in 93-96 not a single sole cared. I came home after being in Bosnia for the conflict i was spit on called a baby killer eggs and tomatoes thrown at me all outside midway airport.
Lisa Wilson February 17, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Welcome Home Mr Johnson, I am glad to see that at least a mothers prayer was answered. But unfortunatly my son will never come home again. But he will lay in peace for the rest of his life in this Country.... God Bless our Troops
Jerry February 17, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Welcome home, Captain, amd thanks for your service. Thank you as well, Mr. Crosby.
Ann Last February 17, 2013 at 10:19 PM
That's pathetic Ken, 'cause if I had lived here in the 90's and heard about those ungrateful bums with the eggs and tomatoes, I would have hunted them down and introduced them to the business end of my favorite aluminum softball bat. I also think that we've been involved in wars and peacekeeping efforts on a more consistent basis in recent years, and with all the media coverage and most folks having internet access, people are so much more aware of you guys' service. People's failure to recognize your service makes it no less noble or important. Look at how they treated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Hank Scorpio February 18, 2013 at 03:28 AM
You actually believe his work of fiction? That didn't happen and you both know it.


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