'Victory day' for first U.S. casualty of war in Afghanistan
By Published: May 4, 2011
Johnny Michael Spann, known as Mike by his family, was a paramilitary officer for the CIA when he was killed November 25, 2001. He was the first American killed in combat during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.
His father, Johnny Spann, was driving down the road listening to music Sunday when he got the call: Turn on the news, CNN reports.
He flipped to a news station.
Osama bin Laden was dead.
Spann swelled with emotion. He immediately grabbed his BlackBerry and logged on to Facebook, where he posted this status update: "The S.O.B. is finally dead," CNN reported.
"If you ask me if I am proud that he's dead, yes," Spann told CNN a few days later, sitting in his real estate office in Winfield, a town of about 4,500 in northwestern Alabama. "Am I glad he's dead? Yes. The guy was a monster. He was a killer."
Spann's son, Johnny Michael Spann, known as Mike by his family, was a paramilitary officer for the CIA when he was killed November 25, 2001. Spann was at a fortress in Mazar-e Sharif where Taliban and al Qaeda prisoners were being held when the captives began rioting.
Read more about the 'Victory Day' honoring Spann on CNN.
Personnel based at Forward Operating Base Mike Spann walk past rusted weapons on the grounds of the Kala-Jangi fortress, on Nov. 19, 2007, six years after the November 25, 2001, riot by Taliban prisoners, that resulted in the death of Mike Spann, the first American casualty of the war in Afghanistan.
David Votroubek/U.S. Navy