"Emerson staged a daring rescue of a Marine pilot who was shot down over the icy ocean of North Korea by enemy fire. With the risk of 15' waves and sea ice, Emerson flew his helicopter out to rescue the pilot. It was his second rescue in four days.”
His mother, Jill, remembers Brandon quoting his Marine Corps manual. “I am an American, fighting in the armed forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in her defense.” He said, “This is me, Mom, this is how I feel.”
"...his squad came under rifle fire from a sniper’s nest in a nearby cave. Private Johnson rushed to the mouth of the cave and continued to throw in grenades until he was killed, allowing his squad to advance..."