CIA Special Operations Officer Johnny “Mike” Spann, RIP.
On November 25, 2001, the first American was killed in the Afghan war, during a prisoner uprising in northern Afghanistan.
He was a CIA special operations officer. His name was Johnny “Mike” Spann. His story is not told often enough.
We have written of Mike Spann several times before, each one documenting a different aspect of his life and family he left behind:
- Remembering Mike Spann (2011)
- Remembering Mike Spann and others (2012)
- Full circle – Johnny “Mike” Spann’s daughter, the Bergdahl swap, and an Afghan warlord (2014)
Here’s a brief description of his story:
The story of this small band of men has been told, but not told enough.
Spann was killed during the Battle of Qala-i-Jangi when Taliban prisoners gained access to weapons and attacked.
There is an interesting honor paid to Spann at the website of Afghan General and Warlord Abdul Radhis Dostum, including a link to a photo of the memorial to Spann at the site of the uprising in which he died.
His oldest child, daughter Alison, remembered him last April:
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