Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo was born 15-MAR 1996 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. She graduated from Lawrence High School.  Rosario Pichardo joined the Marines in 2015 and served with the Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade. She was assigned to 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Naval Support Activity Bahrain.

Rosario died 26-AUG 2021 after a suicide bomber detonated explosives outside Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport Kabul, Afghanistan.  She was 25.  Before the bomb detonated, Rosario Pichardo had been trying to help two Afghan women who were getting crushed by in a pack of people at the gates of the Kabul airport. Her final words were, “They need me, sir.” Johanny Rosario Pichardo likely earned the following medals and commendations:

  • Purple Heart Medal
  • Combat Action Ribbon
  • Good Conduct Medal
  • National Defense Medal
  • Afghan Campaign Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
  • NATO Medal

She is buried in Bellevue Cemetery in Lawrence, Massachusetts.



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