Daughter of first American killed in Afghanistan: Mike Spann’s legacy is greater than a ‘headline on the news’

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This article is part of a Fox News Digital series examining the consequences of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan one year ago this week.

The daughter of the first American to be killed in combat in Afghanistan tells Fox News Digital she wants people to remember him not as a “headline on the news,” but as a trailblazer who was among the earliest to volunteer and “do what he thought he needed to do” there following 9/11.

Alison Spann made the remark about her father, Johnny “Mike” Spann, as military families across America are preparing to mark the one-year anniversary of the turbulent U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. 

Mike Spann, a CIA officer, died in a November 2001 Afghanistan prison revolt shortly after interrogating John Walker Lindh, a captured Islamic militant dubbed the “American Taliban” for joining and supporting the terrorist organization in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. 

“I think my dad has received a lot of attention solely because he was the first American killed after 9/11 and for me, I will never know Mike Spann as an adult, I am always going to know him from the lens of a 9-year-old kid,” Alison Spann told Fox News Digital in an interview. 


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