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This profile was last updated on 5/30/07  and contains information from public web pages.
 
Background

Employment History

  • Commander
    Troop C
  • Team Captain
    Team USA
  • Foreign Fighter
  • Martial Arts NY
19 Total References
Web References
BAGHDAD - On a recent patrol ...
www.dvidshub.net, 30 May 2007 [cached]
BAGHDAD - On a recent patrol through the Haifa Street area, Capt. John Gilliam was surprised at what he saw.The last time that he had been on Haifa Street was Feb. 3, and at that time, the area still had the notorious distinction for being known as one of Baghdad's most dangerous neighborhoods.
Today Haifa Street continues to show signs of new life as more and more businesses open and people continue to move back into the area daily.This was not the same place that Gilliam, the commander of Troop C, 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment., 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, remembered.
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It's a different place today, though, and Gilliam knows this as he points out that coalition forces have not received any enemy contact in the area since Feb. 3 - the night that Gilliam nearly lost his leg when a grenade exploded within just a few feet of him.
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After arriving to the vicinity of the building, Gilliam and his Soldiers quickly moved up and entered the building only to find it abandoned.They searched the surrounding buildings, and while they discovered evidence of insurgent activity, they were unable to locate the individual they were after.
As they started moving back toward their vehicles, Gilliam received information from one of the helicopter crews on hand to provide air support for the mission that there were seven individuals with AK-47s moving through one of the alleyways.
"We moved one of our vehicles up into a blocking position, and we started moving dismounts up through the alleyways toward the individuals to try to get into position to where we could engage or capture them," he said."We started taking pretty heavy small arms fire from down the alleyway, and we couldn't get a clear shot because they we're shielding themselves behind children."
As one of his platoons continued to move down the alleyway, Gilliam and his radioman, Spc.Stephen Battisto, stopped about 20 yards behind the other Soldiers so that Gilliam could make a call on his radio.
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The grenade, which the Soldiers suspect was thrown from one of the rooftops, landed about four feet from Battisto and Gilliam, and, acting on instinct, Battisto pushed Gilliam to the ground just as the grenade exploded.
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The grenade, which the Soldiers suspect was thrown from one of the rooftops, landed about four feet from Battisto and Gilliam, and, acting on instinct, Battisto pushed Gilliam to the ground just as the grenade exploded.
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"I didn't think that I was that seriously wounded at the time, and I tried to stay out there and stay on the radio and keep the situation under control," Gilliam said.
As his leg began to swell and lose feeling and his foot started to turn blue, even Gilliam could no longer deny that his injuries needed immediate medical attention and made the call to have himself evacuated to the combat support hospital located in the International Zone.
"They put me into a humvee, and I was at the CSH in five to 10 minutes," Gilliam said."Once we got to the CSH, they evaluated my leg, and as soon as they cut my pants off, they realized really quickly that I had some very serious internal bleeding - it's called compartment syndrome."
He said that by the time he reached the hospital his calf had swelled to the point where it was larger than his thigh.Within 10 minutes of arriving to the hospital, he was taken into surgery.
"They told my guys after I got in there that if it had probably been about thirty seconds later I would have lost my foot and a couple minutes later I'd have probably lost my leg, just based off the amount of bleeding," Gilliam said.
That night at the CSH would begin a series of surgeries and physical therapy sessions that Gilliam would have to endure over the next several months.
"The main artery in your leg is right behind your knee and the piece of shrapnel literally went in and exploded that entire artery, so they took a vein out of my right, inner thigh and did what they call a double fasciotomy," he explained."They slit my leg down both sides and took the vein out of [my thigh] and completely repaired the artery."
After two surgeries and several blood transfusions, the doctors decided Gilliam was stable enough to be moved back to Brooks Army Medical Center, located at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.
Accompanying Gilliam was his wife, Capt. Erin Gilliam, who at the time was the operations officer for the 15th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd BCT, based at FOB Falcon in south Baghdad.
U.S. Army Capt. John ...
www.defenselink.mil, 1 Feb 2007 [cached]
U.S. Army Capt. John Gilliam, commander of Troop C, 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, looks on as food and water is distributed by Red Crescent workers during a humanitarian mission on Baghdad's Haifa Street Jan. 29, 2007.U.S. Army photo by Cpl.
Martial Arts N.Y.: 20-year-old John Gilliam from Middle Island NY invited to fight in China!
www.martialartsny.com, 4 Mar 2007 [cached]
8:45 PM | 20-year-old John Gilliam from Middle Island NY inv... Martial Arts N.Y.: 20-year-old John Gilliam from Middle Island NY invited to fight in China!
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20-year-old John Gilliam from Middle Island NY invited to fight in China!
John Gilliam, 20, has been training at AFC kickboxing in his hometown of Middle Island NY since he was 10 years old with World kickboxing Champion Tommy "BEE" Bottone.
John has fought and won fights in many fighting styles since he began competing at an early age.
In 2006 John took his career to another level, traveling to Virginia Beach to win the gold medal in the U.S. WAKO kickboxing championships which was the largest full contact kickboxing rules tournament in US history.
John also won the gold medal in the USKBA World championships held in New Jersey.
Later in the year John was the team captain for Team USA which traveled to Ottawa Canada to fight Team Canada.
After returning from Canada, John fought for the PKF amateur World title and won by 4th round KO.
Earlier in the year John fought in a co-main event at a local event held in Shirley NY fighting a fighter from Yugoslavia and winning by a head kick KO in round 2.
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John will get a chance to win his weight class and then move on to win the overall division.
This style is no stranger to John as his trainer Tommy "BEE" Bottone was a Sanshou tournament Champion before turning to other rules for Pro kickboxing in the US. Bottone said that John is ready and willing and that his unique style of strong hands, great kicks and strong wrestling skills will be hard to beat.
John Gilliam is very excited to take his career to another level with this World tournament in China.
John was a very good wrestler for Longwood school district and has been well prepared for this type of tournament in his years of training and teaching at AFC kickboxing.
For more information about John Gilliam and Team USA go to www.ringoffirekickboxing.com
SUBMITTED PHOTO Alpha Kappa Alpha ...
www.aikenstandard.com, 21 Oct 2013 [cached]
SUBMITTED PHOTO Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Kappa Upsilon Omega Chapter sponsored a service project for the Aiken County detention center. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Rosa Ishmal, Lt. Harold Coleman, Officer Bryant, Capt. John Gilliam, jail administrator and Ann Dicks.
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Harold Coleman, Officer Bryant, Capt. John Gilliam, jail administrator and Ann Dicks.
Martial Arts N.Y.
www.martialartsny.com [cached]
John Gilliam did a great Job fighting in China, winning his first fight by 2nd round TKO against a National champion from China.
We saw that this fighter was very aggressive and looking to land strong low kicks in round 1. John stayed cool and fought back hard beginning to back his fighter up by end of the round. We noticed that he had a tall stance and new that a spinning back fist was called for. John threw it and landed very hard opening a cut on his opponents head. After they worked on it and the doctor checked it out they let the fight continue with John attacking very strong and again landing another clean spinning back fist which opened the cut more, they stopped the fight and John was a new star in China.
This entire event was on Live TV and was covered by all the press. John was on the front page of the newspaper in the morning and was a definite target of Team China which John was likely to fight again in his next match.
There was still another elimination in John's weight class with the A from China fighting a fighter from Romania. The Romanian fighter was a strong boxer and landed some hard punches but by the end of round 1 was caught with a high round kick to the head which made for a head kick KO.
Now we knew for sure that John was fighting a fighter from China in the next round and he had very good kicks.
The only KO's in the tournament were by John and his Chinese opponent which he fought for the title.
This fight was for the Kung Fu King tournament 75 kg title and the winner would go on to challenge for the overall KFK title.
Our plan was to get inside of his kicks and his was to keep us outside. Well it was another great fight with the fighter from China winning on points with him sticking to his game plan and staying calm and outside for the entire fight. John landed some good blows and also had a great suplex overhead throw in round 2.
John Gilliam gained the respect of many new Chinese fans as he was the only foreign fighter to Win in the first round and go to the final for the KFK title.
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20-year-old John Gilliam from Middle Island NY invited to fight in China!
John Gilliam, 20, has been training at AFC kickboxing in his hometown of Middle Island NY since he was 10 years old with World kickboxing Champion Tommy "BEE" Bottone.
John has fought and won fights in many fighting styles since he began competing at an early age.
In 2006 John took his career to another level, traveling to Virginia Beach to win the gold medal in the U.S. WAKO kickboxing championships which was the largest full contact kickboxing rules tournament in US history.
John also won the gold medal in the USKBA World championships held in New Jersey.
Later in the year John was the team captain for Team USA which traveled to Ottawa Canada to fight Team Canada.
After returning from Canada, John fought for the PKF amateur World title and won by 4th round KO.
Earlier in the year John fought in a co-main event at a local event held in Shirley NY fighting a fighter from Yugoslavia and winning by a head kick KO in round 2.
...
John will get a chance to win his weight class and then move on to win the overall division.
This style is no stranger to John as his trainer Tommy "BEE" Bottone was a Sanshou tournament Champion before turning to other rules for Pro kickboxing in the US. Bottone said that John is ready and willing and that his unique style of strong hands, great kicks and strong wrestling skills will be hard to beat.
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John Gilliam is very excited to take his career to another level with this World tournament in China.
John was a very good wrestler for Longwood school district and has been well prepared for this type of tournament in his years of training and teaching at AFC kickboxing.
For more information about John Gilliam and Team USA go to www.ringoffirekickboxing.com
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