On August 6, 2011, a Chinook helicopter crashed in Afghanistan's eastern Wardak Province, killing 30 U.S. troops, seven Afghan commandos, and an interpreter. The dead included 22 members of U.S. Navy SEAL Team 6, including a young man named Aaron Carson Vaughn.
Vaughn's grandmother, Geneva Vaughn of Union City Tennessee, said that her grandson, a Tennessee native, had wanted to be a SEAL since he was a child and had returned to combat just two weeks after his 2-month-old daughter was born this summer.
Vaughn, 30, leaves behind his wife, Kimberly and two children. His wife is a former Washington Redskins cheerleader. They met when she was on tour entertaining the troops on Guam. They married about four years ago.
Geneva Vaughn says her grandson joined the SEALs straight out of boot camp and was already a decorated fighter when he was asked by the Navy to return stateside to become an instructor. He chafed under this assignment and applied to SEAL Team 6, earning his way to the squad in 2010. He won multiple military medals, she said. "The last time he was in Afghanistan he received a medal because his team was under fire and couldn't see the enemy. He left the ones he was with and drew fire, and killed the enemy to save his fellow team members.
Mrs. Vaughn said, "Aaron was a Christian and he's with Jesus today. He told us when we saw him last November that he wasn't afraid because he knew where he was going, saying, 'Granny, don't worry about me.'"
She added, "He was a tough warrior but he was a gentle man."
I asked myself -- where, where, where do guys like this come from? The answer: They come from the heart of America. Guys like him have given us what we have today, I thank God for them.
Thank you, Lord, for Aaron Carson Vaughn and the privilege of inhabiting the planet at the same time he did. Pour out your blessings and peace upon him until others who trust in Christ can meet him personally and say, "Thank you, Aaron, for what you did."