Aaron Carson Vaughn
Special Warfare Operations Chief, U.S. Navy
Naval Special Warfare Group TWO
Petty Officer 1st Class Vaughn was from Stuart, Florida. He enlisted in the United States Navy in November, 2002.
He graduated from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois on February, 2003. Petty Officer 1st Class Vaughn completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL School, Coronado California in April, 2004. He served in a West Coast based Special Warfare Unit from November, 2004 to June, 2008.
He served in an East Coast based SEAL Team from June, 2008 to August, 2011.
Aaron’s helicopter was shot down August 6th 2011 please read more through the link below.
Aaron left behind his wife Kimberly, and 2 children, Reagan 2, Chamberlyn 9 weeks.
Petty Officer 1st Class Vaughn’s awards include the Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal Joint Service Commendation Medal with ‘V’ for valor, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2) one with “V” for valor, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Good Conduct Medal (2), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2) Navy Expert Rifleman Medal, and Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal.
ONE VETERAN FAMILY AT A TIME, THE KIDS
Reagan is 7 years old, son (DOB 9/13/09) so he was almost 2 when Aaron was killed. He’s into swimming, fishing, skating boarding, riding his bike, Legos, video games and nerf gun fights! He loves the outdoors! He’s a cub scout (wolf) and currently in the second grade (gifted program).
Chamberlyn is 5 years old, daughter (6/3/11) and was only 9 weeks old when Aaron was killed. Fortunately, Aaron was able to see her be born but left 2 weeks after her birth to start his first deployment with DEVGRU. She’s into writing and drawing, dolls, dancing, singing, gymnastics, and swimming too. She is in kindergarten and doing fantastic with her studies as well.
LTC Rob Baldwin, 101-Det Commander
Rob deployed to Afghanistan with the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade during Feb 2010. Around that same time, General Petraeus tasked the 101 CAB with providing a Detachment of aircraft and Soldiers and aviators to support Special Operations. Rob was selected as the 101-Det Commander and he kept that job until he was killed in action on 21 September 2010, in a UH-60 Blackhawk crash during a nighttime air assault mission. He died alongside 4 Army Soldiers, 4 Navy SEALs, and a civilian.
His Awards and Decorations include, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Arrowhead Device, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Air Assault Badge, Parachutist Badge and Senior Army Aviator Badge.
Rob left behind his wife, Danielle, and four children, Rachel 8, Keegan 4, Meaghan 3, Patrick 6 months.
ONE VETERAN FAMILY AT A TIME, THE KIDS
Rachel is now 14 and a Freshman. She has danced since she was 3 and still loves it. She is enrolled with a local dance studio and is on the dance team at her school. Rachel plays piano and recently took up violin. She would like to be a nutritionist when she grows up.
Keegan is 10 and in the 5th grade. He belongs to “Strings” Club at school and plays the violin. He enjoys baseball, basketball, Nerf wars, and riding his bike. He loves dogs and wants to be a veterinarian when he grows up.
Meaghan is 9 and in the 4th grade. She is in the school choir and Arts & Crafts Club. Meaghan is taking piano and tumbling lessons.
Meaghan enjoys baking and all things crafty. She has dreams of becoming a doctor and an illustrator.
Patrick is 6 and in the 1st grade. He is in Maker’s Club at school. He plays the piano and would like to learn how to play the guitar. Like his big brother, Patrick also plays baseball and basketball. He loves Nerf wars and Legos and all things Star Wars. Patrick enjoys being a kid so much, he doesn’t want to grow up.