Portraits of Navy SEALs killed in helicopter crash

continued from page 6

Question of the Day

Should Congress make English the official language of the U.S.?

View results

“There’s nothing athletic about me, but I realized that you have to get into other people’s comfort zone to get information,” said Newlun, of Rogers, Ark., explaining that her son, an Air Force technical sergeant, was a “gentle giant” who “just loved anything physical, anything athletic.”

Newlun said her son played football and basketball in high school and went to John Brown University on a swimming scholarship. He had wanted to go into the medical field and become a nurse anesthetist, but decided to join the military after seeing a video of a special tactical unit, she said.

The airman was a paramedic and ready to attend to the medical needs of anyone who was rescued, his mother said.

Arkansas state Rep. Jon Woods went to high school with Brown in Siloam Springs and remembered playing basketball and watching “Saturday Night Live” on the weekends.

“When you think of what the ideal model of a soldier would be, he would be it,” said Woods. “He could run all day.”

___

Aaron Carson Vaughn

Aaron Carson Vaughn was a man of deep faith, insisting to his family that he didn’t fear his job as a NavySEAL “because he knew where he was going” when he died.

“Aaron was a Christian and he’s with Jesus today,” Geneva Vaughn of Union City, Tenn., told The Associated Press on Saturday. “He told us when we saw him last November that he wasn’t afraid … he said, ‘Granny, don’t worry about me.’”

“He was a tough warrior, but he was a gentle man.”

Geneva Vaughn said her grandson, 30, 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. But he applied to SEAL Team 6 after two years, earning his way onto the squad in 2010.

He asked the military to return him to combat and shipped out just six weeks before he was killed, Vaughn said.

“He was doing what he loved to do and he was a true warrior,” Geneva Vaughn said.

Aaron Vaughn leaves behind his wife, Kimberly, and two children, 2-year-old son Reagan and 2-month-old daughter Chamberlyn.

“They will take away his love for Christ. They will take his dream and his love for the country, and they will know what an amazing man he is,” Kimberly said about the children in an interview on NBC’s “Today” show Monday.

Story Continues →

View Entire Story

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
TWT Video Picks