Thursday, August 11, 2011
Aaron Vaughn is one of the Navy SEALs who died in the Chinook helo ambush.
The widow of Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn told CNN: "I want to tell the world that he was an amazing man, that he was a wonderful husband, and a fabulous father to two wonderful children. He was a warrior for Christ and he was a warrior for our country and he wouldn't want to leave this Earth any other way than how he did . . ."
American Morning let Kimberly Vaughn’s offensive reference to Christ in a tribute to her husband get by their censors once before political correctness took hold to cut it a mere five minutes later. In a moment reminiscent of NBC’s “regrettable” omission of “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance during it coverage of the U.S. Open two months ago, CNN cut “warrior for Christ” from Kimberly Vaughn’s tribute to her hero husband (one of twenty-two Navy SEALS and eight other servicemen killed in the Chinook helicopter during a mission in Afghanistan).
PERSONAL STORIES OF THE FALLEN FIGHTERS
They came from far-flung corners of the country - some of them motivated by the 9/11 attacks that bin Laden masterminded.
They were intensely patriotic and talented young men with a love of physical challenges and a passion for the high-risk job they chose.
Brian Bill, for example, had seemingly boundless ambitions, according to those who knew him as a high school student-athlete in Stamford, Conn. A skier, mountaineer, pilot and triathlete, he hoped to complete graduate school after his military service and then become an astronaut. "He loved life; he loved a challenge; and he was passionate about being a SEAL," his family said in a statement Monday.
Aaron Vaughn, a 30-year-old father of two from Virginia Beach, Va., met his wife, Kimberly, when she was a Washington Redskins cheerleader on a USO tour in Guam. Vaughn had aspired to a military career since childhood and told his parents after 9/11 that he wanted to become a SEAL. "He felt, and so did the other members of his team, that the very existence of our republic is at stake," his father, Billy Vaughn, told NBC's "Today." "Because of that, Aaron was willing to give his life."
Jason Workman, 32, of Blanding, Utah, also cited 9/11 as his motive for aspiring to join the special forces, childhood friend Tate Bennett told The Deseret News. He completed his Mormon mission to Brazil and Philadelphia, attended college, then joined the Navy with the specific goal of becoming a SEAL. "Not making it just wasn't an option," Bennett said of his friend, who leaves behind a wife and 21-month-old son.
Workman, Vaughn, Bill and 19 other SEALS were among 30 Americans and eight Afghans killed Saturday when a rocket-propelled grenade fired by a Taliban insurgent downed their Chinook helicopter en route to a combat mission. All but two of the SEALs were from SEAL Team 6, the unit that killed bin Laden, although military officials said none of the crash victims was on that mission in Pakistan against the al-Qaida leader.
The crash was a somber counterpoint to the national jubilation that greeted news of bin Laden's death. Yet families and friends of the SEALs killed aboard the Chinook spoke of the dedication and tight-knit camaraderie that tided them through all sorts of ups and downs.
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Today is SEAL Day at STORMBRINGER - they join the Heroes of our Nation in Valhalla, and we honor them.
SEAN LINNANE SENDS