EUGENE A AARON
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HONORED ON PANEL 7W, LINE 43 OF THE WALL

EUGENE ALLEN AARON

WALL NAME

EUGENE A AARON

PANEL / LINE

7W/43

DATE OF BIRTH

03/11/1951

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/07/1970

HOME OF RECORD

TAMPA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Hillsborough County

STATE

FL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR EUGENE ALLEN AARON
POSTED ON 9.8.2005

173d Airborne

Photograph courtesy of Harold W. Kretz

Eugene Aaron was a man I knew for a short time over thirty years ago. Aaron was one of my best friends while in country. I was there when he died ... after all these years I am still saddened when I think of himand the other two that were killed that day. Aaron, I don't recall ever calling him by his first name, so I will refer to him here as Aaron. If you were to describe him today you'd say, "this is Eugene Aaron, a nice man". That's mostly how I remember him, a nice guy that didn't hesitate to lend a hand if you needed help. I remember once when he and I were faced with a real "Mexican standoff" with some black dudes at LZ English one evening as we were leaving the "steak-house". Weapons locked and loaded at each other, the whole nine yards and he stood with me, ready to do it if "S" really did hit the fan - yeah, for real…. but that's a different story. Bottom line, Aaron was someone you could count on.

Something tweaks my memory that Aaron didn't have to be a part of the mission the day he died. Something about his vehicle needing maintenance and volunteering to replace an inexperienced crewmember on the other track (21??) - I don't remember the vehicle #'s well any more). His friends needed an experience crewmember so he traded places with a new guy. Anyway, that was the type of trooper Aaron was. I don't remember the drivers name, he lost a leg but the others on the vehicle and those that died with Aaron were Brent Sveen, Eddie Padilla, and Glen English. Glen English received the Medal of Honor trying to save these men.


This is not the place to describe their last moments, I'll keep that to myself but what is important here is knowing that Aaron's, and Sveen's and Padilla's, and English's loss touched everyone within E Troop 17th Armored Cavalry. His platoon was especially moved by the events of that day. I myself learned how to cry that evening. I remember finding myself a spot where I could be alone, I sat down, looked up at those super bright stars the way they would be sometimes in that country, wondered why at least a million times and cried uncontrollably and unashamedly until I exhausted myself, curled up and fell asleep. The image of that day does not visit me as often as it once did but still, thirty plus years latter at times like Thanksgiving and Christmas when I look at my child and how blessed I have been, thoughts of Aaron and the others return and I am back on that bunker, weeping unashamedly for fallen friends.


I am sorry Aaron, Padilla and Sveen,
I am sorry for all the things you've never seen.
I am sorry Aaron, Padilla and Sveen,
I am sorry just to young you'll forever be.
I've been sorry sometimes because why not me
But I for one will never forget- never forget you three.


If any relative by chance reads this please know that many liked Aaron and he wasn't alone when he died. To some of us he will always be remembered. When, on the occasion you pray for him, please remember the other three who fell with him for they were truly "A Band of Brothers" who have become immortalized in American military history.

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Copied, with permission, from: www.173d.com
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POSTED ON 1.15.2004

A brave young man

A brave young man. We thank you for giving your life
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POSTED ON 10.18.2000
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS YOUNG MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS


EUGENE ALLEN AARON


TROOP " E "

3rd BATTALION

17th CAVALRY

173rd AIRBORNE BRIGADE


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please see REMEMBRANCE for


STAFF SERGEANT


GLENN HARRY ENGLISH JR.


a posthumous recipient of the


CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR


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IN COMMEMORATION OF ALL

SKY SOLDIERS

WHOSE VALOR AND SACRIFICE

IN DEFENSE OF SOUTH VIETNAM

MUST NEVER BE FORGOTTEN

" ALL GAVE SOME --- SOME GAVE ALL "


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YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE


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POSTED ON 10.14.2000

A fine, brave soldier from Tampa

Goodbye, America's Heroes, we have shamefully failed to stand by you, for all the wrong reasons, which had tempted us aside! Now we must pay the price for letting those who survived down, as well knowing some who didn't have to die have died! We must honor them every day when we see your names upon the Wall. And from every corner of the land, they answered to the call. Every soldier, sailor, airman, and Marine and Coast Guardsman, too...they all gace their lives so we can live beneath the old Red, White, and Blue. For those who've gone before, we say "WELL DONE! be thou at peace!" We salute you, PFC Aaron, for your selfless dedication to our country. Your devotion to duty, your devotion to honor, and ABOVE ALL! Your devotion to God and our country, the land that you loved, the land of the Free and the home of the Brave, will NEVER...I say again, will NEVER be extinguished from our minds.i
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