Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Army 2nd Lt. John S. Vaughan

Remember Our Heroes

Army 2nd Lt. John S. Vaughan, 23, of Edwards, Colo.

2nd Lt Vaughan was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska; killed June 7 when he encountered enemy small-arms fire during dismounted combat operations in Mosul, Iraq.

2nd Lt. John S. Vaughan QUINCY - Army 2nd Lt. John Shaw Vaughan, 23, died Wednesday, June 7, 2006, in action while serving in Mosul, Iraq. A graveside service with full military honors will be at 10 a.m. EDT today at Hillcrest Cemetery. The Rev. Ralph McCaskill will officiate. The Honor Guard from Fort Benning, Ga., will be present.

John was born April 12, 1983, in Vail, Colo., to Sarah Shaw and Robert John Vaughan.

John enjoyed skiing, fly fishing, horseback riding and building Jeeps. After high school he attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. He joined the Army ROTC program his freshman year and was assigned a prestigious branch placement of military intelligence with a branch detail of infantry. He graduated in May 2005 and received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in aviation, and he was commissioned the same day as a 2nd lieutenant.

After completing the basic training course at Fort Benning, Ga., he was assigned a post in Fort Wainwright, AK.

John was deployed to Iraq May 6 to join the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

Lt. Vaughan earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his courageous sacrifice in the line of duty.

John is survived by his mother, Sarah Shaw Vaughan of Vail; a sister, Rebecca Vaughan of Vail; his maternal grandmother, Rebecca Shaw of Quincy; an aunt, Leewood Shaw of Tallahassee; his uncle and aunt, Charles Richard "Dick" III and Cheryl Shaw, both of Golden, Colo.; two cousins, Walker and Maxwell Shaw, both of Golden; and his father and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Robert John Vaughan of Las Vegas, Nev.

Army 2nd Lt. John S. Vaughan was killed in action on 6/7/06.

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