Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Army Pfc. Aaron J. Ward

Remember Our Heroes

Army Pfc. Aaron J. Ward, 19, of San Jacinto, Calif.

Pfc. Ward was assigned to the 170th Military Police Company, 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade, Fort Lewis, Wash.; died May 6, 2008 in Asad, Iraq, of wounds sustained when his unit came under small arms fire while conducting cordon and search operations.

Army Pfc. Aaron J. Ward remembered
The Associated Press

Aaron J. Ward had just arrived in Iraq in March but had already made an impression on his unit.

“He always made the best of any situation,” said Spc. Nicholas Dechicko, a military policeman.

Ward, 19, of San Jacinto, Calif., was killed May 6 by small-arms fire in Anbar province. He was assigned to Fort Lewis.

“Aaron was a great kid,” said his uncle, Gary Tolle. “He was kind to everybody, and he was a very warm and loving soul.”

Tolle said Ward looked up to several family members who served in the military and wanted to carve a career for himself with the Army. “He wanted to make a difference,” Tolle said. “He respected the military and he felt it an honor to serve.”

Everyone who spoke of Ward mentioned the smile that was always on his face and the joy that he brought to others around him. Ward “was full of energy, full of life and made you smile,” said Army Capt. Chad Johnson.

“He was a great soldier and an excellent friend,” said Army Pfc. Eric Giles, a military policeman who has served with Ward since basic training.

He is survived by his parents, Paul and Debra.

Army Pfc. Aaron J. Ward was killed in action on 05/06/08.

1 comment:

Kathi Poppert said...

PFC Aaron J Ward is my nephew and I will miss him for ever. he always had a huge smile on his face no matter what and a joke to crack. always gonna marry every girl he liked a real lady's man. haha you go Aaron. he will be forever in my heart and thoughts. I love your face Aaron. Aunt Kathi