Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Navy Hospitalman Aaron D. Ullom

Remember Our Heroes

Navy Hospitalman Aaron D. Ullom, 20, of Midland, Mich.

Seaman Ullom was assigned 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died July 12, 2011 in the Now Zad district of Afghanistan while conducting a dismounted patrol.

Seaman "Doc" Ullom, a Navy corpsman (medic), was killed when the Marine unit he was serving with came under fire during a foot patrol.

Seaman Ullom deployed to Afghanistan this past February. This was his first deployment. He was promoted to Seaman in April.

Seaman Ullom had just celebrated his 20th birthday, 17 days prior, on June 25. He was due to return home in less than three months and was most looking forward to getting a Pathfinder truck when he returned.

While he was a high school student, Aaron worked at Genji Japanese Steak House. He graduated from Midland High School in 2009, where he played on the football and track team. He joined the Navy during his senior year of high school after a recruiter visited the school.

"We are very proud of him", his mother said. "He loved doing what he did. He loved being a Navy man. He will be missed by many."

"I remember the little boy who accidentally ran into our garage door with his skateboard. He waited on our porch until we got home so he could confess and show us the damage", said Jeanine Noveroske. "He had only left a dent. He was all of about 9 years old. He showed such fine character then, it shouldn't be a surprise that he would die a hero, although much, much too soon."

“He was caring, humorous, strong, smart, and most of all brave,” best friend Arielle “If you met him once, he is someone you will never forget about. He died for our freedom, and will always be our hero.”

"He was our hero, he is this town's hero," said brother, Sean Bartley. "He was the type of person who just completely helped people."

Seaman Ullom leaves behind his parents,and brother, Sean.

Navy Hospitalman Aaron D. Ullom was killed in action on 7/12/11.

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