Based: Ft. Campbell, Ky.
1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division
Supporting: Operation Iraqi Freedom
Died: June 12, 2008
High School: Antioch High (Antioch)
July 05, 2010
I was part of the crew that brought Sgt.Aragon off of the bird at the hospital... He touched so many of our lives that night without ever saying a word. I still wear a KIA bracelet with his name on it everyday and will continue too. RIP~ Aaron Fox,
La Crosse, Wisconsin
From Military Times:
ANTIOCH, Calif. — When John Aragon told his mother during his senior year of high school that he wanted to join the Army, she urged him to wait at least a year before making the decision.
Aragon completed a year at a community college, but the delay did nothing to diminish his passion for the military, his mother said. He called his parents once he reached Fort Campbell, Ky., to tell them all about it.
“He said, ‘I love the Army and the Army loves me,”’ Denise Aragon said. “The two just clicked.”
Aragon served for just over two years before he was killed Thursday by a roadside bomb in Iraq, the Department of Defense announced Friday. Officials said the 22-year-old died of wounds suffered when his Humvee struck the bomb in Kadamiyah, just northwest of Baghdad.
Aragon’s father, John Aragon Sr., said his son wanted to be near the action: “He would say, ‘A true soldier is a fighting foot soldier.”’
But, the elder Aragon said, his son never harbored any romantic notions of war.
“He’d tell us it was pure hell,” he said. “Those were his words: ‘pure hell.”’
Both parents said they are proud of what he accomplished, including the rank of sergeant in two years with the 101st Airborne Division.
The Antioch High School graduate, a die-hard Oakland Raiders fan with the team’s name tattooed above his heart, always kept close ties to home, calling his parents once a week and looking forward to care packages they would send filled with his favorite snacks. Denise Aragon said she had planned to send one more round of snacks before he was due home for a break next month.
“We never got to send them,” Denise Aragon said.
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Also Remembered today:
Air Force, Tech Sergeant
Sean M. Corlew, 37
-- Rest In Peace
Based: Hurlburt Field, Fla.
16th Special Operations Wing
Supporting: Operation Enduring Freedom
Died: June 12, 2002
Gardez (40 mi. southwest of), Afghanistan
Married, 2 children
Hometown: Thousand Oaks
High School: Newbury Park High (Newbury Park)
Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
He was the best brother you could have. He will always be my hero!
— Scott W. Corlew
November 23, 2008 at 10:11 p.m.
I love and miss my Daddy!
May 10, 2009 at 3:57 p.m.