Aamot, Aaron, SPC

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Infantry (Enlisted)
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2007-2009, 11B10, HHC, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
2006 - 2009
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Operation Enduring Freedom


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Home Town
Last Address
Custer, WA

Casualty Date
Nov 05, 2009
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Other Explosive Device
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
Location of Interment
Haynie Cemetery - Blaine, Washington
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2nd Infantry Division Infantry Shoulder Cord

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment
  2007-2009, 11B10, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division
  2007-2009, 11B10, HHC, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2009-2009 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
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Aaron Seth Aamot was born on April 12, 1987, in his grandmother's house on the Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA. He was killed in action on November 5, 2009, in Afghanistan. Aaron was raised in Whatcom County on a small farm in Custer, WA. He was active in the Critters & Co. 4-H Club and the Ferndale FFA. The Whatcom Youth Fair and the Northwest Washington Fair were favorite events for Aaron. The attacks on September 11, 2001, gave Aaron the determination to serve his country in the armed forces. After graduating from Ferndale High School in 2006, he went to Basic Training in Fort Benning, Georgia. After being stationed at Fort Lewis, Aaron enjoyed his role driving a Stryker vehicle in the newly formed 5th Stryker Brigade. The 5-2 SBCT deployed in July 2009 to the area around Kandahar. Aaron was driving his Stryker on a patrol when it hit a buried explosive.

He is survived by his parents, Mark and Julie (Hinds) Aamot of Custer; siblings, Matthew (Angela), Joshua, Nellie (Ricky) Huisman, Benjamin (Catrina); Dale; Ethan; and Daniel. Grandparents are the late Arnold Aamot and Charlotte (Reeck) Aamot of Bellingham, and William and Donna (McDougle) Hinds of Sedro-Woolley. Aaron was a devoted uncle to nephews Elijah, Samuel, Oliver, and Nathaniel, and nieces, Evelyn, Janett, Ella, and Catherine. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2009, at 1:00 PM, in the Ferndale High School Gymnasium. The public is invited to attend. A graveside service will be held at Haynie Cemetery immediately following. Those wishing to honor Aaron's memory and service may do so at any ICU branch where a fund has been started to benefit the 4-H Youth Programs in Whatcom County. Aaron's family also requests that the community keep the soldiers who are still in harm's way and their families in prayer. You may share your thoughts and memories of Aaron on the online guest book at 
www.molesfuneralhomes.com Moles Family Funeral Homes & Crematory - Ferndale
Nov, 6, 2009

Custer man killed in action in Afghanistan

Ferndale High grad served with Fort Lewis' 5th Stryker Brigade


A 2006 Ferndale High School graduate was killed in Afghanistan Thursday, Nov. 5, when the Stryker vehicle he was driving went over a buried explosive, according to his family. Spc. Aaron Aamot, 22, was in the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment and was part of the 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division based in Fort Lewis. He had been serving in Afghanistan since mid-July on his first deployment in the war. Another soldier also was killed in the explosion from the improvised device buried in the road just northwest of Kandahar, said Aamot's brother, Matt Aamot. The U.S. Department of Defense has not yet released information about Aaron Aamot's death. 

Aamot's parents, Mark and Julie Aamot, were notified Thursday evening that their son was killed in action. Aaron Aamot grew up in Custer, the fifth of eight siblings. He joined the military shortly after graduating from high school. Matt Aamot, 33, believed his brother saw the military as a stepping stone into a career in law enforcement, which he hoped to pursue when he got out of service in the next year. Aamot had been home on leave from Oct. 11 to Oct. 25, and for that his family is thankful. "The best thing is we were able to see him a couple weeks ago," Matt Aamot said. "Everyone is taking it hard, but we're Christians, so it's a temporary interlude until we see him again. Our faith will help us out."

The family planned to go to Dover, Del., Friday night to bring their son's body back home. A memorial service is being planned for next week. "I'm pretty heartbroken, but I'm proud of his service," said Matt Aamot, who also served in the military. "We weren't in a combat zone, but I served in Bosnia in 1996. Aaron was trying to do same thing we were doing there: bring folks peace and freedom they'd never experienced. So that comforts me a little bit." The grief was still setting in for Matt Aamot, who found it hard to believe his little brother was gone. "I still think of him as a kid, even though he's 22," he said. "He was a real fun kid. He was great with his nephews and nieces, just easygoing. He was a nice brother. I'm honored to have been his brother."

The two shared interests in the military, as well as 4-H Club and FFA. Aaron raised pheasant and bobwhite quail and he had his own golden raspberry field on his parents' small farm. "4-H was a big part of his life. Raising and showing chickens at the fair was a big deal for him," he said. "He kind of took after me." Matt also remembered his brother's skill at baking, particularly blackberry pies. He enjoyed Civil War re-enactments, fighting on the Union side, of course. And he loved remote control anything - cars, tanks, trucks, the works. "I'll miss having my brother around," Matt said. "He was one of those rough-and-tumble, happy-go-lucky kids." Ferndale High School agriculture instructor and FFA advisor Mitch Davis was shocked and saddened to hear of Aamot's death Friday. "He was a good kid, a hard worker, a real trustworthy kid," said Davis, who taught Aamot in shop class. "He was willing to give a helping hand to anybody who needed it. He was one of those guys that if you said something, he'd go do it and he'd do a good job at it, so you wouldn't have to worry."

Aaron Aamot is also survived by brothers Daniel, Benjamin, Ethan, Dale and Joshua, as well as his sister, Nellie Huisman. Aamot is believed to be the first Whatcom County resident killed in action in Afghanistan. Cpl. Jonathan Santos, who died serving in 2004, is the only Whatcom County resident to have been killed during the war in Iraq. The 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division and its roughly 4,000 soldiers deployed from Fort Lewis in July - the first of the medium-weight, highly mobile infantry brigades to go to Afghanistan. Two other Stryker brigades from Fort Lewis are currently serving in Iraq.

The brigade has the job of trying to clear resurgent Taliban fighters from rural parts of southern Afghanistan. The unit has taken multiple casualties, mostly from buried improvised explosives. Including Aamot, it has lost a reported 27 soldiers. Eight soldiers from the brigade were killed on a single day last week - including seven men in one bombing of their 20-ton Stryker vehicle - which made Oct. 27 the deadliest day for Fort Lewis since the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 


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