PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - One of the elite Navy Seals killed in a chopper in Afghanistan has ties to the Treasure Coast. Aaron Carson Vaughn, 30, was a husband a father of two and his family says he always wanted to be a Navy Seal.
Vaughn is a native of northwestern Tennessee but moved briefly to Stuart with his parents in the late 1990's. His family said that Vaughn played football during his senior year at Martin County High School. He moved back to Tennesee before graduating from Martin County High. After receiving his diploma in his home state, he completed two years of college before joining the Navy. Vaughn was one of 38 killed in a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan Saturday. 22 of them were elite Navy Seals.
On Sunday evening, Vaughn's family flew from Palm Beach County to Washington D.C. to be there when Vaughn's body returns to the United States. "I'm very proud of him. He was such a good boy, and he loved his country enough to put his life on the line," said Geneva Vaughn, his grandmother. "I talked to him on his birthday and he said granny... Don't worry about me. I'm not afraid because I know where I'm going. He was a Christian and he said when I get home in November I'm coming to your house to hunt," she said.
There is an outpouring of support online for Vaughn. A Facebook page has been set up in his memory. He leaves behind a wife of more than three years, Kimberly, as well as a two-year old son, Reagan and 2-month old daughter, Chamberlyn. Family said that Vaughn will be buried at Arlington National Cemetary.
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