STUART — The parents of Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class Aaron C. Vaughn announced Wednesday they will have a celebration of life service on Sunday at Martin County High School, a Navy official confirmed.
Vaughn was one of 30 Americans who died Aug. 6 in Wardak province, Afghanistan when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed when Taliban forces shot it down. According to Pentagon officials, those killed included 17 members of the elite Navy SEALs.
Navy public affairs officer Lt. Leslie Hubbell of the Naval Special Warfare, said the event will begin at 7 p.m. at the high school's auditorium and is expected to last about 90 minutes.
"There has already been an outpouring of support by the local community to the Vaughn family," wrote Hubbell in an email, "and for that, words cannot sufficiently express the gratitude they feel, and want to thank everyone for being so gracious and caring."
Vaughn's parents, Billy and Karen Vaughn of Stuart, on Saturday were in northwestern Tennessee to join family members in Troy for a memorial service at the Obion County Central High School gymnasium to honor the married father of two children.
In addition to his parents, Vaughn leaves behind his wife Kimberly; a son, Reagan, 2; and a daughter, Chamberlyn, 2 months. He was based in Virginia Beach, Va.
Hubbell said anyone wishing to donate directly to benefit Aaron Vaughn's family may send a check or money order to the Navy Federal Credit Union, care of "The Children of Aaron Vaughn Fund," P.O. Box 3100, Merrifield, VA 22119-3100. Hubbell said all correspondence should include the name of the fund, and access No. 6087605 on the check.