PELL CITY, AL, USA U.S. Army SPC, HHC, 1ST BATTALION, 9TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, (2MEF), FORT CARSON, CO RAMADI, IRAQ 06/21/2005
Specialist Brian A. Vaughn of Pell City, Alabama graduated from St. Clair County High School in Pell City in 2000 and joined the Army in April 2003 and was shipped to Korea. After eight months, his 2nd Infantry Division unit was deployed to Iraq.
Alex received his first aid certifications at 10 years old and since then he was ready to save lives. Anytime the family saw a wreck, he would ask to stop the car, proclaiming, “I’m trained. I have a card.”
Alex knew no fear. So it was no surprise that he served as a Combat Medic in the Army. “Those are the ones you see on TV,” his mother Terry Savage said. “They can’t shoot back because they’re running around taking care of everyone else.”
The Bessemer native died taking care of others.
Savage said Vaughn had not been home in almost two years. She encouraged him to take leave, but Vaughn chose to continue working.
“He said, ‘I can’t leave my guys because if something happens to them I have to be there to take care of them,”‘ Savage said. “He felt like they were his responsibility.”
He was 23 years old when he was killed June 21, 2005 when his unit was conducting combat operations and was attacked by enemy forces using small-arms fire in Ramadi, Iraq.