Aaron J Ward

Aaron J Ward

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U.S. Army
AL ASAD, IRAQ 05/06/2008

Army Private First Class (PFC) Aaron J. Ward of San Jacinto, California, died at age 19 on May 6, 2008, in Al Anbar, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his unit came under small arms fire while conducting cordon and search operations. He served with the Military Police and deployed to Iraq in February 2008.

Aaron was born on April 28, 1989 in Portland, Oregon, to Paul and Debra Ward. He attended two high schools in San Jacinto, California: San Jacinto High School and Mountain View High School.

When Aaron enlisted in the Army in April 2007, he joined ranks with several family members who served in the military. At least four generations served in the armed forces during three different wars, including his sister Samantha (Navy), two uncles (Navy; Gulf War), his grandfather (Army; Vietnam), and his great-grandfather (Army; World War II).

Aaron planned to ask his girlfriend, Kati Jakubac, to marry him. After his deployment to Iraq, the pair stayed in touch via text message and phone calls.

Aaron was remembered by his fellow Service members at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, where the Army held a memorial service on May 16, 2008. Aaron was given military honors during the memorial service: a last roll call, a 21-gun salute, and a bugle rendition of taps. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the service members filed by a memorial to Ward, which consisted of a rifle with a bayonet, a pair of boots, a helmet with Ward stenciled on the headband, and a set of dog tags with Ward’s name. As the service members filed by, some saluted, some kneeled and held the dog tags, and some touched the helmet. His military police comrades remember him as someone who was positive, energetic, full of life, and made them smile.

Aaron was buried at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California.

Aaron’s portrait is also located on Poster 5


3 Responses to “Aaron J Ward”
  1. Gary Tolle says:

    This is his Uncle Gary and I just wanted to wish Aaron happy birthday, today he would have turn 27 yrs old. Its amazing to think its been 8 years already since you left us. You are always on our mind and we love and miss you very much.

  2. Chris rose says:

    My name is Chris Rose, formerly known as specialist Rose as I was when I served with private Ward. It’s amazing to think that this was nine years ago. Time goes by so fast but memories like this will never fade. I still think of private word often and my emotions are still tender. I as all the other MPs in our platoon met up with him while I was already in Iraq. I worked out with him and got to spend time with him and got to know him. He had a big smile and a positive attitude. He loved life and uplifted those around him. In the short time I knew him I loved him as a brother in arms. This brotherhood is unique in its bond and is not easily broken. I was there the day his life was taken. Our family that we called a platoon came together and morned together. His life and his memory will never fade from us. Hopefully others will find this memorial page and leave their memory. I have lost contact with all of them, Perhaps Aaron will bring us back together. I love you and miss you Aaron And to his family I say thank you for bringing him into this world and blessing us with the gift that he was and is.

    Chris rose

  3. Seifert (PTT23, Hit Iraq) says:

    God bless PFC Ward and his family.

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