#WarriorWednesday: Navy Hospitalman Aaron A. Kent #NeverForgotten

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Navy Hospitalman Aaron A. Kent
Sep. 19, 1976 to Apr. 23, 2005

Navy Hospitalman Aaron A. Kent  Photo credit Elizabeth Reed & Find A Grave

Navy Hospitalman Aaron A. Kent
Photo credit Elizabeth Reed & Find A Grave

Aaron Kent joined the Navy in 2002 as a way to learn and pursue a medical career. Following boot camp and hospital corpsman “A” school, he completed Field Medical Service School at Camp Lejeune in December. In January 2003, he was assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

As a Navy corpsman, Kent served as a battlefield emergency medical technician. The Marines he accompanied on patrol referred to him as “Doc.” He carried surgical tape and bandages, along with his M-16. Aaron died on April 23, 2005 from an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations near Fallujah, Iraq.

Kent’s mother, Lara Byrns, said that the poverty Kent saw in both countries distressed him, and he often went out of his way to treat village kids who had no access to health care. “He was very moral,” she said.

Comment left on Aaron Kent's Fallen Heroes  Project memorial page.

Comment left on Aaron Kent’s Fallen Heroes Project memorial page.

Burial: Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA

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The protagonist of my WID is a physical therapist who works with wounded vets. Through my research I’ve discovered patriots that leave me awe-filled, many of whom gave their life for their country. If I’ve learned only one thing, it is that these soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines don’t do what they do for notoriety, they love their job, their country and their brothers (and sisters) in arms. I encourage you to do a bit of research on these warriors, but keep in mind that initial media reports often contain unverified information and for security reasons many details of operations are never revealed.