Army Spc. Aaron S. Aamot
Died November 5, 2009 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
He was 22, of Custer, Wash.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.; died Nov. 5 in Jelewar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.
Aaron Seth Aamot was born on April 12, 1987, in his grandmother’s house on the Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA. He was killed in action on November 5, 2009, in Afghanistan. Aaron was raised in Whatcom County on a small farm in Custer, WA. He was active in the Critters & Co. 4-H Club and the Ferndale FFA. The Whatcom Youth Fair and the Northwest Washington Fair were favorite events for Aaron. The attacks on September 11, 2001, gave Aaron the determination to serve his country in the armed forces. After graduating from Ferndale High School in 2006, he went to Basic Training in Fort Benning, Georgia. After being stationed at Fort Lewis, Aaron enjoyed his role driving a Stryker vehicle in the newly formed 5th Stryker Brigade. The 5-2 SBCT deployed in July 2009 to the area around Kandahar. Aaron was driving his Stryker on a patrol when it hit a buried explosive.
GOLD STAR MOM WORKS FOR ALL VETERANS:
Kent has three boys who all joined the army. Her son, Corporal Jonathon Santos, “went in on July 11, 2001 and then September 11th happened,” says Kent. Santos was hoping to earn his way through college with the GI bill. Exactly two months later everything changed. Three years later he was killed in a roadside explosion while serving in Iraq. Kent has dedicated her time to helping others like him. She honors his memory with every veteran she helps.