Army Pfc. Aaron J. Ward
KIA May 06, 2008 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom
19, of San Jacinto, Calif.; assigned to the 170th Military Police
Company, 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police
Brigade, Fort Lewis, Wash.; KIA May 6 in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, of
wounds sustained when his unit came under small arms fire while
conducting cordon and search operations.Army Pfc. Aaron J. Ward remembered
Aaron J. Ward had just arrived in Iraq in March but had already made
an impression on his unit.
He always made the best of any situation, said Spc. Nicholas
Dechicko, a military policeman.
Ward, 19, of San Jacinto, Calif., was killed May 6 by small-arms fire
in Anbar province. He was assigned to Fort Lewis.
Aaron was a great kid, said his uncle, Gary Tolle. �He was kind to
everybody, and he was a very warm and loving soul.
Tolle said Ward looked up to several family members who served in the
military and wanted to carve a career for himself with the Army. �He
wanted to make a difference, Tolle said. �He respected the military
and he felt it an honor to serve.
Everyone who spoke of Ward mentioned the smile that was always on his
face and the joy that he brought to others around him. Ward was full
of energy, full of life and made you smile, said Army Capt. Chad Johnson.
He was a great soldier and an excellent friend, said Army Pfc. Eric
Giles, a military policeman who has served with Ward since basic training.
He is survived by his parents, Paul and Debra.
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