Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Spc. Brian A. Vaughn

23, of Pell City, Alabama.
Vaughn died in Ramadi, Iraq, when his unit was conducting combat operations and was attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on June 21, 2005.

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"To the family and friends of Spc Brian Vaughn,He will live in our hearts forever. Prayers for peace and grace"
SFC,(R), RODGIE W PARKER of Raimund Heights

"Thanks for your service Brian. I ran in your honor today. God Bless!"
Elaine of Mobile AL

"Vaughn was a good person. We had fun at Fort Sam, and on the Riverwalk. His kind spirit resonated with me.
My daughter asked me tonight if I new anyone KIA, and I was able to tell his story."
Alia of Spokane, Wa

"Remembering a dear student who was also on my son's ball team when they were young. I stood up in church today when asked if there was someone you knew who gave his life while serving his country and I thought of Alex. I retired this year, but I had a photo of Alex under the flag in my room so students when they said the pledge could know what he gave so they could be here."
Brenda Simmons of Margaret, AL/ USA

"i still miss you DOC. love you. its hard still. they said it would get easier...it hasnt"
keimork buffaloe of phila. pa

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH

"June 21, 2009
To the family of Spc. Brian A. Vaughn:
Brian gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"To Terry and family-
I love you all dearly. Yall will always be in my prayers. Ryan and I talk quite often about the times in worship at Leeds. Ryan said that he was always a fireball for God. His worship was always a fragrant offering to the Lord. He was never ashamed to worship God. He encouraged others even in his time of need. He was a great friend to me along with all the other youth at Leeds Assembly. May you all feel Gods comforting arms around you through the years to come. Psalms 91"
Bethany of Leeds, AL USA

"God bless you Brian and keep next to him so that I may get to meet you in heaven some day. I know that Nick Idalski spoke so highly of you and loved you like his family.
To Brinas family, God bless you all."
Kaytee (nick Idalski's step sister) of Mansfeild tx

"I still think about Alex everyday. I have photos of him on my walls and on my myspace page. I miss Alex so much. I am in therapy and trying to deal with the loss of him. I love Alex so much and I will never stop loving him. I am trying to live a good life to ensure that I will get to heaven to be with Alex again one day. He is the light in my dark path, the only way I can see "out" at times. Alex was such an inspiration to me and I know that he loved me as much as I loved him. I am so blessed to know that I had someone as wonderful as Alex to love me. My heart breaks for his voice, his words, his touch everyday. I live day after day with a empty heart and that huge lump in my throat. I miss him so deeply. Alex, I love you!"
Stephanie (McGuire) Eaves of Jacksonville, AL

"I lack the words to express my appreciation for Alex's service and sacrifice. You have sacrificed more than I can ever comprehend. My family cannot thank you enough for all that you and your son has done. Please understand that there are many in the nation like us who will mourn your son, not as you do, but with the understanding that your son's life cannot be replaced but can only be honored. And Alex's life will be honored and remembered as one of America's true heroes.

Please know that our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

May God's enduring love surround his family and friends.
Your servants in Christ,"
Sgt. & Mrs. Ronald K. Lockwood (USA Ret.) of Temple, TX USA

"To the family of SPC Brian Vaughn,

I was the Battalion Surgeon (physician) deployed with SPC Vaughn's unit, the 1-9 Infantry, during the tour in Ramadi, Iraq. Vaughn was one of our standout medics, both professionally and personally. His jovial and kind soul was evident, and he was a shining light for those around him -- always brightening up even the most otherwise mundane or gloomy situation with his antics and humor. I still think about him frequently, miss him and am so very sorry that his life was cut short so unfairly. Almost 2 years has passed and I wanted you to know that he (along with CPL Stephen McGowan and CPT Sean Grimes, two other medic brothers we lost during out tour) are still deeply and painfully missed.

Sincerely Yours,

MAJ Raj Butani
Tripler Army Medical Center, HI"
Raj Butani of Honolulu, HI

"Doc Vaughn was a great soldier, medic, and person. I was a fellow Manchu with him in Korea and Iraq. He was one of the medics that everybody wanted on patrol because he was that good. He will never be forgotten"
SSG McMillen of ft drum

"For Memorial Day, flags were displayed in our community in honor of all the service personnel who had given their lives since the war began. It was very moving and a wonderful tribute. Each flag had the name and location of the fallen hero attached to a yellow ribbon. After the flags were removed, my father obtained one of the flags for me and it was Brian's. I can't tell you how much having it means to me and seeing that flag wave reminds me how much was given by others for me.

I will treasure the flag and want to say thank you to all those who serve. All are truly heroes.

To the Vaughn family, I'm sure you're proud of Brian and I know your pain is great. God is the greatest comforter. I pray that you feel His love and comfort."
Lisa Anderson of Lynchburg, VA

"hey family of doc Vaughn. its been about a year now since we have redeployed to the states. i'm now in alska. far from the dust and sand, but on nice days i still break down an cry cause i miss my mans. doc vaughn was an angel on earth. the day he left us me and chaplain prayed with him. that night we got the bad news. i couldnt believe it when doc butani told me. i flat out refused. but the news was true. then the boss and i had to deliver the bad news to the rest of the medics. i dont know why i am writing this, its been soo long, i guess i still miss him. i wont let him be forgoten i promise."
keimork buffaloe (rahshon_buffaloe@yahoo.com) of anorage alaska

"Just the other day someone said to me what a shame it is that so many young people are dying without having had the chance to live their life. I can only hope to live as much of life as Alex did. He really lived every moment he was alive. This memorial day is to remember him and all the other soldiers who didn't come home. I find myuself driving sometimes and a song will come on the radio and all I can do is smile, because I can still see his face. He was one of the worlds truly great people, and he will always be very deeply missed."
Casey of Ft. Lauderdale, Fl

"Out of all the people that i've met along my journey of life, You are my hero, my bestfriend, and you will always hold my heart in your hand, You were always there to shine your smiling light on me, to lift me when I was down,
to dry my tears with your laughter, your smiles that were worth all the while.my hero my friend happy birthday
bubble toes
"its time that has taken our tommorrows and turned them into yesterday, they say if you love somebody that youve got to set them free"-ben harper"
Ashley Robertson of Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

"I am also a 23-year-old Army Specialist Vaughn heading to Iraq quite soon. I'll take up the rifle for you, brother."
SPC Edward Vaughn of Fort Lewis, WA

"Dear Family, I met you when you came out here. when they had the big memorial for all the fallen soldiers in Iraq. I just happened to think of him and see if these were still here. It made me smile. When I think back to Iraq I think of all my friends I lost.Brian was one. He was such a great kid and so many people will remmeber him. I have a picture of him holding a bird on his finger. I will never forget that smile. It will always be in my memory. My God watch over you and keep the rest of you safe in his arms."
Spc Graves, Jessica of COlorado Springs, CO

"since the fight through basic. i ran w/ this wrinkled uniform having, always smiling, never letting a soldier push by himself, all heart, forever strenth and merciless determination soldier.i'm going to miss you brother. Tears will fall ALL LOVE, JUICE"
SPC Torsten Jusiewicz of Ft. Wainwright, AK

"Mrs. Terry and Adam,
You man not remember me but my name is Victoria Bendyna and I went to the Assembly of God in Leeds with you all. Alex was my very first boyfriend and we dated for over three months. I just recently found out about is passing when I was trying to get in touch with him. It pains me dearly that he is gone. He was the most remarkable human being I have ever known. I have never stopped thinking about Alex and I probably never will. He made such an impact on my life. I have nothing but the fondest of memories of him. He was by far the sweetest and funniest guy I have ever known. Terry, you raised the best man in the whole world! Everyone who knew him loved him. I know I do! I pray you all are doing well. May God bless you both and keep you safe."
Victoria (Bendyna) Christmas of Destin, FL

"I remember the day Alex told me he enlisted. It breaks my heart to remember his friendship and know I will never be able to talk to him again. I can only imagine what his family has gone through, and I wish them nothing but peace. I thank God that Ashley introduced us, because my life is better for it. It has been months since I found out about his death and still it is shocking to know that he is not here. Thank you Alex for your friendship and understanding. It will be impossible for me to ever forget you. The only regret I have, which I'm sure I share with many others, is that I did not get to talk with you once more."
Nicole Carroll of Tuscaloosa, AL

"MY HEART IS WITH YOU GUYS EVERYDAY. THERE IS NOT A SECOND THAT GOES BY WHERE ALEX ISNT ON MY MIND. IF THERE IS ANYTHING YOU GUYS NEED PLEASE LET ME KNOW. HE WILL ALWAYS BE MY HERO. I LOVE YOU GUYS. WITH THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. BUBBLES."
ASHLEY ROBERTSON of TUSCALOOSA

": To the family of:Brain A. Vaughn I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom.I thank God for people like Brian. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"Dear Terry,

I have to wonder how much time Alex has with God on a daily basis - He has to be a busy young man always watching down to see what his Mother is doing to keep his memory alive. Could he have known that night as he took the time to write such a personal,loving letter to everyone he cared about - that one day it would move the hearts of any and everyone who read it, not only in Alabama but across this entire country.

As I go about my daily chores I am as guilty as anyone of forgetting the sacrifices that are made each day and each minute by the family and friends of soldiers that are serving this country and giving me the freedom to do what I am doing right now by being able to express my encouragement for you and hope that in time -the pain in your heart will ease.

Your always in my thoughts and prayers.

God Bless,"
Darlene Warren of Trussville, Alabama

"I wish to send my condolences on your loss. May his service to keep America safe never be forgotten! God Bless-"
S. Wilhelm of Mt.

"I just read the personal page about your son on a site from Billings, Mt. Your son is one to be admired,not only
for the service he gave for our freedom, but in the loving and such caring way he LOVED each of you. How touching the words from his journal are!
May God Bless Each of his family and friends May you find comfort in the many WONDERFUL MEMORIES from such a SPECIAL PERSON who touched each of your lives! Prayers and God Bless..."
D. Anderson of Montana

"Alex you are officially a hero now, but you have always been a hero to me. You helped me through the toughest times in my life and made me laugh when it seemed impossible. There will never be another soul like you. I still look to you for your brotherly advice and imagine what you would tell me. I can still hear you say "where there is no fun- I make fun." But, brother, I can say that as much pain that your death has brought me, it cannot compare to the happines and laughter that your life brought me."
ashley rosser woods of woodstock alabama

"To the family of Brian,
I served with Brian in Iraq and was wounded the same time when he was killed, it's was hard for me when I was informed of his death. I am truely sorry for your loss, he was a fine medic and will be remembered by me always."
SGT Field of Colorado Springs, CO

"Condolences and prayers from the King family of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Alex was my son's friend in Korea and Ramadi. May God comfort you."
Johnny King of Calgary, Canada

"To Brian's Family, I am sitting here in tears reading the letters from those who knew Brian, what a fine young man you rasied. Brian is a true American Hero who will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless all of you, and know that Brian is safe with God now."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"I wish to express my sorrow for your loss. I thank this brave young American for his courage and service. May God bless and comfort his family during these darkest days. I lost my son on June 6th, (Jonathan Smith)."
Garry Smith of Eva, AL.

"My deepest sympathy goes to the family of Alex Vaughn. As devastating as the news was to me I can only imagine how completely heartbreaking it is for you, When I met Alex he was bringing his Bible to school everyday. When I dated him I found out what a great person he really was. I havent seen him since I moved from AL but I have wonderful memories of him as anyone does who knew him.I hope you can find peace knowing that his life was meaningful. Alex had a way of touching every life he entered. He will be greatly missed."
Casey of Ft. Lauderdale, FL

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn,

I knew Alex for a long time we had been together since Basic Training. Actually if you check out his yearbook and flip around until you get to the combatives page you'll see he and I fighting. He was a good friend of mine and I'll miss him very much. He was a good soldier."
SPC Alex Champagne of Ft. Wainwright, AK

"To the Vaughn Family,
Alex and I had been together since Basic Training. He was in a different platoon, but we were friends. Throughout AIT we continued our friendship and had a lot of great times together. He even came home to Dallas with me for the weekend to check out a Cowboys Game. We were assigned to different units, but ran into each other again in Korea during a training deployment. I have spoken to him on and off throughout his time in Iraq via e-mail. Last night I picked up the Army Times and I saw his name. He was my friend and I miss him. My condolences to you all. Alex will be missed."
Eric Ingram of Baghdad, Iraq

"Alex and I spent Senior skip day together in September of 99'. He was a great friend he will be missed deeply. I never saw him again after he graduated, but I always remembered him. I send my condolences to his family."
B.J. Brasher of Panama City, FL

"Alex,
I count myself blessed to have known you. Even though we lost contact over the last few years, the number of memories I have of you are amazing. Even more amazing is the fact that they are all good memories..infact, I don't know anyone with bad memories of you.
You were born to be a hero, and if death had to claim you, a hero's death is the only one fitting. You are my hero, and my superman.

Terry and Adam,
My heart aches for your loss. I knew Alex only as a friend, and my heart is breaking. I can only imagine your pain and grief.
Take comfort knowing that you are not alone, and that Alex died doing what he loved to do..helping others.
My thoughts and my prayers are with you always..may God hold you in His arms during the months and years ahead, and may you rest assured that Alex is waiting for you in heaven."
A friend from Leeds Assembly of Birmingham, AL

"To the Vaughn Family,

My deepest condolences on the loss of your son, Alex. My son, Cpl. Stephen McGowan, was the medic with that unit before his death March 4, 2005. The loss of these beautiful young men is devastating and overwhelming. But as I have grieved for the loss of my only son, I have come to believe that he is now able to do more good for more people as his spirit watches over us and his beloved men, the Scouts.

My priest said, "God did not take Stephen, Bobbie. A bomb took Stephen. Evil in this world took Stephen. God caught him as he fell." He also said not to try to figure out the "why." There will be no answer. He said it was now my job to try to take Stephen's light, his goodness, out into the world for him. Every day since, I have tried to be as courageous as Steve, to do my duty like he did his, and to take his light and goodness with me. Some days I make it; some days I do not. But, every day, I try.

If I can be of any help or comfort, your officer assigned to help you can contact mine for phone numbers and E-mail.

You are in my prayers,
Bobbie McGowan"
Bobbie of Newark, DE

"Terry and Family,

May you all know that GOD is too wise to make a mistake. Alex will never be forgotton because he will always be in our hearts. All of you have my deepest sympathy. I truly feel that a part of me was loss also. Please do not question GOD and PLEASE continue to praise HIM. Just remember all the beautiful times you shared with Alex
and thank GOD for allowing you to have and remember those good and bad times. If there is anything I can do, besides keep you all in prayer, then please let me know."
Muriel Prewitt of Tuscaloosa, Alabama

"Alex and I have been bestfriends since the day we meet, 10 years ago. Unfortunatly when his mom and step-dad devorced Alex moved to Pell City and shortly there after I moved to Athens, AL. We lost contact. I did not even know that he went into the Army. So the news came as an even worse "slap in the face" to me. Thank the good Lord that I do have a few pictures of our times together and will now protect them with my life. Alex was such a kind and caring young man. In school, he never cared if you were the popular kid or among the "lonely-not-so-popular group" he would befreind anyone and was sincere about it. In 8th grade Coach Hill, our Health teacher, even gave him the nick-name "Preacher". During those years of H.S. Alex was the top leader of "Saints for Christ" and you rarely caught him without his Bible. He was like a student counselor per-say. Alex was always there for you, no matter who you were. He was an excellent baseball player, football player, person and friend. I am forever awaiting my arrival into Heaven so that I can see Alex again. I miss him more than I can express and always will. ALEX IS MY HERO!!!!!!!!!!!"
Stepfanie McGuire of Odenville (Athens), AL

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Brian will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"I wish there were words to express how sorry we are and how much our heart is breaking over the loss of Brian ("Alex"). "Alex" graduated from SCCHS with our son Jonathan in 2000. Throughout school they were extremely close, and even remained close throughout the years after graduation. They were happy to find out they were stationed in Korea together. They later were deployed from Korea to Iraq together. Jon told me over the phone Thursday morning how thrilled he was to have been able to eat dinner and spend time with "Alex" earlier this week. Alex was a medic and told Jon he was looking at re-enlisting and becoming an X-ray technician. They were going to be leaving Iraq, coming home, within 30-45 days. Jon is going to be devastated to learn of the loss of his good friend. "Alex" was a very caring, kind young man always ready to help. When our middle son passed away in 1998 "Alex" was there, the rock, supporting our younger son Jon, and a big help to us. We loved "Alex" like one of our own. "Alex" will be greatly missed by all that knew him. Our sincere sympathy goes out to Alex's family and friends. Alex will forever be in our hearts and memories."
Daniel & Carolyn Bowen of Ashville, Alabama/USA

"Thank you Brian Vaughn, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Spc. Brian Vaughn:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Brian for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Spc. Brian Vaughn:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Brian, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on