Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army CWO Aaron A. Weaver

32, of Florida.
Weaver was onboard a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter when it crashed near Fallujah, Iraq while on a MEDEVAC mission. He was assigned to C Troop, 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on January 8, 2004.

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"R.I.P CWO AARON WEAVER!!!!
Thank You for your sacrifice!!!"
Laura Tieffel of Watson, Illinois

"Thank you, Aaron. We don't forget. It is Sunday 25 May 2014 and we will celebrate Memorial Day tomorrow. Thanks to you for your bravery."
Ringlein family of Pisgah Forest,NC,USA

"Aaron,

Met your brother a year or two ago. I do not sleep much these days. I think about how much you gave, and pray often for your family. Hope your children are as honorable as you were, Air Cav. See you on high. God bless your family."
Crazy horse 24 of Not

"Hey Buddy,
It’s late at night and I can’t sleep. Moments like these I think about my dear friends and family members that have been taken from this world. So many people love you. You have made a positive impact on the lives, dreams, and hearts of so many. Our mortal existence is but a short time on this earth. Then we all must go the way of the world, which is at the footstool of our Heavenly Father. Some of us are taken too soon. But God is all knowing. He has a greater task for you my friend.
May the Lord continue to bless you and your family.
Until we meet again…"
Jesse R. of Yuma, AZ

"Just thinking about you today! Often when I spend family time with Nancy and Savannah! As much as I love to watch her play soccer it breaks my heart you aren't there to push her along! How she would love that! Just to let you know you can hear Nancy yelling a mile away! Lol You would be so proud of Austin and Nancy! I miss you and all of us as a family!"
Shannon (little sister) of Fl

"You fuel me, guide me and inspire me ever day. I hope I am making you proud, and I am sorry for where I may fall short. You set the example of right, and I'm trying my best to come as close to right as I can get. I wake up every day thinking about you. Be safe!"
Ryan of Nashville, TN

"Aaron I knew you and loved you I followed in u and Eric's foot steps. US ARMY MP in 351st MP co yur daughter is getting big she plays soccer with my nephew Eric I love you Bro"
pfc Cabret of ocala fl

"Aaron,
You are a hero and an example of all that is good and noble in this life. May your family always find blessings and peace knowing that you lived in your short life more than most people lived in three lifetimes. Rangers Lead the Way."
P. of Lakeland,Fl.

"I went to CFCC with Aaron. I think of him often and he is one of the many my daughters and I discuss and remember on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. He was a wonderful friend and I am honored to have known him though it was for such a short time."
Liz Mogg of Oxford, FL

"Veterans Day...Thank you Aaron"
Kim of Stow, Ohio

"I haven't checked on here since the last time I left my message back in 2005. It is unbelievable how inspirational this soldier was reading all the comments left by his fellow soldiers that knew him. I still have not forgotten CWO Weaver or the sacrifice he has made, every time I think I have it hard I just look at the bracelet that has been on my right wrist for the past 6 years think of what he has done and drive on. This bracelet has been threw a years tour in Iraq and I'm currently on another tour in Afghanistan with it on. It has only once left my wrist for a matter of seconds and will continue to be worn as long as this war goes on."
SSG Thomas Johnsen of Ft Indiantown Gap, PA

"7 years ago today you grew your wings.. Shannon and I were talking about how you were the only one who could always bring all the family together. Those times were the best! I Love and miss you always."
Bridgit of Tampa Fl

"Dear Aaron,
I barely met you and Nancy, but I was so impressed with the person that I met. I am the mother of your roommate, Shawn, (at Warrent training in Alabama). you made such an impression on my son, he always seemed to thrive to become your equal, as well as your roommate and friend. My heart broke when I heard of your passing, and the anger that I felt was unbelievable. I cried for days. I felt the ironey and pain of your beautiful wife and new daughter. I still become overwhelmed with the grief, and fear for my own son. I pray for Nancy and Savanah, and feel honored to have met you. I will never let anyone forget your sacrifice."
Pamela Longwell- Kindle of Monroe, WA. USA

"Thank you to the family for all your sacrifices. No words will ever replace your loved one but know that he helped preserve our life of freedom. I know this and have lived this first hand. Long live America!"
B.R. Exum of Brooksville, FL

"I didn't personally know anyone who was killed fighting to defend our country. But I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry at times. 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 grieving families and friends 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
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3
A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott Edward Steiner (6/10/10) of Worthington, OH USA

"Mrs. Nancy,
I prayed for you, Savannah, and the Weaver boys this week in great depth.
I sent you an email. I'll wait for your reply, unless it did not go through or it went to the wrong address. If so, please let me know."
Billy of Lawtey, FL

"Bill, here is my email address, nancycweaver@hotmail.com, please send me your email address. I would love to tell you all about Aaron =)"
Nancy Weaver of Inverness, FL

"Mrs Weaver,
I had the honor of serving with Aaron during and only through RANGER school. He was a great guy and superb Soldier. He took me to Batt to meet some of his guys. I was from the 25th, Aco 1/27 Wolfhounds and he took me in as if I were from Batt, but I'm sure that is how he always was. In the Ranger graduation picture, I am to the left of Aaron under the "R". I served from 1989-1993 and then got out for College. I came back in the military in 01 before 9-11. I served as an E-5 overseas. I was called by God while down range and became a Chaplain. I met Chaplain Struker while attending CHOBC and he attended C4. I never approched him because everybody seemed to want to speak to him. This was after Aaron had passed away. One day while I was walking down the stairs at Ft. Jackson, SC, I asked CH Strucker if he knew Aaron, he paused, grinned as if he were remembering Aaron and all their past, and said yeh, I knew him well, I said me too, and kept walking.
There is a Rodriguez in my Unit now. He just tranferred. He was in Strucker's squad and Aarons team. We spoke about Aaron just this Thursday.
I have often thought about Aaron, you, and his family. I have prayed for you often. I thank you for the time I spent with him.
I am a Chaplain now and gearing up to go over again. I will hold Aarons memory with me as I travel to speak to and check on my guys.
I pray Jehovah Shalom gives you the peace you need everyday."
Billy of Lawtey, FL

"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." — Joseph Campbell"
Nancy Weaver of Inverness, FL

"I did not know CWO Weaver. Who I knew was simply Aaron. I was one of his nurses at Womack Army Medical Center on Ft Bragg during his battle with cancer. We spoke often in the middle of the night about his family. He loved Nancy dearly. He kept an ultrasound picture of his unborn baby girl tapped to the wall. He would talk aboutr his life growing up. He spoke of his fears of cancer, not dying, but rather not living for Nancy and the baby. Nancy we met a few times, but the last time I saw you was at blockbuster in line in front of me renting movies to take up to the hospital. take care in knowing you were the love of that man's life."
Kate Richards-Hughes, RN staff nurse 2N of Ft Bragg, NC

"AAron you are always in my thoughts, visited with Granny over the holidays we all miss you very much. Even though you can not be with us physically you are always among us. love you cuz!"
Kimberly Weaver Adams of Tallahassee, Fl

"First, Nancy and family - I have kept you in my thoughts over the years. I hope that you're doing alright. In 2005, I recieved a bracelet with Aaron's name on it. I wore it every single day. I was in a car accident last week, the paramedics removed it, and it's been gone ever since. My heart is broken; it meant to much to carry this little memorial of Aaron around. If anyone knows where I can find his bracelet, or knows line by line exactly so that I may get a new one, please email me at Pumkn@aol.com. Thank you all, May God continue to watch over the Weaver family."
CDT Laura Huffman of Hollis, NH

"Aaron,
I think of you often, I think you know that as well! When I speak of you, and I often do! It's of the honorable, loyal man you were and still would be today! The fight continues in Iraq I am so sorry to say and I know your men are fighting hard! Rest in Peace baby!"
Kristen of Pinellas Park, FL

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,800 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
This is a gift! We have some wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and only want you know that we care.
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna"
Project Compassion of Manti, Utah USA

"I learned the story of CW2 Aaron Weaver from his brother, one of my instructors at Warrant Officer Candidate School. This story is inspirational, as evidenced by the many who became soldiers in part because of his actions in Somalia. But the family's story is an inspiration, as well. These stories become part of our military history; they guide us and make us strive to be better than we are. The bracelets we wear become part of our lives and ensure we never forget the sacrifices.

Of all the fallen from OIF, I'm truly amazed and happy that I don't know a single one despite more than 20 years of service. I'll wear this bracelet with honor and remember this story."
Dave Freeman of Sierra Vista AZ (USAR)

"I will always remember Arron for the true professional he was and for all that he went through I will always have you in my heart and when I think I can't do something, your memorie will give me strength. I'll see ya on the other side."
CW4 Richard H. Finlan Jr. of Ft. Rucker, Al

"Aaron,
You are thought of everytime I go out to play soccer and you are missed!! I too wear my bracelet in memory of a great soldier and friend. Hero is a word thrown around so easy anymore, but you are the BEST example of a TRUE HERO that I have ever known. Love ya bro....."
Terrance Rowe of Gilbert, AZ

"Thinking of your sacrifice for us, thank you Aaron."
Marie Litchfield of Beaufort, SC

"My husband Daniel Kelley flew with Aaron when he was stationed with the 82nd at Ft.Bragg, NC. He thinks of him often. I met him once when I visited, it was but a brief moment in time. I've seen my husband cry so seldom but he did so the day he found out about Aaron. Our thoughts are always with his family and others who's lives were touched by CWO Aaron Weaver."
Christine Kelley of Wiesbaden, Germany

"Aaron, Today is our little girl's birthday. She's 7. I can't believe its been 6 years since she last saw your smiling face. I promise I'll never let her forget you!! You'll always be number one in her book :)) We love you........"
Nancy Weaver of Inverness, FL

"my mom and your neighbor bette tittle sadly misses aaron and his mom send e-mail to saltflats311@yahoo"
marc hawley of ogden ut

"Some don't understand honor.
Some can't.
Others won't.

For those of us that do, it shines within us like a torch, and despite the darkness that may surround us in our lives, we can always look for that torch to guide us. No man can carry this torch alone, and it is with the help of men like Aaron we are able to bear this burden as a team to light the way for ourselves and others.

To sacrifice.
To endure.
For our brothers.
For our country.

God bless you brother for being a good man. I am honored to have known you, and when I think of the few good men of thousands I have met and known in my life, you are among that select group.

My condolences to your family."
Danny

"Thinking about you buddy. May the Lord watch over your family.Till we meet again..."
Jesse Ramirez of Mannheim, Germany

"I met Aaron in Ranger School. I just wanted to share my condolences with Aaron's family.
I remember in the later stages of the school, when we were half starved, a couple of us were commenting on how great the oatmeal bars were in our MRE's. I mentioned that when I got out of the school I was going to buy a pack of them because they tasted so good. Aaron looked at me like I was crazy and simply said "No you won't".
Ha!, he was right.

Andy Rose
Ranger School Class 1-92"
Andy Rose of Gunnison, CO.

"Aaron and I first met in Ft Benning Ga in PLDC. I remember him being one of the brightest and fittest soldier's in the class. We ended up becoming pretty good buds and got to spend the summer hanging out. He was the kind of person that could accomplish anything in life and if he chose to stay in as a NCO he would have been one helluva Command Sergeant Major. Whenever things get tough and I lose a soldier I think of Aaron and his toughness. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I know you are up there scanning the horizon in your OH-58 for me and the boys here on the ground.
I miss you Aaron.
Ranger Kane
RLTW!"
1SG Kane of Maiwand, Afghanistan

"January 4, 2009
To the family of CWO Aaron A. Weaver:
Aaron 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

"I am honored and proud to be able to say that I knew Aaron..we were school mates back home in Florida. He was tough as nails then and always ready to lend a helping hand. I think of him often and hope no one forgets what he and others like him have so willfully done for all of us. I can now say I am the proud parent of a US Marine and pray that he will be as brave in his service to our country and our people."
Mary L. (Hooker) Larrimore of Cope, SC/USA

"Like any other day, I think of you and your family and how I am honored to have known you for the time that I did. On the 7th anniversary of September 11, it is still emotional and thoughts of you surface more than ever knowing that you were out there with such dedication to help this country. Thank you again Aaron. You will forever be remembered. My best to your wife, son, daughter and all of your family."
Kim in Ohio

"SPC Lucas,
Thank you for your kind words and for wearing the bracelet of my husband, Aaron. He was an outstanding soldier, husband, father, and friend. I'm glad to know he is still touching lives after his death. Best wishes to you and your career in the military."
Nancy Weaver, Aaron's widow of Inverness, FL

"TO Aaron's Wife.
I feel for you and your loss. I cant say i understand what you will go through the rest of your life but i do want you to know that i will never forget. I knew 2 people that died in OIF 1 and i ordered a KIA bracelet from ranger joes. I did not get the ones i wanted. in there stead i got your husbands. From the time i got it i have not or will not take it off. Everyday its a reminder that i will not be a hero that Aaron is. So to that i am sorry for you loss."
SPC Lucas of Ft. Stewart GA

"Aaron,
I think about you every day, and not a moment goes by where I don't sit wishing you were here. Yesterday would have been your 37th birthday, and I called Mom to tell her I love her like I do as much as I can- though always on your birthday, Memorial Day and the day you died. So many things have happened in my life since you lost yours, and I know I am but half the man you were, but I hope I make you proud. My dreams are coming true, and I am working so hard to be something you would admire. I know you've been there everytime I've said your name on stage... I know you have been there when so many people have given me a chance when they could have passed me by. I know you see what is happening, and no matter what happens, I really hope you know how much I love you and miss you in my life. You drive me to be something I would have never become. I just wish it didn't take losing you to do it. To everyone who has written their comments on this page about Aaron, thank you so much for your thoughts and kind words. If anyone would like to contact me for any reason about Aaron, please feel free at info@weavercountry.com I love you and miss you Aaron! Be safe!"
Ryan Weaver "Little Weave" of Daleville, AL

"Aaron,
My brother, I felt compelled to again write a few words. Its that time of the year that brings back so many memories of my fallen friends none some much as you. Though I think of you often, the pictures in my mind of us in the Mog as well as columbus are magnified around this time of the year. I will be at home this weekend, in my office (i kinda turned it into a this is what i did room) and will stare at the ranger scroll you gave me and hold Ruiz's dog tags in my hand and try to remember as much as I can about our times together. I miss you Aaron."
Milan S of San Antonio Texas

"Words can't say enough how much I think of you Aaron. It has been over three years when I received the email from Nancy. I remember it like it was yesterday and it hurts everytime I think about it. I can still remember the great times in Mog playing volleyball, and not forgetting good old Ft Bennining. I did contact Nancy to offer my help and also called your dad, I was planning to come down to Florida but didn't want to get in the way of family. I can remember your last email to me about coming to San Antonio and sipping a margarita on the riverwalk. Aaron, I miss you brother and may god bless your beautiful family. milan.skala@us.army.mil"
Milan S of San Antonio Texas

"Today is March 11, 2008, My neice is stationed in Fort Rucker, Ala. She told me about Aaron and how brave he was. She knows Ryan, and thinks the world of him. She will be training on Black Hawks sometime in April. I just went into MSNBC and looked at the story that they did for Aaron. I hope his wife, daughter and the rest of his family know his bravery will never be forgotten. He truly was a hero in every sense of the word. I will be sharing the clip with all my family and friends. He was the best."
Francesca Piccirilli of Boston, MA

"Aaron,

I am reading all of these entries and it brings back so many memories of you & Nan. I really hope you are watching and seeing how wonderful your daughter & Austin are doing. I hope you know how much they & all of your friends & family truly miss you."
Shelly

"Aaron,

Today is Jan 20th 2008. I've been wanting to write on here for the past few years but I didn't know what to say. The last time we talked was when Ron was captured. I think about you often. I had a dream about you a few months ago. I know you are happy where you are. I remember the times we shared in our townhouse in Enterprise Alabama. I remember you could eat almost a whole box of cereal in one sitting. hahaha. Hey you know what? Although I may not have showed it when we ( You, Me, Shawn) roomed together, I really looked up to you. You have inspired me in so many ways. When I found out you had passed I frantically searched for the wedding pictures I took in the courthouse in Alabama. My eyes filled with tears as I sat on the floor of my apartment with papers and pictures strewn about the floor. I could not find them. I miss you buddy."
Jesse Ramirez jjramirez1125@yahoo.com of Yuma AZ

""Remembering you Aaron and thinking of you and your family today. Thank you again for your dedication to our country and for being the wonderful person you were.""
Kim of Stow, Ohio

"Tomorrow will be New Year's Eve 2007--I never had the pleasure of meeting Aaron but I do want his family and friends to know he will never be forgotten by me. Aaron, assuredly, was the bravest lad and we share your loss."
Ringlein family of Pisgah Forest, NC

"All I have to say is God Bless America. And God Bless Mark Wills (Williams). I've been in the Navy for 8 years now and never have I seen anyone like Mr. Wills. He and I both strangers, and yet he has the heart to take my friends and me out to dinner after being backstage at his concert in DC. Sure enough I get to sit next to him, and I look down and see a wrist ban on his wrist that said "CW2 Aaron A. Weaver." I didn't even have to ask, I just knew.... And that is what freedom is all about.

So to Aaron Weaver. God Bless you and everything you impact.. You and your family are in my prayers tonight..."
Patrick Baker of Dale City, VA

"Aaron, I miss you sooo much. I can remember when you'd bounce us on the trampoline, just to see how high we'd go. I remember when I tried the same thing with Kiersten, but she just shot off the trampoline, whoops:)
Wish you were home! Happy Veterans Day!
Love and miss you lotts."
Paige of Inverness

"Hey Big Brother, I have been thinking about you. I really wish you could come home again. It seemed that when coming home for a visit, you would bring the family closer together. I miss those days. I miss you."
Shannon Felicetta of Fl

"I was friends with Aaron in school. I will always remember his warm smile and how he could always make us laugh. He was truly a great person and a dear friend.
I left Citrus County, joining the military right out of high school. I now live in Georgia and am the proud mother of a US Marine. My oldest, David is currently in Pensacola, FL training to be an aircraft mechanic. It was hard to watch him leave knowing so many have given the ultimate sacrifice as Aaron did, but I know how I felt when I enlisted. You are all in my prayers, those who have lost someone and those who still serve. May God bless and keep you safe."
Mary (Hooker) Larrimore of Eatonton, Ga, USA

"i am in my second tour to iraq, i'm with the 1/5 cav 1cd. i bought a rememberance ban and i recieved yours. i want to think you for your sacrafice that you made on that day in january 2004. whenever there are hard times i just look at your ban and it gives my the power to drive on. thank you"
michael rogers of ft. hood tx

"Thinking of you, not only today, but everyday, with sadness and joy, heartache and love. We all miss you so very much."
Nancy, Austin, and Savannah

"REMEMBERING YOU TODAY ON 9/11 AND EVERYDAY FOR DEFENDING OUR COUNTRY AND FOR BEING SUCH A WONDERFUL PERSON."
KIM of OHIO

"Dear Weaver Family,
I am a high school student from Indiana. This last spring I went on a class trip to Washington D.C. While we were there we visited Arlington. I saw the picture of Aaron and the framed picture of Savannah. I was very moved by this and took a picture so I could always remember that feeling. I, today, decided to do some research and was amazed to find out all the wonderful things this person had done in his life. As a young person, Aaron is a role model for myself and should be for other young adults. I believe Aaron is a true American hero! Thank you to Aaron for all the wonderful things he did for this country. May God Bless his family, always. Thank you!"
Autumn K. of Williamsport, IN

"To the family, friends, and soldiers of CWO Arron Weaver, B/3/75:
I have worn his name on my right hand since my my tour in Iraq from 2004-2005. I still wear it, and every time someone asks, they want to know if I knew him. I tell them I did not, but that I wear it so that he will never be forgotten. I thank you for his service, sacrifice, and inspiration. He still serves now.
Thank you.
SGT Richard Lopez
richard.lopez2@us.army.mil"
Richard Lopez of Raleigh, NC/USA

"Happy Father's Day Aaron. I hope you are as proud of Nancy & kids as we all are!"
Shelly

"Happy Birthday Baby! We miss you everyday, especially this weekend at Granny's, it was like old times! I hope you are watching over us. You'd be so proud of your daughter. She is just like you. I love you always!!"
Nancy Weaver

"Aaron,
Although I never got the opportunity to meet you, over the years I have gotten a chance to meet several members of your family. Upon hearing many incredible and courageous stories of you, I have personally found my definition of "American hero". I just wanted to take time to thank you for the service you provided, for how you have influenced people in and outside of your life and for being a true gentleman, father, and hero. Happy Birthday!"
B. Robert of Florida

"Happy 36th Birthday ! We had the majority of the Weaver gang at Granny's in Rome this past weekend. You were deeply missed. You would be so proud of Austin and Savannah they are growing up to be wonderful well behaved children, Nancy is a great Mom. I often think of you and miss you. Love you bunches."
Kimberly Weaver Adams of Tallahassee, FL

"Mr. Grisham, in response to your entry below:
My name is Nancy Weaver. I am Aaron's widow. Thank you for wearing the KIA bracelet with Aaron's name on it as long as you have. You are correct, he was a GREAT father, husband, son and friend to many. We miss him each and every day. If you would like to continue wearing the bracelet, please do so. I am sure he would like that. If you would like for us to have it, you are more than welcome to send it to us at: 1237 Valley Creek Run, Winter Park, FL 32792. We do have several of the bracelets already, so please don't feel like you have to send it. Also, thank you for serving our country. I am sure your family is as proud of you as we are of Aaron. Take Care."
Nancy Weaver of Winter Park, FL

"To the family of CWO Aaron Weaver. I have been wearing the KIA bracelet with Aaron's name on it for a little over a year now. I wish to return it to the family if they would like to have it. I served for 4 years as military police here in oklahoma and am now a police officer in oklahoma. My heart goes out to the family and friends of Aaron and it seems that he was a wonderful father,husband,son,and soldier. I've worn the bracelet with honor and respect and will continue to wear it if the family does not wish to have it. Please contact me at 940-768-8951 and I will send the bracelet. Otherwise, I'll continue to wear it in honor and respect for a fallen comrade."
Eric Grisham of Marietta, Oklahoma

"Aaron was truly a wonderful person. I went to school with him and also had the pleasure of working with him for a while. He was about to re-enlist back into the Army to become a helicopter pilot and was so excited!! He said it was his dream. Hearing about his death was a shock. He was a true American hero, choosing to fight for his country when he didn't have to. His family as well as his hometown are so proud to have had a hero in our midst. He will always be remembered and his legacy will live on thru his children, his wife and his family. You are sorely missed but with you watching over everyone, the world is definitely a better place. Rest in peace!"
Christa Childs of Inverness, Florida

"To the family of:Aaron A Weaver 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. 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 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

""Aaron, When I think of you my thoughts begin with the gatherings of your siblings and cousins at Granny's house. I remember your sense of humor, your kindness to the younger kids, and I remember sitting out at the pool at my house when you said," Uncle Jim " and you proceeded to tell me with great detail what you went through in Mogadishu. Your extended stays at our house were always welcomed. Bridgit,Jake,and Patrick all looked up to cousin Aaron. A photo I display depicts you wrestling with them. I remember your eyes lighting up when you're Army buddy and you took my Porsche to CLearwater Beach with the understanding to try to sell it....and you did!
You're missed, but we'll see you again.""
Jim Patterson of Dunedin, Florida

"Aaron, I can't believe that you have been gone for three years tomorrow. It seems like not long ago we were playing vollyball on the plantation or hanging out with me at dads beach house. You were great at always getting the family together and being a part of it. I think of you often and miss you very much. You will never be forgotten and forever in my heart. I love you! 01/07/07"
Kimberly Weaver Adams of tallahassee, Fl

"My husband Mark attended Citrus High School and he and Aaron were team mates on the track team. They were the same age. Mark followed Aaron's military career and was very proud of Aaron and honored to have been friends with him. I never met Aaron but my husband always has and continues to speak very highly of him. I am sorry I never got to meet him. Know that he is missed and thought of often."
Zandra Dorr of Monroe VA

"Aaron I think of you often especially when I am driving through Inverness and there are people standing on each side of Main Street. One side is protesters and the other is supporters of our TROOPS!!!! I always honk in support of our troops & start to get emotional thinking about what you would be thinking if it were driving by. Every chance I get I tell people of who you were and truly what a GREAT MAN YOU WERE!"
of ~Your hometown~

"I only served in 3 different Aviation Units as a UH-60 Crew Chief/Inspector...1/17th CAV, 2/82nd AVN Brigade when it was newly formed, and 2/224th Aviation until I retired. I continued to run into old friends from all units until I retired last year. The 2/224th is currently in Iraq. I last saw my old unit the 1/17th in Bosnia when the 2/224 were replacing them on September 9, 2001 (needless to say, there wasn't a whole lot of happy times soon after). I was with the 1/17th CAV when each Troop had UH-60, OH-58, and AH-1, and the 58D was just coming on line. I left for the 2/82nd at Pope AFB at the time during the new organization. I never knew Mr. Weaver, but the 1/17th and all Troopers past, present, and future hold a special place in my heart, including the the other regiments. God Bless Mr. Weaver's family and friends...I guarantee you he will always be remembered in the 1/17th hearts, and never forget, if you ain't CAV, you ain't !@#$!"
Michael L. Baker of Richmond, VA

"Today you would have been 35, and this year was the first time I would ever be older than you. My heart is still breaking like it was yesterday that I heard you were gone forever. I miss you so much Aaron, and I hope I'll grow to be have the man you had already become. For anyone that reads this, I recorded a song for Aaron in Nashville and all of those that have lost someone close- those soldiers that paid the ultimate sacrifice. www.ryanbweaver.com on the music page- Somewhere Above the Rain. I'll send an MP3 to anyone that wants a copy. My email is located on the contact me page. Thank you. Aaron, I love you big bro. I miss you every time I take a breath. Time and love are like oxygen. When they run out on you, all you have left is to wish for more."
Littl Weave of Ft Rucker, AL

"Happy Memorial Day Baby, I still love you more."

"Aaron,
I'm going to Arlington National Cemetery today. Your name will be in my pocket with the names of the other friends I've lost. But, your picture will be in my mind. A picture of a skinny guy with a wicked smile and a inhuman ability to do PT. You used to run me until I was sucking wind through my ears! You were unstoppable, insatiable, and relentless... and that was on the good days. But, I tell you what, bro. I'd give a great deal to spend some quality time in the "hurt locker" with you today. You made me a better person, a better soldier, a better man.
Godspeed. Rest well, you've earned it."
CPT Douglas Chace of Washington DC

"Tomorrow is Memorial Day. Thank you Aaron Weaver for pursuing your dreams. Your Uncle Pat encourged you to join the National Guard when you got out of the Army. You lived with us at that time and we really enjoyed having you. You brought some young spirit out to that old place. I'm just sorry I found out two years after you passed, but I know I will see you when I pass and look forward to seeing you again. Love, Marie Litchfield 5/28/2006"
Marie Litchfield of Beaufort, SC

"I am heartbroken for our loss on that day over 2 years ago. My son Christopher Golby was the crew chief onboard that Black Hawk. The world truly lost some great men in that single instant downing of a Medivac Helicopter. Aaron and your family are in our thoughts every day. I remind people I talk to about the connection with the movie "Black Hawk Down." I want to thank Regina for her comments on Chris's page and your Uncle Bill for letting everyone know who reads here what a great person Aaron was and what he did. I hope Ryan is safe as well. Until we join our loved ones, our tears are shared with you all."
Ronald Golby of Johnstown, PA

"I had the honor of knowing Aaron and meeting his entire family at he and his brother's graduation.

Aaron was a phenomenal person. Nancy, you are a trooper--you are so strong and I admire you. You and the kids are so lucky to have the love and devotion of Aaron. I first met Aaron at Benning, then, as I continued my career ran into him as he continued his at Rucker. As a fellow aviator, you recognize a true soldier and hero...Aaron is that and more.

My condolences go out to the whole family. My prayers are with you, especially for a safe return for Steve and blue skies for Ryan."
Aroha Dahl of Galveston, TX

"I am so proud to say that I new Aaron a true American Hero. I can remember swinging in his front yard in Floral City with all of his brothers and sisters. We played basketball at the school, and even swam in the lake. I can remember watching Aaron practice track at CHS stadium, and I very much remember the day that I said good-bye at the CHS stadium. I wish all of Aaron's family the best in the world. Mike, Steven,(Aaron), Ryan, Shanon, Ashley, Regina, Eric, Scott, and Nicky all of you are in my prayers and my thoughts always. RIP Aaron A. Weaver!!!"
DeEtta Mogle (Cairl) of Dunedin, FL USA

"Aaron I think of you often, sometimes with a smile and sometimes with a tear. I hold dear a picture of you, Simon Buck, and Josh Bryan playing spades in the dust bowl and remember fondly an hour long phone conversation after I first returned from Afghanistan. I just saw Simon a while back. I was coming and he was going, but you were the subject of conversation. We miss you, buddy."
Mark Bennett of Tall Afar

"I have not written because every time I read this page it brings me to tears. I am living my dreams in your honor. I am trying to be half the man you were. I only hope I do you justice in my actions, my heart and my love for life. Just wish we could have gone fishing. I'm still on Clearwater beach with you bro. My heart hurts every day. I miss you so very much Aaron... Be safe!"
Little Weave

"I want to thank Aaron weaver and fellow soldiers for thier duty to our contry I will be going to basic training in less than a year and it is a privlage to know i will follow in the footsteps of such brave soldiers GOD BLESS YOU ALL"
Cadet Sergant First Class Aaron Moss of Somerset, Kentucky

"Aaron 2 years are gone now since you made the ultimate sacrafice . I found a german hompage for 1 ½ years ago. I visit this german homepage where was a story about a us-soldier who survived cancer and left his family for fighting in iraq and unfortunaley died there. It was the story of you aaron. The next day I found the site www.fallenheroesmemorial.com. I read all the entries on your site and I was really moved by tears. Especially the entry by your uncle bill and your sister shannon made me cry. From that day on I nearly visit your site and the whole www.fallenheroesmemorial.com site daily.
Please know that i will never forget what you did for your country and also for my country-Germany. Sometimes i am ashemd being german. You are my hero and i admire your brave so much. Thank you aaron!
. I’m sorry that my english is so bad maybe you undertand what i will tell you with this words.
God bless you all"
henrik of germany

"I miss you baby. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and wonder when we will be together again. I will always love you and keep you in my heart. I promise Savannah will always know who her DADDY is. I'll make sure she never forgets who loved her the most. Please watch over us and help us find our way. We love you baby!"

"It's been 2 years to the date and I still remember everything about that day as though it just happened. I've asked the question why a million times and still haven't found an answer. You are missed and not a day goes by you aren't thought of. We never met but you changed the entire course of my life thru Ryan. You are so loved and missed by your family I am sorry I never got to meet you."

"Aaron,
I watched the documentary of Black Hawk Down today again & it still is strange to know that you are gone. Each time I heard your voice I just kept telling myself you did not die. It still does not seem real. But each time I see Nancy, Austin & Savannah it sinks in all over again. You are truly missed & Nancy, Austin & Savannah are doing well & THEY ALL MISS YOU!!! As do the rest of your family & friends."

"Aaron.. i remember just like it was yesterday,when you would wrestle with me and run around the house with me on your shoulders. I also remember one day looking up at you when i was only 5years old and telling you some day i was going to be just like you.You gave me a big smile and said "no kid, your going to be better." You always used to re-assure me when something didn't go right. You said "stand tall little soldier" Each day i repeat those words to myself.Im so thankful I had you in my life! I love you...and im standing strong for you and the family FOREVER.Bridgit"
Bridgit of Tampa Florida

"Aaron, I will miss you. You are an inspirations to me. Your attitude, dedication, and spirit set the example for others to follow. I will never forget."
Daniel Simpson (B.co. 3/75) of St. CLoud, FL

"Happy Anniversary Baby! I still love you more!!!"

"I, too, ordered my bracelet from Ranger Joe's and received Mr. Weaver's name. As a fellow Warrant Officer, I will wear this bracelet every day as a reminder of how important a job we do on a daily basis. It is with great honor I wear his name."
CW2 Wayne Sykes, Tennessee State Guard of Memphis, TN

"Just wanted to let the family of CWO Aaron A Weaver know that I recently bought a KIA braclet off of rangerjoe.com and you can recieve any soldiers name that die in Iraq and I got his. Just wanted to let you know that it never comes off and I wear it with pride. He gave his life defending our country. Thank you"
SPC Thomas Johnsen of Ft Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA

"Dear Aaron, I hadn't ever really got to know you, but you were best friends with Kim and Steve growing up through high school. When I saw how much they hurt when they heard what had happened I knew how important you were to them, and me as well. In the short time that I did knwo you, you were friendly and kind. Time's have been rough lately, and Nan passed recently, but when things do get hard, I think of what you went through, and the sacrifice you made. Thank you Aaron, you're a true hero."
A.J. of Inverness, Florida

"To the Weaver Family,
I received a braclet with Aaron's name on it the other day and decided to look him up on the internet. I am an Army wife who has worried through two deployments and we are gearing up for a third. My prayers go out to your entire family. Please know that Aaron's memory and couragous story will be passed on."
Melissa Thomas of US Army Germany

"Aaron and family,
I am a cadet at the United States Military Academy and I greatly appreciate your sacrifice. I bought a rememberance ban of a ranger and I recieved yours. Again I can not thank you enough for you sacrifice. It is the soldiers like you that made me make the decision to join the Army."
CDT. Alton Chamberlain of Tyrone, PA

"I am an Active Duty Army Recruiter and have not been deployed overseas. I just received a bracelet with CWO Weavers name on it. I will proudly wear this bracelet from here on out as a tribute to a fallen hero and fellow soldier. I will proudly share what and who it represents to anyone who asks. The "true heroes" will never be forgotten."
SSG Mark Scharninghausen of North Dartmouth, Massachusetts

"God bless you Aaron, you are a true hero and a role model. From Somalia to Iraq. You will always remain in my prayers and God bless your Family. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!"
Jack of Toronto, Canada

"I was over in iraq for 15 months, and no one from my unit past away thank god, but i wear this bracelet with CWO weavers name on it to pay my respects to those who didnt make it home"
SPC.Matthew Hoalcraft of Clarksburg West Virginia

"I was over in iraq for 15 months, and no one from my unit past away thank god, but i wear this bracelet with CWO weavers name on it to pay my respects to those who didnt make it home"
SPC.Matthew Hoalcraft of Clarksburg West Virginia

"To the family and friends of CWO Aaron Weaver. Years ago, I joined the military and there were, unitl recently, nameless faceless heroes that inspired me to become a member of our military so I could fight alongside of them. It was a year ago that I learned one of the names and saw one of the faces that inspired me to join: CWO Aaron Weaver. No one ever knew the impact that what happened some 12 years ago in Somalia inspired someone their age to join and become a hero to that person. Heroes need no names to be a hero. I never knew this brave soul, but I do know that, along with the others who have died in this war, the world is missing angels. The sacrifice was greater on friends and family of this young man than it was for me. I didn't know a name of my hero, but a year ago I lost one. I hope that you will forever keep his memory alive and remind everyone of what a hero and a inspiration he truly was. May he rest in peace and may he never be forgotten and may peace be brought to those who loved him most: his friends and family. To you I say thank you for lending America your most precious treasure. Thank you."
Gina of Portland OR USA

"It has been almost a year since you passed, I can hardly believe that. I want you to know that Savannah sometimes looks just like you. Aaron she loves you & she knows who you are. I know that was really important to you, I want to reassure you that she will always remember you. I know that you are watching over Nancy, Savannah & Austin & your family & friends. Sometimes we never understand things when they happen, and somethings we will never have the answers to. I am not sure where I am going with this. I just feel the need to tell you how truly missed you are & what a wonderful daughter you have. Please continue to watch over Nan, Savannah & Austin."
Shelly of Florida

"I ordered an Iraq KIA bracelet. I recieved CWO Aaron Weaver. I wear this bracelet everday. God Bless You Aaron Weaver, God Bless your family and friends."
CDT Laura Huffman of New Hampshire

"Dear Aaron today I attended a Veteran's breakfast. I could not get you out of my mind. Although I had not seen you since you were very young..you were family and I am very proud of what you accomplished in your short life. God bless all of your family and God bless you!"
Aunt Marj of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

"To Aarons family and friends,

I had just signed on the internet that night and when the main page came up, I could not believe the picture that was being shown. I recognized it right away because that was the last picture that I remember of Aaron. I called my husband in the room and started to cry.I had the pleasure of knowing him briefly back in 1989 and we kept in touch for awhile after sending a letter here and there. I recieved some letters while he was in Ft. Benning and they were nothing but friendly humorous letters about everyday life and how much he loved being in the service. It has been a very long time since I have talked to him but I cannot express how sorry I am to his family and friends to hear what happened. I hurt for his wife and children when I hear how absolutely in love they all were with each other and for his family who seem so close, loving and so supportive. My heart goes out to all of you and I thank Aaron for being so strong and going there to defend our country. He will never be forgotten."
Kim of Ohio

"Happy Anniversary baby! We miss you each and every day. You'll always be with us in our hearts....."

"Arron Weaver
Thank you for a job well done.God bless
you."
D. Watson of Ruther Glen VA.

""Yea though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me." Psalm 23:4"
Mazin Enwiya of Chicago, IL

"Hey Buddy, just thinking about you. Still got our picture on my desk. Funny how when I put it up there I never thought it would come to be something in remembrance of you. I'll be catching up with Nancy, Savannah, and Austin soon. Take Care........."
J.B. of Enterprise, AL

"Aaron~ I still cannot believe you are gone. I just wanted to tell you that you are truly missed by everyone. I just looked up the picture Nancy sent to me of your troop over in Iraq, she sent it to me exactly one month prior to your death. I know you are looking over Nancy, Savannah & Austin & all of your family & friends. Words cannot describe how it makes me feel when I really sit & think that you are not here. Your troop will be going back over to Iraq soon & we all know you will be watching over them. We miss you Aaron."
Shelly of Crystal River, Florida

"You're my hero."
Courtney Perry of Fresno, California

"Warrant Officer Weaver, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"Low Flight"

Dedicated to Aaron A. Weaver


Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth,

And Hovered out of Ground Effect on Semi-Ridgid Blades.

Earthward I've Auto'ed, and met the Rising Brush of Non-Paved Terrain;

And done a thousand things you would never care to.

Skidded and Dropped and Flared Low in the Heat Soaked Roar.

Confined there, I've chased the Earthbound Traffic

And Lost the race due to Insignificant Headwinds.

Forward and up a Little in Ground Effect,

I've Topped the Admirals hedge with drooping turns,

Where never SkyHawk nor even Tomcat Flew.

Shaking and Pulling Collective, I've Lumberd

The Low untresspassed Halls of Victor Airways;

Put out my Hand, and Touched a Tree.

Today Aaron you Fly with Angels. Thank you for your Dedication and Sacrifice. "Godspeed Chief..."
Dennis B. Dray MAJ (R) ARNG of Tucson, AZ

"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, Aaron, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Thank you for sharing a little about Aaron, and he and his brothers commitment to their country! Your message says more than anything I could say -- You are NOT alone! God Bless you. Pat & Sandi B from Montana "

"Here is the e-mail I sent to friends (mostly Army & Navy active & veterans) after I learned of our nephew's death.

January 8, 2004

With two nephews who are Army helicopter pilots, the war in Iraq was very personal for Sharon and l from day one. We expected they would probably find their way to Iraq and soon be "in harm's way". That is exactly what has happened. The war just got a whole lot more personal this evening. Returning home from a nice dinner with my wife (she had to go back to work) I heard the phone ringing as I opened the door. I picked it up and recognized my wife's sister's voice. She was crying and in obvious grief. She was telling me that her son, CW2 Aaron Weaver, 82nd Airborne, United States Army, was killed in Iraq today. I could not believe what I was hearing. It just could not be Aaron! But it was true -- the Army notification team was at her home as we spoke.

Earlier in the day, we heard about the Black Hawk being shot down. But it couldn't be Aaron. Aaron was a UH58D Kiowa Warrior pilot. And it couldn't be his brother, CW2 Ryan Weaver. Ryan, while a Black Hawk pilot, to the best of our knowledge, did not fly Medevac. Relief . . . it could not be Aaron or Ryan. I said a silent prayer for the other families who were soon to be notified of their loss. Whenever I would hear of a lost Black Hawk or Kiowa, I worried that it might be one of our nephews. I must confess that when the casualties would finally be identified by their names, and not be one of them, I breathed a little easier. But at the same time I would feel a little guilty -- for by hoping and praying that it would not be one of our family, I knew that some other family would be suffering the loss that we feared.

Of all things, rather than his usual role as a pilot, Aaron was a passenger in that Black Hawk Medevac helicopter today. He was on his way to a routine medical checkup. Over a year ago he survived a bout with cancer and some pretty serious surgery. He could have stayed safely in the States for some time, while the Army Doc's monitored his health -- Army policy. Rather, he volunteered for duty in Iraq. He requested and received the medical waiver necessary to deploy. He wanted to join his younger brother, Ryan and his comrades. He heard the call of duty and he answered it.

Ryan, a Black Hawk pilot, was also stationed in Iraq. Apparently he was stationed near where Aaron was headed for his check up. They had plans to meet. My sister-in-law knew of those plans because she was online, talking with Ryan. Minutes later the comfort that her boys were safe would be shattered. She heard a knock on the door, looked out and saw men in Army uniforms. She knew immediately - one of her sons had died. The day had begun as a happy one. A call from one son. News that the brothers, both Army helicopter pilots in a combat zone in a far off land, were getting together for dinner and an evening of fun! But that was not how their day would end.

Aaron is survived by his wife, daughter, step-son, mother, father, brothers and sisters. He was where he wanted to be, doing what he loved to do -- flying and serving his country. He called us Christmas night. His last words to me were "I love you Uncle Bill" -- those words coming from a brave, strong, tough, but loving and caring Army Ranger. A man, who as a young Sgt. and squad leader, stared down danger, while leading his men in an attempted rescue of the "Black Hawk Down" crew. He survived that battle in Mogadishu, Somalia. For his actions, he was decorated with the Bronze Star with Combat V and CIB. Christmas night, his last words to his Aunt Sharon, and to his cousins, (our two sons and daughter) were the same as to me -- "I love you". We love him too. And we are so very thankful that we had that one last opportunity to tell him so before he died. Also, to tell him how very proud we are of him and what he and his fellow soldiers are doing in Iraq. We all will miss him very very much.

We believe, as he did, that America did and continues to do the right thing for all the right reasons in Iraq. Like so many young (and some not so young) men and women in our Armed Services, Aaron was willing to put his life on the line, risking all, for his beliefs. What are we willing to risk for ours?

God Bless the men and women of our Armed Forces and the families they leave behind. God Bless our President, George W. Bush. And God Bless the United States of America and the freedom, liberty and justice that we, as the great nation that we are, cherish so much that we want to share it with all.

Bill Schmidt
U.S. Navy Veteran (Corpsman) - Vietnam 1968
(Aaron's Uncle Bill and Aunt Sharon from N.J.)

p.s. Ryan is now safely back from Iraq. But Aaron's big brother and role model, a man who he absolutely idolized, CW4 Steve Weaver, is soon to depart for combat. We will be praying for Steve and know that Aaron will be with Steve, looking out for him and seeing to it that he returns safely home. God bless you Steve."
Uncle Bill of Paramus, NJ

"I did not know you, but I heard your story from those that did. I too lost someone, my ex-husband, CW2 Scott Jamar this past April. He also left behind 2 beautiful young boys, Kyle and Brennan. I came upon your name because I also knew someone else in that helicopter, CW2 Ian Manuel who had gone to flight school with Scott. I believe I recall hearing your name while Scott and Ian were in flight school, you should have been there around the same time. To your family I truly greive with you for your loss. Losing Scott has been difficult and I still miss him every day, but I continue to find comfort in knowing that he is still watching over me and my boys and I hope that you will find comfort in knowing that Aaron is still and always be within each one of you that loved and cared for him. Thank you Aaron, Scott, Ian and all of you that have made the ultimate sacrifice. You will forever be alive in our hearts."
Andria Jamar of Fort Rucker, AL

"CWO Weaver:
Thank you for fighting so that all of us in the U.S. can sleep safely in our beds at night. There is no real way to say thank you for that kind of gift. Rest in Peace."
Meg Manninen of San Antonio

"To the family of Army Chief Warrant Officer Aaron A. Weaver, we never had an opportunity to meet your Husband, Son, or Brother, but my son who served with CWO Weaver did. My son spoke highly of Aaron and admired him and his family. My son is also a Kiowa pilot serving with the 82nd and we feel like we lost a son also. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and I am grateful that our son was able to attend the service for Aaron along with Aaron's buddies. I told my son he is a better man today because of Aaron and for that we are grateful to Aaron, May God Bless all of you, Ralph Zendejas."
Ralph Zendejas of San Antonio, Texas

"wow..i recieved a letter from a soldier named Aaron Weaver a few days ago..It touched me so much how he talked about the feeling he got from fighting for our freedom..I got home and i did a little searching online to find a picture of him, only to find his obituary along with it. I was floored. He seemed like a great soldier and a wonderful person. He will be greatly missed. He is the reason I am going to join the military. To his family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. I have no idea how hard it is to lose someone you love so close, but i truly am sorry..You will forever be remembered in Westford, Massachusetts"
Mike P. of Westford, Ma

"My 9th grade English class sent letters to the soldiers in Iraq for the holidays, in hope of cheering them up. Mine went to Aaron Weaver. He replied, thanking us for our support. In his letter he told us of his family, and his background in the military. I remember thinking it would be an honor to meet him. His letter told of what it means to fight for your country and to serve for the freedom of others. Mr. Weaver's letter was moving, and I have great respect for him and his fellow soldiers. Even throuh a small four page letter, he had an effect on my life. I will never be able to meet Aaron Weaver. But he has touched my heart. I believe the letter he sent us is being sent to his family. I hope you recieve it and find it as moving as I have."
Dave of Westford, MA

"Our son, Sean, is a Kiowa crew chief with Bravo troop in the 1/17 CAV. We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the family on the tragic loss of Mister Weaver. We have visited Simmons Army Airfield at Ft. Bragg, and the Kiowa hangar, on several occasions. We have always been so welcomed and made to feel a real part of the Army family. The CAV is particullarly close, and so the loss of Cpt. Kimberly Hampton with Delta troop, and then Aaron less than a week later was very difficult for this Army family to hear about. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you deal with the loss of such a brave and courageous man. You and Aaron will remain close to our hearts always. He shall now fly with the angels."
Mike & Linda Connelly of Oregon, IL USA

"22 year old male from british columbia, Canada. I came across Aarons story the early morning of Jan. 14 before my appointment to my urologist, where i was diagnosed with TC. I was actully thinking of him while i was sitting in the waiting room to be called in the doctors office.For the past week I have been sitting in room on the computer researching my new found disease and when i can't take it anymore and break down i pull up the MSNBC story about this courageuos man. He has and will be a great inspiration to me in these next few hards years of my life. I am sorry for your loss and wish the best to anyone who knew this man."
chris of british columbia

"Aaron
I am so sorry you are gone.I remember the first night you and Nancy got together you were acting like two teenagers and you still acted like that after 3 years of marraige. I can remember your laugh and that smile that was always on your face. I admired you so much for the way you took Austin under your wing and taught him everything you knew. I remember Nancy having to fight you for Savannah because you always wanted to hold her.

I will always remember you Aaron for loving my best friend more than anything in this world, and I want to thank you for that. I promise you I will always be here for her, Austin & Savannah. I and your entire family and all of your friends will keep your memory alive forever and you better believe Savannah will grow up knowing what a wonderful man you were. Aaron I know you are looking down on Nancy right now you must be as proud as I am of her. She is an amazing woman & a wonderful mother and a wonderful friend. I knew she was a strong person before but now I admire her strength.

I want to thank you and all of the other soldiers for fighting for our freedom."
Michele of Crystal River

"Aaron,
I don't know where to start, we have been through candidate school together, flight school, stationed at Bragg. I came to the hospital to see you during your battle with testicular cancer, and you know every time I came in you told me not to make you laugh! and showed me your food list, and boy did you fulfill that list when you got out you choclate molten eating fool. Brother what are you doing to me? Danielle really misses you, she's having a hard time with this, because you know you were Scott and Steven's adopt a dad when I was deployed or away at school, those boy's will always love and miss you Aaron. And Aaron you know you and I were supposed to link up and fly to Grandstrand together so we could take the flight line car and go grab a bite at you know where. When I deploy come fly with me Friend, your picture is already on my kneeboard so wheather you want to or not your coming. I know you want to fly in the Big Rig, we had talked about it before, well now's your chance come with me brother I will be waiting. Aaron I am honored to have had you as a friend, and promise until the day I die that I will do everything in my power to assisst Nancy, Austin, and Savannah with anything they may need, I know you would have done the same for me my brother. Aaron I miss you more than you could know, I can only imagine what is going through Nancy's mind. You must be so proud of her, I know your watching, she has been so strong for you and the kids, she's a strong woman, and would have to be to be married to your anal butt. Aaron you had everything you wanted in life before you left for Iraq, I am glad you left a happy man. You have changed my look on life, for the better brother. Save some space up there for me Aaron I will see you when It's my time. You will never be forgotten.

To all the Military that read this page. CW2 Aaron A. Weaver is the most professional Soldier, Officer, and Aviator you will ever know, he would be the Poster boy for the Army if their were to be one. He was phyisically fit, mentally strong, and morally straight, and always knew what right looked like. Aaron was a phenominal husband, father, and friend, we should challenge ourselves to be the man Aaron was, this will make the Army and the country a better place. Salute this man and his family he is a national Hero.

To anyone who has not served, or been around those who have, please shake a Soldiers hand the next time you see one and think of Aaron, tell them that they are doing a good job, that's all I ask on Aaron's behalf. Aaron did this because he wanted to, this is a volanteer Army and it takes a special person to do the job. And if not people like Aaron, or his brothers and sisters that currently serve then who? maybe no one in which case there would be a draft, maybe then more people would understand the type of job Aaron did and how hard it was, because I can tell you from experience it's not for the money, it's for love of your Family, Country, God, and I could go on. You may not support the cause I just ask you support the soldiers and there family's. 911 has come and gone but we continue to fight.

Fact: the average 911 spouse recieved $1,000,000.00 for the loss of a significant other, soldiers continue to fight the war on terror due to what occured on Sep 11 and die almost every day in Iraq and there spouses are left with next to nothing just memories.

A donation can be made to the Weaver family and 100% will go to the family of Aaron Weaver. Checks can be made out to
"Aaron Weaver Memorial Trust" and mailed to:

Aaron Weaver Memorial Trust
c/o Citrus County Chronicle
1624 N. Meadowcrest Blvd.
Crystal River, FL 34429"

"I want to express my condolences to the Weaver family and also my gratitude for the immense sacrifice they have made for this country.

Individuals like Aaron Weaver are what have made and keep America a great nation. His life serves as inspiration and is a model for what it means to be a true patriot.

God Bless."
Naveen Rao of Arlington, Virginina

"To the Weaver family. We had the great pleasure of meeting your son at Fort Rucker, Alabama when he graduated from flight school. Our son Shawn Longwell graduated at the same time. They lived together along with Jesse. We only spent a short time with him and in that time we knew he was a very special person. They were so excited to graduate and Aaron was also getting married at this time. You have a wonderful family. Aaron was taken away to soon. He touched and influenced so many lives. He will forever be missed and forever be remembered. Our hearts and prayers are with all of you in this time. We are very proud to have known Aaron and his patriatism will live on forever. Thank you and God Bless you."
Lou and Tina Longwell of North Bend, Wa USA

"I read about the death of CWO Aaron Weaver on the Internet the other day and I feel like I have lost a brother, even though we never met and neither of us knew the other existed, nevertheless in a special sense Aaron was my brother - you see I am a Testicular Cancer survivor too.

I was deeply moved by his story and, as stated on the Lance Armstrong website, Aaron really was a true hero - his bravery under fire, his concern for his fellow soldiers, concern that meant he wasn't going to stay at home while his comrades answered the call of duty abroad. All that adds up to extraordinary courage well above and beyond the call of duty and makes me very proud, and humble, to refer to CWO Aaron Weaver as a 'brother'.

I live in Northern Ireland not far from where the US Army Rangers were founded in 1942.. Some years ago a young British peace-keeping soldier lost his life and in his effects there was a letter for his parents. In his letter was a poem which, when read on the BBC resulted in an unprecedented public response. Nobody knows who wrote the poem which I offer below in tribute to a True Hero, who so richly deserves every accolade.

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

Anonymous

True heros never die, they merely move beyond our view. We mourn their passing, offer sympathy and support to their nearest and dearest, and count ourselves honoured to have walked that same Earth they walked. On behalf of 'the cancer community' may I offer sympathy and condolences.

Andy Anderson
Testicular Cancer Survivor"
Andy Anderson of BANGOR Northern Ireland

"Rest in Peace Brave Soldier. You are flying with the Angels now. God Bless you."
The Taylors of USMC, NC

"This young man is an absolute shining example of what the youth of this country can be. A scholar, an athelete, a soldier, a father, a husband,a mamber of a loving family, and finally a true hero in every sense of the word. He shall be missed by all that had the honor of knowing him but will never be forgotten. No true hero ever is."
Coach Tom Darby of Inverness, Fl.

"Gone but not forgotten. To the family and friends of Aaron Weaver. Words can't express how I feel about the loss of Aaron. Aaron was such a great person. I remember so well how polite and nice he was as a student at Citrus High School. He always had a smile and kind words for everyone. Aaron is smiling down on you now. I have thought of Aaron for so many years knowing he was doing what he loved so much. We are all thankful that we have people like Aaron serving in the United States Military. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Aaron, we are so proud of what you accomplished over the years."
Barbara Lewis/Secretary of Citrus High School/ Inverness, Fl

"Aaron, It is your time to walk with God and to see what we can not, how beautiful it must be. One day we will join you and we will walk together. For now times are hard for the ones left behind. For we are blessed to have known you and we have the privilege to carry your memory. Aaron, we never met in person, but if feel as if we did, by hearing wonderful stories about you and your brothers and sisters, and how you would hold your baby sisters for hours when they were first born. How you loved everything about life and how you lived everyday with I love you's. I will try to help your family in every way I can. I just wanted to tell you that I will celebrate your life, because that is what you would have wanted. Your cause will never be forgotten. All of my love to you, your wife, your two children, and you entire family."
Reed of Inverness, Florida

"To the family of Aron A. Weaver, please know that my families thoughts and prayers are with you. We too have a family member that is serving in Iraq he is with the 1st Armored division, and we worry about him dailey. We take great comfort in the fact that he is where he chooses to be and is doing what he loves, that is flying. We were so saddened to hear of your lose and pray for you in this time of great sorrow."
Tara Allein of Salt Lake City, UT USA

"Please accept condolences from our family. We share in your loss and in your pain. Find strength in your family, friends and faith to see you through this grief. The light of our men and women lost in combat shines on. My nephew, Capt. Ernesto Blanco-Caldas, was KIA, 12/28/03.""
Jose M. Caldas of Atlanta, GA

"Big Brother, The thing that sticks out in my mind the most, is the last time we spoke. You were telling me how cold it was getting & the dust was everywhere. Knowing you were coming home soon, made time go by faster. Our conversation quickly turned to family. You worried your daughter may not remember you. I told you she had a picture of you and she carried it around like it was her "rubby". She held it & pointed at your picture saying, "daddy,daddy". I promised you she would remember you & I will keep my promise forever.
I was looking forward to seeing you when you got home. Knowing that our last conversation on the phone, meant so much. We got to say we loved eachother. This helps, knowing I got to say my goodbyes.
Life is about choices. You chose to go to war because that is who you are. I'm not sure anything could have stopped you from going. Maybe this was your destiny. You put 100% into everything you did in life & you loved your job. Knowing you like I do, you would have rather went down in a fire fight.
I want you to know you dont need to worry about your wife,daughter or stepson. I promise they will be loved & cared for by family forever. I will be there as a friend, sister & aunt. Aaron's little angel will always always have a male figure in her life. Our father and my husband will be there for her.
Please make sure you say hello to Grandpa W. & Nanny & Papa G.
We will all be together as a family someday. Dont worry about us. We are stronger because of you. I hope you are looking down to see how many hearts you have touched. So many people love, miss & are thinking about you.
You are my Big Brother. I will miss you more & more each day. I will never forget the times we all spent together, growing from children to adults. We all have a lot to be proud of. I am so very proud of you.
Enjoy your peace now. Your friends & family will see you again. I love you,,,your little sister."
Shannon Weaver Felicetta of Tarpon Springs, Florida/USA

"Aaron, I wish we could have shared another conversation or laugh. You were truly a great husband,father,son, brother and friend. Your daughter meant the world to you, and we will make sure she knows that for the rest of her life. We love and miss you brother.
You chose your path of life with dedication and pride. You were tragically taken from us and we will not let your spirit be forgotten. You were a man of integrity and honor. You will never truly know how many lives you have touched. You provided comfort and advice to many, and they will never forget that. I along with many others, will truly miss you.
I remember the times at your dad's house,Flight school graduation in Alabama,the campfire in Georgia, and at our house. These are the memories that will last a lifetime.
Someday, we will all be reunited. Until that day, God Bless You. You will not be forgotten."
Frank N. Felicetta III of Tarpon Springs, Florida/USA

"Thank you Aaron Weaver, 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 Chief Warrant Officer Aaron Weaver:
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 Aaron 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 Chief Warrant Officer Aaron Weaver:
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 Aaron, 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