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    Default Loss of my best fishing partner

    I recieved tragic news today that my brother was killed in action in Afghanistan. He was a 24 year old Green Beretand father of two. We grew up in Greeneville, TN and shared a deep love of the Smokies. I took him on his first backpacking trip when I was seventeen and he was 14 in Cosby on the Madron Bald Loop. He leaves behind a wife and daughter, Taylor, who turned 3 on the 26th and a son Gavin who will be one on Feb. 26th. We were as tight as two brothers could be. He loved fly fishing, especially in the park. We shared many memories over the past ten years camping and fishing there. He has been living near Seattle for the past five for the most part. I posted about my trip out there to fish a couple of years ago. I flew out for winter steelhead. We had a blast. His first deployment was 15 months in Iraq and he returned in September of 2007 before being selected to special forces. When he returned from Iraq I bought him a TFO Project Healing Waters Rod. He cought many Salmon and Steelhead this past season on that rod. Daniel actually helped me special order the matching camo rod case for it, not sure if he remembers that. He left for this deployment on Dec. 28. He died one month to the day. I carry a very heavy heart today. I sent him an email Sunday telling him about a recent trip to Paint Creek I had. This was the water we grew up on in Greeneville learning to fly fish. I am sad to say he never recieved it. He was my best friend and will be dearly missed.



    This picture was taken just a couple of weeks ago. He is in the middle in the back, sporting his favorite LRO brookie hat. He was wearing that hat when he was killed.
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    Aaron,
    God bless your family and his, he was truly a patriot and a hero. The country is grateful for his sacrifice and sorry for your loss.
    Thank You,
    Tad

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    Aaron,

    I am so sorry to learn of your brother's passing. As Tad stated, he was a patriot and a hero. I will be praying for your family and his during this difficult time.
    Dave







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    God's blessings to you all. Respectfully, Silvercreek

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    Aaron,

    Bless you and your family in this trying time. Your brother is a true patriot and hero and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as well as with his wife and children.

    Respectfully,

    John

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    God Bless you and your family in this most difficult time. Your brother was, and is, a true hero and patriot. God bless him, those who serve and served with him, your family, and America.
    If it swims throw a fly at it!

    Barry Murphy
    828-400-3335 (Cell)

    www.projecthealingwaters.org
    "Healing Those Who Serve"

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    Aaron,
    This brings tears to my eyes! Thank you for sharing this with your fishing friends. I am so fortunate and grateful for people like your brother. His sacrifice gives me freedom and I will never forget that!

    I will keep his family, you, and his friends in my prayers!

    I have only one regret in life; that is not serving my country in the armed forces at one time or another!

    Remember, he will always be with you friend!

    God Bless your brother and you - Aaron!
    SM
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    These give us the ultimate human freedom... The
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    to choose, to respond, to change.”



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    Aaron,

    I'm sorry for the loss of your brother and fishing partner.


    Hang in there,

    Neal

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    I'm at a loss. I can't imagine the feeling. My thoughts and prayers go out to your and your family. Like the rest of the sentiments above, I agree your brother is a hero. I am able to do the things I do because of people like your brother.

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