Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Aaron D Gautier

Hampton, Virginia

May 17, 2007

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
19 Army Cpl

2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division

Fort Lewis, Washington

 Killed in Baghdad, Iraq, when his mounted patrol came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire and an improvised explosive device.

March 24th of this year. It was a week before he left for IraQ, The day I took this was the day we Buried his Uncle, My only son Daniel Richey 2ed. Aaron was very Close to him. Aaron was Given a heros funeral in Hampton Virginia on Saturday May 26, 2007.two of his friends who enlisted when he did got up and spoke at the funeral. The Funeral was at Ft. Monroe, just a few miles from where he was raised.

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Aaron Daniel Gautier
HAMPTON - CPL Aaron D. Gautier, 19, of Hampton, passed May 17, 2007, paying the ultimate price for freedom in Iraq. A U.S. Army veteran whose proudest accomplishment was graduating infantry school, Aaron enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his two little sisters. He attended Bethel High School, where he was a member of the Army JROTC unit. Aaron found enjoyment in the smallest things in life, and was quick to find friendship in everyone he encountered. Aaron is survived by his best friend and wife, Lindsey Gautier; his mother, Tina Houchins, and stepdad, Donald 'Bubba,' of Newport News; father, Daniel Gautier, and wife, Tracy; in-laws, Matt and Debbie Kozma of Lakewood, Wash.; grandparents, Daniel and Teresa Richey of Wilmington, N.C., Brian and Dottie Coleman of Hampton, Ken and Pat Lenorman of Newport News; step-grandmother, Saundra Mayes of Hopewell; great-grandfather, Ray Grieve of Hampton; two sisters, Tricia Gautier and Alexis Houchins of Newport News; aunt, Val Gautier-Conlon, and uncle, Jimmy, of Newport News; aunt, Tracy Boswell of Hopewell; uncle, RC Stockum of Hampton; and a host of family and friends. A service of remembrance will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at the Chapel of the Centurion, Fort Monroe. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. Interment will take place at Hampton-Veterans Memorial Gardens. Anyone planning to attend the funeral service needs to bring proper identification and registration. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to www.woundedwarriorproject.org. Friends are encouraged to visit www.mem.com to share words of comfort with the family. Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA 23666. 

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Published in Daily Press from May 23 to May 24, 2007.
From Dan Richey 06/05/07:

I took a lot of pictures at my Grandsons funeral, something I don't normally do. my only son Aaron's uncle, was killed in a car accident March 21, 2007. Aaron came home on emergency leave for the funeral and that was the last time any of his family other than his wife, got to see him. We were healing emotionally when Aaron was killed after only a month in Iraq. The news was heavy on us all and we are still healing. 

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