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Private First Class Aaron J. Rusin

September 2, 2006


Pfc. Aaron J. Rusin, 19, had only been in Iraq for a month when he was shot during an Oct. 10, 2004 attack on his military convoy outside of Baghdad. Rusin, of Johnstown, Pa., died Oct. 11. He was assigned to the 44th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Howze, Korea, and had joined the Army in the tradition of his father, grandfather and three uncles, who all served.

Before joining the Army, Rusin volunteered with two fire departments.”He was awesome. He was one of those kids who would do anything. You never had to ask him twice,” said Barry Emerson, assistant chief for the Jackson Township fire department.

Pfc. Rusin, we thank you and your family for the sacrifice you have made in service to our country. We will remember.

Sources: The Associated Press; Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

The ladies over at Some Gave All are hoping to have all the tributes posted by Labor Day 2006, but you might squeak one in if you get hopping.

This is especially important to me as a dear family friend is about to start his third tour in Iraq with the Marines. His name is Corporal John Davis; please say a prayer for him if you have a moment.

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  1. Anonymous permalink
    October 14, 2006 1:43 am

    Aaron was a truly amazing friend, the kind of friend you’re lucky to have once in a lifetime. The pain of losing him is forever in my heart and I would never wish it on anyone. It has been 2 years and 3 days since his death and the pain hasn’t softened up a bit.

    I really hope that your friend(s) make it home safely and that you never have to experience the kind of loss I have suffered (6 times), having someone taken before their time. Best wishes.

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