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wet dog
12-05-2010, 16:29
Welcome home SGT Kramer, thank you for your service.

Wet Dog

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Fallen Utah soldier Sgt. Aaron Kramer returns home, escorted by twin brother
Published: Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 1:33 p.m. MDT By Steve Fidel, Deseret News

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS Army Sgt. Aaron Kramer's family is preparing for his Saturday funeral now that the body of the 22-year-old soldier, killed in Afghanistan Sept. 16, has been returned to Utah.

The Utah Air National Guard hosted a brief ceremony Thursday at its base on the east side of the Salt Lake City International Airport. More than 200 Air Guard members stood at attention as a chartered jet rolled up in front of the base operations center at 11 a.m.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News
The remains of Sgt. Aaron Kramer arrive at the Utah Air National Guard Base in Salt Lake City on Thursday. Kramer, 22, of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division, was wounded in a firefight in Afghanistan on Sept. 16. He died from his injuries while being evacuated by helicopter to a hospital in Kabul.

The first person out of the plane was the fallen soldier's twin brother, Sgt. Brandon Kramer, who recently returned from Iraq and got permission to escort his brother's casket home from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

The twins joined the Army after high school Aaron assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Brandon assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, out of Fort Bragg, N.C. They served in Iraq, then simultaneously served in both of the United States' battle zones: Brandon in Iraq and Aaron in Afghanistan.

Brandon stood at attention at the nose of the chartered jet as the flight crew lowered the casket onto a cart on the tarmac on Thursday.

Their parents, Richard and Shannon, Aaron's wife, Jackie, Aaron's older sister, Jennifer, and her husband and two sons somberly made their way toward the casket at the side of the small jet. Brandon joined them, and the mother of the two soldiers leaned over the casket, embracing it, as extended family joined the group.

The family spent about 15 minutes on the tarmac before an Army Reserve honor guard carried the casket to a waiting hearse.

Fifty members of the Patriot Guard Riders lined the path, carrying American flags that snapped in the breeze. The motorcycle group was formed to help show respect at events like the one at the airport, and later at the funeral, said ride captain Matt Munk.

"We only come when the immediate family asks us to," he said. "This is what we were formed for to shield and protect the family."

"Our hearts are just full," Aaron Kramer's uncle and family spokesman, Dallan Sohm, said as a police motorcade was escorting the family and fallen solder away from the base.

"I have deep feelings for the sacrifice he made," said Sohm, an Army National Guard special forces veteran. "I'm very proud."

According to the family, Aaron Kramer was leading his squad when enemy forces attacked a base they were guarding. He was shot in the ensuing gun battle and died either during a helicopter transport or after reaching a military hospital in Kabul. His sister said he had been injured by a roadside bomb just four weeks before the injury that cost him his life.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700067945/Fallen-Utah-soldier-Sgt-Aaron-Kramer-returns-home-escorted-by-twin-brother.html

Dusty
12-05-2010, 16:32
RIP, SGT Kramer. Prayers out to the family.

Richard
12-05-2010, 16:47
RIP SGT Kramer.

Surgicalcric
12-05-2010, 16:53
RIP Sergeant Kramer.

Your sacrifice is not is vain.

Crip

PedOncoDoc
12-05-2010, 16:56
Rest in peace SGT Kramer. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

dennisw
12-05-2010, 17:13
RIP Sgt. Kramer. Wounded four weeks before and stayed in country. Homeric. I hope this great nation appreciates these great heroes.

wet dog
12-05-2010, 17:21
RIP Sgt. Kramer. Wounded four weeks before and stayed in country. Homeric. I hope this great nation appreciates these great heroes.

Twin brother in ABN, uncle also in SF.

We missed this in Sept., prayers out to the family. Can someone is 19th Grp reach out and send our love from PS.com?

greenberetTFS
12-05-2010, 17:23
God Bless,Rest in Peace Warrior...............:(

Big Teddy :munchin

JJ_BPK
12-05-2010, 18:11
RIP Warrior, Vaya con Dios..

Tatonka316
12-05-2010, 18:39
Rest in Peace, SGT. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. You will ALWAYS be missed and NEVER forgotten.

molon labe

SF_BHT
12-05-2010, 18:51
RIP SGT Kramer

Red Flag 1
12-05-2010, 19:32
Rest In God's Peace Sgt Kramer, and welcome home.

perdurabo
12-05-2010, 19:37
RIP Sgt Aaron Kramer.

http://militarytimes.com/valor/army-sgt-aaron-k-kramer/4785733/
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700066341/Cottonwood-Heights-man-dies-in-Afghanistan.html

akv
12-05-2010, 20:27
Rest In Peace, and Thank You

aegisnavy
12-05-2010, 20:33
RIP SGT. Kramer, a true Utah hero.

Penn
12-05-2010, 20:42
Blue skies, SGT Kramer May God Bless and keep you always.

rdret1
12-05-2010, 20:52
Rest in Peace Sgt. Kramer. Thank you for your service.

Jgood
12-05-2010, 21:06
RIP

peepee1
12-05-2010, 21:27
RIP SGT Kramer

Rogue
12-06-2010, 08:39
Rest in Peace

jbour13
12-06-2010, 11:09
RIP SGT

FMF DOC
12-06-2010, 11:26
RIP

Gypsy
12-06-2010, 18:31
Rest in Peace SGT Kramer, welcome home.

1stindoor
12-07-2010, 07:29
Rest in peace brother.

jhorrigan
12-07-2010, 21:22
Does anyone know how I acn get in touch with them. I lost my twin brother MSG Robert Horrigan in 2005. I know how he feels to be left behind.

John15:13

KJV1611
12-09-2010, 21:11
I have served with Brandon Kramer, the twin, ever since I have been in the 82nd. He is currently on his way out of the Army and headed back to Utah. An outstanding NCO in our Scout Platoon who also attended Ranger School like his brother. We where on our way back from block leave when I heard the news. I was fortune enough to be able to attend the funeral and see what a great man he was. And how much Brandon and his family loved him. I could tell he will be dearly missed. If anyone is interested in contacting Brandon, just PM. I'll put you in touch.

uplink5
12-09-2010, 21:31
Sgt Kramer, God bless you soldier. RIP Brother