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Dan
08-31-2004, 11:33
Just released to the public today by his grandmother...not the PAO. I can't say more until the PAO releases it.

JACKSON, Miss. - A Mississippi native who was medic of the 5th Special Forces Group was killed Monday in attack on his convoy in Iraq.

Staff Sgt. Aaron Holleyman, 27, died when his vehicle was hit by a land mine, his grandmother, Sylvia Carpenter of Monticello, told the Enterprise-Journal on Tuesday.

He was one of four soldiers in the last vehicle in the convoy. Three other soldiers suffered minor injuries.

Holleyman is the son of Ross and Glenda Holleyman of Carthage. Calls to the Holleyman home went unanswered Tuesday.

The 5th Special Forces Group is based in Fort Campbell, Ky.

Holleyman was the father of three children, ages 5, 3 and 1. Sylvia Carpenter said the children live in Fayetteville, N.C., with their mother.

Sylvia Carpenter said Holleyman had just returned to Iraq in July after being stateside for treatment of injuries received earlier in Iraq. He received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service.

"He had two close calls last year," Sylvia Carpenter said.

In 2003, Holleyman was in a vehicle accident in Iraq and saved the life of one of the soldiers. He also was injured in a separate accident, she said.

"Aaron loved what he was doing. It really was close to his heart," she said. "He felt proud to be doing what he was doing. From the way everything has happened and his attitude, he's just our hero."

Monticello Mayor Dave Nichols said the flag in front of City Hall was at half-staff in honor of Holleyman.

Dan
08-31-2004, 13:14
Special Forces Staff Sgt. Aaron Holleyman, 27, shown in this 2003 family handout photograph died Monday, Aug. 30, 2004, when his vehicle hit a land mine in Iraq. The Mississippi native was a medic with the 5th Special Forces Group from Fort Campbell, Kent. Holleyman is the son of Ross and Glenda Holleyman of Carthage. Miss. (AP Photo/Holleyman Family, File)

Kyobanim
08-31-2004, 13:27
Rest in Peace

Roguish Lawyer
08-31-2004, 13:33
RIP

CPTAUSRET
08-31-2004, 13:35
Blue skies:

Rest In Peace:

Jack Moroney (RIP)
08-31-2004, 13:45
RIP

Airbornelawyer
08-31-2004, 14:34
RIP

Jgood
08-31-2004, 15:23
RIP

Warrior

Sacamuelas
08-31-2004, 15:27
RIP

mffjm8509
08-31-2004, 15:33
RIP

Dan
08-31-2004, 18:33
USASOC Press Release

RELEASE NUMBER: 040831-04
DATE POSTED: AUGUST 31, 2004

PRESS RELEASE: Special Forces sergeant killed in Iraq

U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs Office

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Aug. 31, 2004) — An Army Special Forces Soldier died Aug. 30 near Khutayiah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device exploded near his vehicle.

Staff Sgt. Aaron N. Holleyman, 26, a Special Forces medical sergeant assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, Ky., was participating in a combat patrol when the IED was detonated.

Three other Soldiers on the patrol were wounded by the blast and later returned to duty.

Holleyman, a native of Glasgow, Mont., enlisted in the Army in June 1996 as an infantryman. After completing infantry and airborne training at Fort Benning, Ga., he was assigned to Fort Bragg, N.C., in November 1996 as a platoon armorer in the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

After being selected for Special Forces training in 2000, Holleyman was assigned to Fort Bragg’s 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) in January 2001.

Upon completion of his training as an SF medical sergeant, he was assigned to the 5th SFG in September 2003. Shortly after arriving at the unit, Holleyman deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

He deployed in support of OIF for a second time in July 2004.

Holleyman’s military education includes the Special Forces Qualification Course, the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, the Basic Airborne Course, the Combat Life Saver Course and the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Combat Medical Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Driver and Mechanic Badge, the Parachutist Badge and the Special Forces Tab.

Holleyman is survived by two daughters and a son in Fayetteville, N.C.; his brother, Pfc. Daniel M. Holleyman of the Mississippi Army National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne); and his parents, Ross and Glenda Holleyman, of Carthage, Miss.

- usasoc -

Biography of Staff Sgt. Aaron N. Holleyman: ( .pdf ) (http://www.soc.mil/News/releases/04AUG/USASFC_holleyman_bio.pdf)

The Reaper
08-31-2004, 19:46
RIP, SSG.

You will not be forgotten.

Prayers out.

TR

Radar Rider
09-01-2004, 02:33
Rest In Peace.

God Bless Your Family.

Martinez
09-01-2004, 20:17
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18C4V
09-03-2004, 00:37
RIP

Doc
09-03-2004, 00:43
RIP

DOL

Dan
09-03-2004, 12:01
The memorial service for SSG Aaron N. Holleyman is scheduled for Wednesday,
September 8, 11AM @ Memorial Chapel.

BamBam
09-03-2004, 14:28
REST IN PEACE, BROTHER