August 18, 2017

Aaron Butler - U.S. Military Fatality - Afghanistan

Aaron Butler
Staff Sgt. Aaron R. Butler, age 27, of Monticello, Utah, died in the line of duty on August 16, 2017, in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Butler was assigned to the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), based at Camp Williams, Utah.

Tragically, Aaron died of injuries suffered from an explosion in a booby-trapped building that he and his team had entered.

Aaron was serving in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel which is the U.S. military action against terrorism in Afghanistan.

Aaron graduated from Monticello High School in 2008. During his high school years, he was a wrestling champion in state competitions. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served a mission in Ghana. Aaron graduated with honors from the Army's Green Beret Special Forces Qualifications Course in January of 2016. 
Angels of God, pray for Aaron and for those
who have lost him. 

Aaron's family stated: “The Army values are: ‘Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless-Service, Honor, Integrity, Personal Courage’. Aaron Butler personified those values in everything he said and did. In a life that was all too brief, our dear son and brother made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. While we are heartbroken to become a Gold Star family, we honor Aaron’s service and sacrifice. Aaron was a strength to us, an inspiration to those around him, and a joy to have in our family.”

Aaron's military comrades are in mourning over the death of their brother. He was a true patriot. He was a professional. He was one of the good guys. He will be forever remembered.

Aaron's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. Aaron was absolutely fearless, selfless, courageous and relentless. He was greatly loved. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Oceans of tears have been shed for Aaron.

Aaron is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his parents and seven siblings. 

Thank you for your service to America, Aaron.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die in a foreign land, far from their loved ones.

Pray that Aaron is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Pray, without ceasing, unto God for an end to all War. It is enough.

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