THE DEDICATION OF A MONUMENT HONORING NAVY SEAL AARON VAUGHN; Congressional Record Vol. 159, No. 8
(Extensions of Remarks - January 23, 2013)

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      THE DEDICATION OF A MONUMENT HONORING NAVY SEAL AARON VAUGHN

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                          HON. PATRICK MURPHY

                               of florida

                    in the house of representatives

                      Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  Mr. MURPHY of Florida. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life 
and legacy of Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn, whose memory was recently honored 
by a monument being dedicated in tribute to his service and sacrifice 
at the Sailfish Splash Water Park in Stuart, Florida.
  It is most appropriate that the memorial is located at the Sailfish 
Splash Water Park. As Aaron's mother, Karen Vaughn, described at the 
memorial service, it is ``most fitting since inside those gates there 
will always be living, breathing representations of the things Aaron 
held most dear--love, laughter, family, friends and fun.''
  Aaron Vaughn grew up in Florida's 18th Congressional district, where 
he attended Martin County High School and was a member of the football 
team. Aaron then received his Associate's Degree from Indian River 
State College, studying turf grass science. Aaron later enlisted in the 
Navy and became a member of the elite Navy SEALs.
  Aaron bravely served as a Navy SEAL, a lifelong dream of his. Aaron's 
father, Billy Vaughn, said that ``the commander of SEAL Team Six said 
he was a fearless leader who was headed to the top.'' In August 2011, 
Aaron lost his life when his helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan.
  Mr. Speaker, Aaron Vaughn dedicated his life to this country and I am 
proud that the city of Stuart has recognized his service by dedicating 
this memorial in his honor. It is truly humbling to recognize his life 
and his great service to our country here today.

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