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Age:   23
Hometown: Pell City, AL
Date of Death: 6/21/2005
Incident Location: Ramadi, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Spc.
Unit: 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantr
Unit's Base: Fort Carson, Colo.

As a 10-year-old, Brian Vaughn was already confident of his ability to save lives after he received first-aid certifications. His mother, Terry Savage, said Vaughn took that confidence with him into the Army when he became a medic. "Anytime we saw a wreck, he was like, `Mom, stop the car. I'm trained. I have a card,'" she said. "He knew no fear." Vaughn, 23, of Pell City, Ala., died June 21 of small-arms fire in Iraq. He was stationed at Fort Carson. Vaughn's aunt, Cheryl Vaughn, believes Vaughn's fearlessness would have prevented him from choosing a course in life other than the one that led him to service in Iraq. "If he knew how it was going to end up I think he still would have gone over there," she said. Savage said Vaughn had not been home in almost two years and she had encouraged him to take some leave time, but Vaughn chose to continue working. "He said, `I can't leave my guys because if something happens to them I have to be there to take care of them,'" Savage said. "He felt like they were his responsibility."
Source: Associated Press
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