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Jack Aring 1945 - 2013

Jack Aring

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Jack and I spent most of our active duty military time assigned to the same units. This was very unusual back then. The Chinook helicopter unit we were assigned to deployed to Vietnam in March 1967 and was known as the "Pachyderms" . We were in Vietnam until April 1968.

About 10 years ago some former unit members organized a reunion. Jack and I attended the first reunion and annually after that. It was held in many locations, often around Army bases on the East Coast. We had a great time as we renewed friendships from 40 plus years ago. Jack attended the last reunion in June of this year. The travel was very hard on him this time, but he wanted to make the trip.

Our group shown a lot of concern and compassion for Jack and I think this was part of the reason he would put aside his discomfort and make the trip.

Garry Ledbetter, our group leader, and asked me what the Pachyderms could do in Jack's memory. He suggested a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project. I talked this over with Dona and she thought this was a great idea.

An email to the Pachyderms was sent out and donations from the group collected. The group collected $300 that was sent to the Wounded Warrior Project in Jack's name.

I'm sure this brought a smile to Jack's face!

Thanks to all my Pachyderm brothers.

Mike McDonnell
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Dona, Britton, and Taran,

Our deepest sympathy and love goes out to the three of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Jack was such a strong and courageous fighter! He will be missed by so many people.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Dona and Family,
I will always remember Jack from my days in the Medium Helicopter Repairer Course at Paine Field. He was a great instructor and it was my pleasure to have known him. You have my deepest sympathy and may god be with you in these most difficult days and weeks ahead.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Dona, Britt and Taran,
I am so very sorry about Jack. He was such a great person. I have some very fond memories of Jack at Paine Field and Fort Lewis. And of our many, many vanpool trips back and forth to Fort Lewis. Jack always had such great stories to keep us all entertained on those very long commutes. One memory that I will never forget is the day that we stopped at the Ft. Lewis mini PX one morning. I was the driver that day and I didn't know Jack got out. I asked if we had everyone and Baldwin told me yes so I went on to work. When we get there, we realize no Jack! So I dropped everyone off and immediately went back to the store. No Jack! I looked all over the store and the parking lot and couldn't find him anywhere. So I went back to work and found out that he called and someone else went to pick him up. When I asked him why he didn't wait for me to come back, he told me that he didn't think we would notice that he was missing. We laughed about that for awhile. Thank goodness Jack was such an easy going guy and had such a great sense of humor. Thank you for sharing all of your great pictures with us. May all of the great memories and stories about Jack bring you comfort in the difficult days and weeks ahead. Jack touched so many people. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Dona,Britt,Taran,So sad to of here the news about Jack. We will remember all the
good days riding our dirt bikes making new trails eating lots of dirt, and coal dust. The best part of riding was finishing at the old #9 tavern with cold beer. the good times, RIP Jack.
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