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Friday, February 08, 2008

2008 Honoree - Army Cpl. Aaron M Griner

Army Corporal Aaron M. Griner, age 24, died June 28, 2006 in Musa Qala, Afghanistan, while in support of Operation Mountain Thrust, when his vehicle struck a mine during combat operations. Aaron was was a health care specialist assigned to Headquarters, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) Fort Drum, New York

A native of Tampa, former student at Tampa Bay Tech, and an avid soccer player at Town N' Country's Hanley Complex, Griner entered the Army in February 2004 and completed basic training at Fort Sill, Okla. After completing advanced individual training to be a combat medic at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, he was assigned to Fort Drum in September 2004. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 'V' Device, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and the Combat Medic Badge.

Aaron is survived by his wife Amanda and their young son Austin of New York; his mother Anita Bridges of Atlanta; two sisters, Annie VanHorn of Brandon and Megan Griner of Atlanta Georgia; and his father Ernest Griner of Tampa. Aarons family will ride in the Honorees car leading the parade.

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  • At 6:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I served with Aaron in 3rd platoon charlie company 2-87 inf, I was there when the tragity happend, we were good friends and i wont ever forget what he did for all of us and this country

    CPL King

  • At 12:03 PM, Anonymous Kendall Riggs said…

    I was on operation mountain thrust.We made friends by offering a cigarette to each other in an Afghan compound in musa quela that we stayed at for a week or so. An oustanding Man. I will never forget that. To his loved ones God Bless.

    SPC. Riggs
    TF Catamount
    Fco. Recovery/Mechanic

  • At 6:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    sI also served with Aaron in 3rd plt Charlie co. not a day goes by we don't think of him. He came to my squad in florida, stuck with our platoon the whole way, and met up with us in Afghanistan.
    I took that picture during our operation in Chalas valley and I'm glad to see it's the one being used in remembrance of our close friend.

    SSG Behan

  • At 11:49 AM, Anonymous J. Tenenblatt said…

    Today I did Run For the Fallen in Ruskin. Cpl. Griner was the solider that I ran in memory of. Thank you Cpl. Griner for serving our country and giving your life for our freedom. You will be remembered!

  • At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Served with Aaron and will never forget...until we meet again

    SGT Hrehowsik

  • At 9:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Awesome dude and missed by the Outlaws he watched over. Will never forget that day, or the good times our platoon had.

    SGT Hrehowsik


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