SN Aaron N. Redd
Hometown: Stafford, VA.
Age: 21 years old
Died: July 6, 2016
Unit: USCG Training Center, Cape May, NJ.
Seaman Aaron N. Redd, United States Coast Guard, son of Franklin and Eileen (Gavagan) Redd of Stafford, Va., lived Jan. 19, 1995, to July 6, 2016.
Aaron graduated from Colonial Forge High School in 2014 and attended a semester at West Virginia University before realizing a call to serve a purpose greater than himself. Aaron fulfilled his dream of becoming a member of the Coast Guard. He wanted to save lives, and now, his incredibly strong, beautiful heart continues to beat on through the Gift of Life Foundation.
Aaron is survived by his parents, Franklin and Eileen Redd; and his brothers, Evan and Khristiane. He leaves behind his maternal grandmother, Alberta Gavagan (Emah) of Wayne, N.J.; his dearest cousins, aunts, uncles, great-aunts and great-uncles. In addition to his family tree, Aaron was loved by his Hubbard Court family, Augustine family and the United States Coast Guard family.
To the United States Coast Guard, we are eternally grateful that Aaron is your brother. Thank you for standing guard over him. His mission is complete. Know that he stands guard. Semper Paratus.
A Note from the Family of Aaron N. Redd
Aaron had a dream to be a Coast Guardsman. He wanted to save lives and be part of something bigger than himself. On June 28, 2016, he began that dream when he and his fellow Recruits set foot on the grounds of the Cape May Training Center in New Jersey. He was ready to serve his Country.
Only a few days later, without warning or explanation, he collapsed on the training course. On July 6, with his family and new Coast Guard family by his bedside, Aaron passed away. By donating his heart through the Gift of Life Donor Program, Aaron was able to fulfill his purpose as a Coastie and save a life.
Aaron was larger than life. He was witty, fun loving, and smart; and we will miss him every moment of every day. His family and friends have experienced first-hand, the love and support of the Coast Guard family. From the moment Aaron was admitted to the hospital, until his final day on Earth, the Coast Guard stood guard over him.
On August 19th, posthumously, Aaron became an honorary graduate of Delta Company 193 and is forever a U.S. Coast Guardsman. Today, he has an Eagle’s-eye view and stands guard over all those he loved.
He has honored his family and friends. Now we are privileged to honor Aaron and 1500 of his shipmates who have lost their lives in the performance of duty by supporting the CGEMF [www.cgemf.org]. The Memorial is planned for construction on the grounds of Training Center Cape May, NJ, the current birthplace of the Service’s enlisted corps. It is our goal to reach the $150,000 that the CGEMF still needs to build the Memorial where Aaron’s name, along with his fallen shipmates, will be displayed forever. We Need Your Help!
Our sadness is beyond comprehension, so we are finding ways to uplift our own hearts and those of his family and friends who loved him by investing our energies into something truly meaningful, this First Annual CG Classic.
We have several options available for you to support us from donating monetarily to the non-profit CGEMF, to sponsoring at our Golf Tournament, to providing an Auction or Raffle item, with the proceeds going to the Foundation.
We are grateful to our entire extended family and faithful friends for supporting us on our journey to celebrate Aaron’s life – now and always. We appreciate your kindness and generosity by playing and sponsoring in the tournament and by donating to the CGEMF. Our hearts are full.
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