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September 10, 2004



My heart goes out to this family for their loss.


I am so sorry Jen.... The pics you posted were beautiful! I know he is looking down on you right now and he is very happy and proud of your beautiful post remembering him!!!! (((((Thank you for sharing this)))))
With love~


Oh ((((((Jen)))))) Thank you so much for sharing your story and pictures of this brave young man. I have said a prayer for his family.



(((Jen))) I am so sorry - what a bittersweet story.

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Sandi P.

I am so sorry for the loss of your friend, Jen. I will be praying for you as you grieve and for his family as they mourn the loss of their brave hero!

Think of how blessed you are to have known this young man!

Hope your weekend goes well!


My first kiss/semi-boyfriend was killed in Iraq a few months ago. I literally thought my heart had stopped when I saw it on the news.

I can't get past how PROUD Aaron looks in his enlistment photo. My heart breaks for his wife and kids, and you Jen. I'm so sorry.

Wishing you peace-


thinking of you, hope jake had a wonderful bday!


My deepest sympathies, Jen. He and his family are in my prayers. :(



I've just read your recent posts since I was gone... Wow. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. I know it must be devastating to his family, but I cannot even imagine being in his wife's shoes. How incredibly sad. Thank you for sharing your story. I will be praying for the Holleyman family and for you too.



Thanks for the wonderful tribute to Aaron. The Holleymans are members of my church (Trinity Baptist in Carthage, MS) and my friends. Aaron's service was at our church with over 200 people in attendance. It was a very fitting tribute to a wonderful soldier. The Holleymans have shown our church family true faith. They are amazing and their strength rests in the savior that they put their trust in. Please continue to pray for this family in the days ahead and for all our soldiers in harm's way and the families that won't have their soldiers coming home. Thanks for the pictures also. I so enjoyed them.


The Holleyman's lived in our neighborhood when they lived in Glasgow. I was so touched by your tribute to Aaron. My son Tyler & Aaron graduated together and had some good times. My heart still aches when I think of him and the lose of such a wonderful young man. The Holleyman's are in my continued prayers.


I too knew aaroon. We were childhood friends growing up in clinton, ms. Thank you so much for your words. We truly lost a hero that day. I will always love him and miss Aaron forever.


Please remember the three children we had together as well as my two older children he was stepfather to. They loved him dearly, and still mourn for him. I still mourn for him as well. Our oldest daughter Erin Michelle, she doesn't know that her daddy isn't coming back. To her....daddy is just gone, but will return someday to see her. Shelby, and Zach are too young to realize what has happened. They will have no memory of their father, but I have pictures of him in out living room, so that the kids can see his face everday, and know who he is. The one yr. anniversary of his death, this August 30th....we made his favorite cake in memory of him. I remember when I carried the flag home on a plane back to NC. We all shed tears. We were married for almost 7 years.

marty howard

Jen-- thanks for the stories of you and Aaron growing up. I grew up with Ross and his family in Mulberry,Florida and your stories sound very much like the family I grew up knowing. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts. Marty


This is totally random, but I found this post by googling Aaron's name. I didn't know he had died until I received an email from our high school reunion committee, who were working on a memorial for our classmates who have passed on. The second line of your post ("All the the little girls at camp had a crush on him") really made me smile, because I had a crush on him, too, a looong time ago. I was going through some old diaries recently, and transcribed some of the entries. One included Aaron, and it is here, the last line of the entry:

I misspelled his name, but hey, I was only eleven. :)

Anyway, I was really sad to hear that he was killed in Iraq. I enjoyed reading your post to see what Aaron had been doing since he moved on from Clinton. I hate that his family is having to cope with losing him. Kids should never have to deal with losing a parent.

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