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  • Honoring Corporal Andrew A. Aimesbury

    by Senator Jeanne Shaheen

    Posted on 2015-12-18

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    SHAHEEN. Mr. President, I have come to the floor to honor the service and sacrifice of Army CPL Andrew Aimesbury, who died last week from wounds sustained during squad live-fire training at Fort Stewart, GA. He was a proud son of New Hampshire, and I join with other Granite Staters in extending my deep condolences to his father, Carl Aimesbury, of Somersworth; his mother, Karen Kelsey, of Dover; and his sister, Abigail Aimesbury, also of Dover.

    Corporal Aimesbury served courageously in Afghanistan and was highly respected as a warrior and team leader with an elite Ranger unit. His battalion commander praised his ``caring nature'' and called him ``an exceptional Ranger leader and an extraordinary man.'' It is deeply moving to read a post on Facebook by his father, Carl Aimesbury. Mr. Aimesbury wrote: ``Wednesday December 9th the world lost the best son, brother, cousin, grandson, person that I was so privileged to call my son. He was an Army Ranger and so proud to serve his country. My heart is broken but I am so thankful for the time I had with him. I love you Andrew.'' As we honor Andrew, let us remember that it is not only our warriors who serve and sacrifice but also their family members and loved ones.

    Corporal Aimesbury represented the very best in our Nation. After graduation from Dover High School in Dover, NH, he enlisted in the Army and trained as an infantryman at Fort Benning, GA. He went on to complete the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program as well as the highly demanding Army Ranger Course and was assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

    Soldiers typically flinch from the term ``hero.'' But make no mistake, Andrew Aimesbury answered the call of duty, served our Nation in time of war, and was prepared to--and did--make the ultimate sacrifice. If that is not heroism, I don't know what is.

    There is an inscription at Arlington National Cemetery that pretty much says it all: ``Not for fame or reward, nor lured by ambition or goaded by necessity, but in simple obedience to duty.'' I join with people in New Hampshire and across the United States in honoring the ``simple obedience to duty'' of this brave fallen soldier, CPL Andrew Aimesbury.


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