Thousands honor Aaron Aamot

Published on Tue, Nov 17, 2009
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Video by Karl King

Thousands of Whatcom County residents and well-wishers showed up Thursday, November 12, to honor fallen soldier Spc. Aaron Aamot, 22, of Custer.

Aamot was a Custer resident and 2006 Ferndale high school graduate who was killed in Afghanistan November 5 after the vehicle he was traveling in drove over an improvised explosive device in the road.

Shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday, his body was flown into Bellingham International Airport on a chartered flight. From there, he was transferred with military honors to a hearse for transport to Moles Funeral Home in Ferndale.

A motorcade of police vehicles, a U.S. Army blackhawk helicopter and several dozen motorcycles traveled north from Bellingham on I-5 and continued through Ferndale on Main Street.

In a statement released last week, Department of Defense said Spc. Aaron Aamot, 22, died along with Spc. Gary Gooch Jr., 22, of Ocala, Florida, while on duty in Jelewar, Afghanistan.

The soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division in Fort Lewis.

His parents are Mark and Julie Aamot of Custer.