Aaron N. Holleyman
Staff Sgt. Aaron N. Holleyman
26, from Glasgow, Montana
KIA 30 August 2004 near Khutayiah, Iraq
ODA 531, Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, (Airborne)
based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Monday, 30 August 2004
Staff Sgt. Aaron N. Holleyman, a Special Forces Medical Sergeant on ODA 531, Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) based at Fort Campbell, Ky. was killed in action during Operation Iraqi Freedom on Aug. 30, 2004, near Khutayiah, Iraq, when his four-Humvee convoy was traveling down a dry riverbed Monday and an explosive device detonated near his Humvee. Three other Soldiers with ODA 531 on the patrol were wounded by the blast and later returned to duty.
Shortly after arriving at Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, Ky. as Medical Sergeant on ODA 531.
Staff Sgt. Holleyman deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in October 2003 and had his first brush with danger a month later, when a roadside explosive device fashioned from a rocket hit his Humvee on a patrol. The detonation broke Holleyman's eardrums and seriously wounded another soldier. Upon his return home in February 2004, doctors determined that Holleyman was legally deaf and fitted him with hearing aids. the father of three returned to Iraq for his second tour July 12. .
After spending time with his family, Staff Sgt. Holleyman deployed for a second time to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 12 July 2004.
Aaron N. Holleyman was born in Rankin County
Montana and attended school in Clinton, Montana. He later graduated from
High School in Glasgow. He enlisted in the Army immediately after High
School in 1996.
By Three Children, Two Daughters and a Son, ages 5, 2 and 1, and his ex-wife, Gayla Holleyman of Fayetteville, N.C.
He also is survived by his Grandmother, Sylvia Carpenter of Monticello, a Sister, Kelly, 25, and his Brother, Pfc. Daniel M. Holleyman of the 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Mississippi Army National Guard.