First Lieutenant Vandegrift was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force based in Camp Lejeune, NC. He was killed during combat operations in Basra, Iraq on April 21, 2008, four days after his 28th birthday.
He joined the Marine Corp in 2005 upon graduating from Texas A&M with a degree in international business. Although he grew up in Austin Texas, he called Littleton Colorado his home. He was known for working hard and putting other first.
2nd Lt. John Vaughan was with the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, based out of Fort Wainwright Alaska. John was killed on June 7 2006 during dismounted combat operations in Mosul Iraq. He was 23 years old.
John was from Edwards Colorado and graduated from Battle Mountain High School in 2001. He went on to graduate from Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University in Dayton Beach Florida. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 2005. He was an avid outdoors man and loved spending time fly-fishing, skiing and four wheeling.
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