Houlton Green Beret dies from IED injury in Afghanistan

Posted Oct. 02, 2012, at 10:54 a.m.
Last modified Oct. 02, 2012, at 12:36 p.m.
Aaron A. Henderson
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Aaron A. Henderson

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Army Special Forces soldier born in Houlton has succumbed to wounds from an improvised explosive device suffered Sunday while he was on patrol in Afghanistan, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud said in a statement issued Tuesday morning.

Sgt. 1st Class Aaron A. Henderson, 33, a member of A Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, leaves behind family in Maine.

“He was on patrol and flown to base” after he was injured and died Monday, Capt. Chris Elgee, spokesman for the Maine Army National Guard, said Tuesday.

Henderson died at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

“This is heartbreaking news, and my thoughts and prayers are with SFC Henderson’s family,” Michaud said in a statement. “This tragedy reminds us of the dangerous conditions so many deployed Americans continue to operate under overseas. I know the greater Houlton community and the entire state of Maine will come together to offer support to SFC Henderson’s family during this incredibly difficult time.”

He was active duty member of the elite Green Berets, Gilman said. His death was not yet listed on the Department of Defense casualties list.

“He was part of a Special Forces Group that has a long history of defending our nation, and his brave service on behalf of us all will never be forgotten,” Michaud said.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story contained inaccurate information in a statement from U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud. Sgt. 1st Class Aaron A. Henderson died Monday, not Tuesday, and was injured Sunday, not Sept. 12.

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