UDT-Navy Seal Museum in St. Lucie County is not a sponsor of the Arron Vaughn annual frogman swim this year. Billy and Karen Vaughn, who reside on Florida’s gold coast, started a fundraising event to support Operation 300, a summer camp for the children of fallen members of the US military. Operation 300 honors their son Aaron who was killed in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011 during what has become known as the failed mission of Extortion 17, the callsign of the helicopter Arron and his fellow SEAL Team VI comrades perished in when it was shot down by a Taliban fighter.
In May WDW – FL reported on a press conference held in Washington, D.C. addressing the Extortion 17 mission.
Three families of Navy SEAL Team VI special forces servicemen, along with one family of an Army National Guardsman, will appear at a press conference on May 9, 2013, to disclose never before revealed information about how and why their sons along with 26 others died in a fatal helicopter crash in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011, just a few months after the successful raid on the compound of Osama Bin Laden that resulted in the master terrorist’s death. The event will be held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Among the families there were Billy and Karen Vaughn from Florida, the parents of fallen Navy SEAL Team VI member Aaron Vaughn.
Accompanying the families of these dead Navy SEAL Team VI special operations servicemen were retired military experts verifying their accounts of how and why the government is as much responsible for the deaths of their sons as is the Taliban. Among the military experts in attendance were: Adm. James A. “Ace” Lyons, Jr., LTG William G. “Jerry” Boykin, LTG Thomas G. “Tom” McInerney, MG Paul E. Vallely and former Navy SEAL Benjamin Smith.
The event was captured in full by TrentoVision.TV.
NBC News Channel 5 did a story on how suddenly when the Vaughn’s speak out and want more information about the death of their son, they are being shut out of the SEAL community. Watch this short video interview with Karen Vaughn. “Those questions have apparently rubbed some people the wrong way and we’ve had some retribution from military leaders and others for speaking out,” said Vaughn. Read more.
The Vaughn’s have joined other families whose sons died on Extortion 17 in a quest for more answers to what happened and why did their sons have to die on a mission that was ill conceived and poorly supported with covering fire. Is their freedom to question the US Navy and the Pentagon being stifled? Given all that is happening with Benghazi, the IRS, NSA, DOJ, and Attorney General, this question is not unwarrented.