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Soldier from Oregon Killed in Iraq

Mike Vaughan is the third soldier from Oregon's coastal Lincoln County, to die in the fighting in Iraq over the past six weeks.

Mike Vaughan photo
Photo courtesy: Vaughan family

(OTIS, Ore. ) - A soldier from the small Oregon coastal city of Otis was one of nine American who were killed when a suicide bomber struck a patrol base north of Baghdad Monday.

20-year-old Mike Vaughan was a member of the 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Monday’s attack was the deadliest attack on the 82nd Airborne since 1969.

Twenty other soldiers were injured in Monday’s attack in the small town of Sadah, U.S. officials said.

Vaughan’s family says he wanted to join the Army to follow in his father's footsteps. Vaughan's father served in Desert Storm.

According to the AP, Vaughan is the third Lincoln County soldier to die in Iraq in the past six weeks. Lance Cpl. Nathanial Windsor, 20, of Newport died March 11th and Sgt. Nicholas Lightner, 29, of Toledo died March 21st.

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Rosenberg May 3, 2007 7:51 am (Pacific time)

I am kidding about cooking the bait for soup...

Rosenberg May 1, 2007 12:49 am (Pacific time)

Yeah I've got some "coffee cups" I purchased from the jaycee's when they celebrated the new Alsea Bridge opening. Take my younger grandkids crabbing off the pier in Waldport. Use chicken in the traps, seals don't take that bait, and later still cooks up a nice broth for those winter colds the kids get. Multi-tasking bait. Sorry about your bad luck with the M-16, I never used it much (but it was good for me when I used it, lucky I guess), preferred something else (not GI issue), but certainly the Colt 45 was with me, still is, but a Glock now.

S. LaMarche; April 30, 2007 9:17 pm (Pacific time)

Rosenberg.,I was an 0311 ground pounder, crossed at Camp Lejuene in the naunces of the Maremont M-60, unloaded they weighed 22 pounds, I won't forget. In the Nam I had a handed down M-16 initially, (it failed for me and the previous owner whom I was replacing), an M-14 and eventually an M-79 with the Colt 45 side arm. My Dad sent me a .357 Smith and Wesson just before I obtained the M-14 from a friend rotating home., and it was the peak of my confidance. I feel I never quite got "over" it or back to that point, confidence wise, so ended up back in Asia. Actually I am presently on the chart at 99 deg 30'long. and 10 deg. 30' lat., and expect to be here for the duration. Thank you for the offer though., I'd take you up on it if I was there. And I worked for the contractor that built the new span over the Alsea as a welder-pilebuck, in late 91', early 92',out of the Ironworkers local #29, and the Carpenters local #51, when I lived in Lincoln City. I can tell you they did it right!, so drive over the bay with confidance cause it was built with qualified hands! The dozens of 24" diameter pilings holding up the "Y" legs ar driven 40 to 60 feet below the river bottom in each of the seven cells, and filled with concrete before the "Y" is poured! Anyway, the future is becoming more interesting, is it not? To you and yours, Peace.

Rosenberg April 30, 2007 12:57 pm (Pacific time)

LaMarche, what was your miltary specialty in Vietnam. I have a lot of friends in the Lincoln City to Waldport area. Even my children own ocean front property in the area, with some property having been in the family since the 1880's. You ever go to the Newport American Legion? See you there and I'll buy you a meal young man...

S.LaMarche; April 27, 2007 6:51 pm (Pacific time)

To Mr. and Mrs. Vaughan and family, I want you to know your son is truly not forgotten, tears have flowed on this side of the globe over him, I am from Lincoln City-Rose Lodge area as are the Kings who own S-N, and I can safely say that thay too are moved to sadness over this, knowing so many of the people in Otis area. If I was at the Otis Cafe I'd have a standing offer to pay for any meal any Iraq-Afghanistan veteren ordered! I can't tell you how helpless I feel but you must know that others care very much what happens, and it could have been our kids too. He is honored. His photo is to be moved to my "desktop" with others who are part of my "extended family". I am so sorry it's impossible to speak.

Hank Ruark April 27, 2007 9:37 am (Pacific time)

Rosy: Per standing deal here, if you ID-self to Editor for direct contact, be happy to pursue this further with documented fact from irrepressible sources. When you do, I will then so inform all-here; if you do NOT, then lack-of-report will clear the air and the record for all on this channel.

Rosenberg April 27, 2007 8:40 am (Pacific time)

HR may I say you provide substance to that expression about " them more rope..." LOL You are very easy to extrapolate.

Hank Ruark April 27, 2007 6:25 am (Pacific time)

Rosy: Long ago learned that if one is patient enough, those with your viewpoints will always shoot themselves right in the ===youknowwhere. Good to see it coming true once again... Keep talkin', kid, you doin' right well on reflecting yr true image.

Albert Marnell April 26, 2007 2:49 pm (Pacific time)


Rosenberg April 26, 2007 2:37 pm (Pacific time)

You cannot take care of yourself by yourself...nor can paper target shooter. Great that you think you can though...

Albert Marnell April 26, 2007 11:07 am (Pacific time)

Rosenberg, My comfort is provided by me. I had to watch two sets of parents die in front of me. One death was accidental. I do not think I have to see a dead citizen of another land or soldier when I saw my own mother's head smashed in from a blunt impact. I have seen everyone die at a relatively early age. You do not know my ilk and what I will do if push comes to shove. What do you know of the Federal Reserve, central banks and their private ownership. What do you know of other cultures that are not third world? G.I. Joe and Yes Sir! I can think and take care of myself. I have experienced and seen the worst in life in this country and do not need to go overseas to know what life and death is about.

Rosenberg April 26, 2007 8:49 am (Pacific time)

I'm not that type of contractor Marnell. Your dirth of life experience would preclude someone of your ilk to grasp what the real world out there is really like. Your comfort and safety is provided by people you will never appreciate...

S.LaMarche; April 26, 2007 12:14 am (Pacific time)

D.O.D. reports indicate Marine L/cpl Dale Peterson of Redmond,Oregon, was killed in Anbar province,Iraq on 23 April. You are not forgotten.

Salem Family April 25, 2007 8:21 pm (Pacific time)

Our prayers are with his family today. May he RIP!

Albert Marnell April 25, 2007 6:59 pm (Pacific time)

RC Rosenberg, Look whose talking fool! Sheeeeeesh! By the way RC, if you are not doing anything next week, my place could use a touch up painting.

S.LaMarche; April 25, 2007 5:54 pm (Pacific time)

PFC Vaughn, I'm sorry for you and your family. You are not forgotten!

RC April 25, 2007 5:47 pm (Pacific time)

Marnell: Sheeeeeesh!

Albert Marnell April 25, 2007 4:43 pm (Pacific time)

Sue, They sleep very well. People like you and I still have real feelings. I have found the higher up you go, generally the people with the most power rationalize. Ken Lay is a good example.

Sue April 25, 2007 3:42 pm (Pacific time)

I am so sorry for the family. I appreciate his service. How does Bush and Cheney sleep at night? RIP

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