Thank you, John. Semper Fi!

Happy Veterans Day to John Stephen Vaughan

1991: Saudi Arabia during Desert Shield just before it became known as Desert Storm. John, 23, is sitting in an Assault Amphibian Vehicle (AAV).

2002: Camp Pendleton Marine Base with wife Tammy, and sons Braden and Colin.

April 2004: Camp Taqaddum, Iraq. John, 37, with now MGySgt Pankievich and CWO-3 Kirchner (both still serving) posing in front of Assault Amphibian Vehicles before heading out to FOBs in Al Asad and Al Qaim, Iraq.

Christmas Card 2006: Sons Colin and Braden in their fatigues; Tammy and John at a Marine Ball.

2007: Marine Ball. Tammy and John Vaughan.

Thanksgiving 2010: After 23 years in the U.S. Marines, John is a homeowner and civilian at last.


Copyright © 2011 Patricia Desmond Biallas

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6 Responses to Thank you, John. Semper Fi!

  1. Meg Biallas says:

    Mom – this is a nice photo montage! We are so thankful for John and Tammy’s service. I think it would be great for next Veteran’s Day to look back on relatives who have served in other wars, as well.

    • Thanks, Meg! Great idea! We do have a few others I know about: my mom’s brother (Uncle George Donar) who served in both the Army AND Navy during WWII; my uncle Dave Paden who served during WWI in the French ambulance corps with the Lafayette Escadrille; Edward Kennedy Jr. who served in the Spanish-American War of 1898; and of course his father (also named Edward Kennedy) and another great-grandfather (William Donar Sr.) who both served in the Civil War. We also can’t forget those vets in the family who fortunately did not have to go to war but served just the same: my big brother Gerry Desmond Jr., (Air Force); nephews Michael Brault and Mark Vaughan (both in Marines), and of course, John Vaughan’s wife, Tammy, who was also a Marine with John. I sure hope I haven’t overlooked anyone, and hope someone will point it out if I have. They are all heroes to me.

  2. Paul Vaughan says:

    Great post!! Thanks!1

  3. JV says:

    Tammy and I are absolutely overwhelmed. Thank you for posting this. The support from ALL of our families was outstanding throughout our career!

    You’re the best!
    J, T, C, & B

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