MAJ Jay T. Aubin

Maj Jay T. Aubin

MAJ. JAY T. AUBIN

Hometown / City: WATERVILLE, ME KENNEBEC
Date of Death: Friday, March 21, 2003
Conflict: Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq)
Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
Rank: Maj.
Unit: MAWTS-1, 3D MAW, MCAS YUMA, AZ

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Birth: Aug. 8, 1966
Waterville
Kennebec County
Maine, USA
Death: Mar. 21, 2003

Marine Major Aubin was assigned to the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. Killed in a CH-46E helicopter crash. Family members describe Aubin, the eldest of three boys, as a ramrod straight arrow, the sort who never drank or smoked and who pursued a plan seemingly mapped from birth. "He loved aviation," said his father, Thomas Aubin. He often strapped his son into the seat beside him from the time the boy was 2. When he was 4 or 5, Jay sat on the tires of airplanes the father was attempting to sell, doing little good for the cause as he ticked off the problems with the planes as potential buyers looked them over. "I had to tell him, 'Don't tell them everything that's wrong with the airplane,' " said Thomas. When Jay graduated from high school in Skowhegan, he wanted to go to college, but money was short. He enlisted in the Marines and served four years, based in California, where he worked as a helicopter mechanic. There he met his wife, Rhonda, a fellow Marine. The pair had two children. Jay was so kind, so friendly that his Marine buddies nicknamed him “Sweet Pea. He was remembered as a sweet and gentle man, devoted to his family and to the Marine Corps.

Burial:
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA
Plot: Section A-E, Site 1282

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