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Colonel Aharon Aharonian, USAF, Retired, went home to be with the Lord on May 3, 2013. He was born on September 6, 1928, in Worcester, Massachusetts. After graduating from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Aharon joined the Air Force and was sent to pilot training class in Bryan, Texas. He flew several different aircraft, but his favorite was the HH-53B (a large helicopter), affectionately known as the Jolly Green. While stationed in Southeast Asia, Aharon and his crew rescued six people from dense jungle at great risk to themselves; these areas were always quite full of enemy. Among the many medals he was awarded, were the Distinguished Flying Cross with one oak leaf cluster and the Legion of Merit. His undying love for God and His blessings were his strength. This was evidenced by the tenderness and compassion he gave to children, animals and the poor. Aharon is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Joreen, his daughter, Jean Ann and his granddaughter Chelsea. The Memorial service to honor a life well-lived and the man well-loved will be held at Hope Chapel, Hermosa Beach, at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, May 25. His ashes will be interred at the V.A. cemetery in Riverside. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Hope Chapel, Hermosa Beach, for "Missions."

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  1. Dear Joreen and Family,
    How much we’ll miss Aaron! He was a grand fellow to know—always ready with a humorous and kind response. We’ll all miss him, but none as much as you.
    This will be a time of mourning and adjustment for you, Joreen. We hope you’ll let us help. No thing will be too small nor too large if there is anyway we can honor him by being a help to his beloved wife and family. You and he were always so hospitable a couple.
    The Saturday of his memorial is the day of the Crenshaw Outreach, which sees us setting up and serving from 12 PM thoughout the afternoon. Though we’d like to be at the memorial, we’re pledged to help at the Outreach. It’s just geting started again and needs us all to help it run smoothly.
    Please accept our condolences and offer to be useful. In helping you. It will be a small way of honoring both you and the godly example you both set. We know you’re competent, but doing things together makes them more enjoyable and easier. We love you, Joreen.
    John and Nancy Magera

  2. Dear Joreen, We are so sorry to hear about Aaron.We were Viet Nam helicopter pilots and went thru Wichita Falls at same time.He was a great pilot. Let us know if we can help you.All our love and regrets. Bob & Pat Wickwire

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