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Navy SEAL's Widow: 'We Were Blessed To Be Together'

MSNBC.COM - In June, Aaron Vaughn and his wife cherished their all-too-brief time together when the Navy SEAL was home for the birth of their daughter.

On Tuesday, Vaughn will return home for the final time. He was part of a group of 30 Americans, including 22 Navy SEALs, who were killed by Taliban fighters in Afghanistan on Saturday. It is the highest single-day amount of U.S. casualties in Afghanistan, the most since 16 soldiers were killed on June 28, 2005.

Vaughn's wife, Kimberly, and his parents, Billy and Karen, spoke with TODAY's Matt Lauer on Monday, remembering a husband and son who loved God, his country and his family. Kimberly was particularly grateful for the short time they had together in June for the birth of their daughter, Chamberlyn.

"It was wonderful,'' she told Lauer after expressing her condolences to the families of the other fallen soldiers. "As much as these men are gone away from their families over hundreds of days of the year, [it's important] that we make the most of our time together, and we were blessed to be together for the birth of our children. Aaron was an amazing father, and I'm proud that I will get to carry on his legacy through our children.''

Childhood dream
The 30-year-old, who was based in Virginia Beach, Va., leaves behind two children, Chamberlyn and 2-year-old son Reagan, both of whom he was able to witness being born while home from overseas. The member of the secretive and elite SEAL Team Six was also remembered as a deeply religious man who loved the United States.

"I'm most proud of Aaron's humility and nobility, but more than anything I'm most proud of the way he loved God and how important his faith was to him,'' his mother said. "Everything he did was secret, and it just feels really strange right now, that only in his death can we celebrate who he was in his life. It's a very difficult concept to understand, but Aaron would want everybody to know most is that he loved America. He believed America could be great again, and he fought for the America he grew up in.'' >>>CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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