October 3, 2012

Maine soldier dies from Afghanistan blast

Army Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Henderson, of Houlton, was wounded on Sept. 30 and died Monday at the hospital at Bagram Air Field.

The Associated Press

HOULTON — A Special Forces soldier from Maine has died from injuries he sustained in a blast in Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday.

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Army Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Henderson

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Army Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Henderson was wounded Sunday and died Monday at the hospital at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, according to members of Maine's congressional delegation.

Henderson was born in Houlton and has family members there.

Henderson, who served in the 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group out of Fort Campbell, Ky., had both of his legs amputated after he was injured by an improvised explosive device, according to a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud.

Michaud said this "heartbreaking news" serves as a reminder "of the dangerous conditions so many deployed Americans continue to operate under overseas."

Henderson graduated from Hodgdon High School in Aroostook County in 1997, said Marty Bouchard, who was a teacher and coach at the school at the time and is now principal of Houlton High School.

Henderson was a lover of sports and the outdoors and played soccer, basketball and baseball in high school, Bouchard said. He was a four-year starter on the baseball team and played a key role on the basketball team when it won a state championship in 1996.

"Aaron was the captain of his baseball and basketball teams," Bouchard said. "He had an infectious smile and warm personality that was cherished by his teachers and friends."

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