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Capt Tristan Neil Aitken
Birth: May 18, 1971
Erie
Erie County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Apr. 4, 2003
Baghdad, Iraq

Army Capt. Aitken was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Aitken was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade shot through the passenger window of a Humvee that he and another soldier were driving near Baghdad International Airport. A dozen years ago, Texas Christian University freshman Tristan Aitken joined the annual student rite of spring and followed the migration to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He didn't go to join the party animals; he went to minister to them. "He went to preach the gospel on the beach," his father, Ronald Aitken, said. "And that's what he did." Tristan carried that faith from the sands of Fort Lauderdale to the sands of the Middle East, drawing on it for calm as commander of 217 soldiers in Iraq. Tristan was a career military man who had been married just 16 months. He was a soldier; a member of a military family taught to take orders and not grumble. His father is retired Navy and his sister is an Army second lieutenant. Years ago, at Centre County Christian Academy, he was cool -- the dark glasses, two thumbs-up kid. But in an e-mail to a school chum, he was reflective, asking for prayers that he bring his men back safely.  
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 60, Site 7869
 
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Record added: May 25, 2005
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