Hunting Washington Forum

Community => FAQ: Using H-W Forum => See: MEMORIALS => Topic started by: rebal69972 on April 24, 2013, 05:22:38 AM

Title: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: rebal69972 on April 24, 2013, 05:22:38 AM
this is the hardest thing I've had to do. Colokumelk was killed in action in the last few days along with 1 other soldier and 1 injured in Afghanistan.  I just got the call and I don't have much info. I'm just setting here praying they were wrong. if or when I know more I will pass it along. He was a good man and was proud to serve. I will be praying for his friends and family
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Ghost Hunter on April 24, 2013, 05:28:17 AM
Hate to hear that type of news.  Will join everyone in good thoughts and prayers for the family. 
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: NW-GSP on April 24, 2013, 05:29:35 AM
My thoughts are with his friends and family. Hoping the information is wrong.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: brush hunter on April 24, 2013, 05:30:32 AM
Thoughts and prayers for the family.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: HntnFsh on April 24, 2013, 05:32:45 AM
Prayers for his family.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Ironhead on April 24, 2013, 05:35:00 AM
Big time thoughts and prayers to the family.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: 3nails on April 24, 2013, 05:36:38 AM
 Very sad news.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: dkecoleman on April 24, 2013, 05:45:51 AM
Prayers to the family
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: JBar on April 24, 2013, 05:46:52 AM
Very sad! Thoughts and prayers to the family and hope we got some bad info.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: 3Under on April 24, 2013, 05:48:41 AM
Very sad news.  Thoughts and prayers with his family, friends, and all who continue to serve.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Skyvalhunter on April 24, 2013, 05:54:00 AM
Very sad news.He will be missed greatly. Prayers go out to the family
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: ICEMAN on April 24, 2013, 06:01:43 AM
Unbelievable.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: dawhunt on April 24, 2013, 06:03:31 AM
I'm so sorry !!!!! didn't he just get over there ??
Prayers for him and his family !!!
Bob
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: SCRUBS on April 24, 2013, 06:04:01 AM
Very sad. R.I.P.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: MLBowhunting on April 24, 2013, 06:06:04 AM
 :'( dam
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: headshot5 on April 24, 2013, 06:06:51 AM
Prayers to him and the family.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: kckrawler on April 24, 2013, 06:07:56 AM
A tribute (last photo he posted of himself in Colorado)

R.I.P. Brother.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: grundy53 on April 24, 2013, 06:10:00 AM
That is horrible. Thoughts and prayers are with his family.



Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: trophyhunt on April 24, 2013, 06:11:04 AM
Very sad, God bless him and his family. Only met him here on the forum, seemed like a guy you would want on our side, honest and real. Again, God bless him and all that put it all on the line. 
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Sawbuck on April 24, 2013, 06:14:50 AM
Very sad, Prayers sent for his family.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: wildmanoutdoors on April 24, 2013, 06:15:00 AM
Wow, hitting right at home. Thoughts and prayers go out.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: pianoman9701 on April 24, 2013, 06:16:11 AM
This is terribly sad news. RIP Colock.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: boneaddict on April 24, 2013, 06:19:54 AM
Oh my Gosh.  This is unbelievable. 
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: coachcw on April 24, 2013, 06:20:09 AM
Unbelievible ! I'm in shock ..... my condolences go out to his familly and friends . I pray that the info isn't correct . What in the hell are we messing around for over there ? I understand war is ugly and sometimes nessisary but this seems so unessisary . RIP brother and thank you for your service ....
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Bob33 on April 24, 2013, 06:20:34 AM
If anyone has family or memorial fund info please post.

Heartbreaking news.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Woodchuck on April 24, 2013, 06:22:10 AM
Speachless, Prayers to his family. just horrible
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: deerslyr on April 24, 2013, 06:23:48 AM
Im at a loss for words.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: coachcw on April 24, 2013, 06:25:46 AM
my I suggest that the mods lock all other catigorys for a period of time to show respect for him ? I don't know if it's possible but seems like the right thing to do . Can't believe how choked up i'm getting and I only knew him through his words and stories he shared here on the forum ... really one of the great guys to have on our side  !
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: crazysccrmd on April 24, 2013, 06:26:14 AM
this is the hardest thing I've had to do. Colokumelk was killed in action in the last few days along with 1 other soldier and 1 injured in Afghanistan.  I just got the call and I don't have much info. I'm just setting here praying they were wrong. if or when I know more I will pass it along. He was a good man and was proud to serve. I will be praying for his friends and family

I sent you a PM, not sure if it went through. I'm over here right now, if you want to PM me his name, or just unit and province, I should be able to find out for sure.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: rtspring on April 24, 2013, 06:28:03 AM
My thoughts are with his family! RIP brother. Never met him in person but have talked hnting with him alot. I would like to offer up some cash for flowers if someone can guve us contact info for his family.  Maybe Hunt Wa can send something. 

Thanks for your service brother, your country is in debt to you. You stand relieved, we have the watch...

Rtspring.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: boneaddict on April 24, 2013, 06:28:15 AM
It seems like it was just a few days ago I was sending him off with prayers and thanking him for his service.  This is just overwhelming.

DANG Crazysccrd and all of our other members over there.   Be careful.  WE REALLY DO CARE and THANK YOU for what you are doing, eventhough we wish you were home.   
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: longashes on April 24, 2013, 06:28:33 AM
Very sad ... with deep respect, R.I.P.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: deerhunter_98520 on April 24, 2013, 06:28:58 AM
Wow...prayers to his family...its a sad day...you'll be missed..thanks for your service
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: JPhelps on April 24, 2013, 06:29:42 AM
Can't believe it.  My thoughts and Prayers are with his family.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: jstone on April 24, 2013, 06:30:37 AM
wow i cant believe it. Great guy, never met him personally but the feeling you got from him was genuine... Prayers to his family. feel just horrible
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Woodchuck on April 24, 2013, 06:30:53 AM
my I suggest that the mods lock all other catigorys for a period of time to show respect for him ? I don't know if it's possible but seems like the right thing to do . Can't believe how choked up i'm getting and I only knew him through his words and stories he shared here on the forum ... really one of the great guys to have on our side  !
:yeah:
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Sawbuck on April 24, 2013, 06:31:29 AM
Didn't know him except for on here, but I just read his last posts, and i'm getting tears in my oatmeal. Hope this is bad info and he is still kick butt over there.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Sawbuck on April 24, 2013, 06:33:02 AM
It seems like it was just a few days ago I was sending him off with prayers and thanking him for his service.  This is just overwhelming.

DANG Crazysccrd and all of our other members over there.   Be careful.  WE REALLY DO CARE and THANK YOU for what you are doing, eventhough we wish you were home.   
Well said Bone
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: rosscrazyelk on April 24, 2013, 06:34:38 AM
I am speechless. Thoughts go out to his family and friends
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: C-Money on April 24, 2013, 06:34:55 AM
Disbelief. Colockumelk is a great man. We hunted a lot of the same areas that we both know well. Never met him in person, but felt I knew him pretty good from on here. He had some of the best hunting stories, and seemed to really hunt hard. This is very hard news to take in. :'( >:( :'(

Prayers sent to his family.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: buglebuster on April 24, 2013, 06:37:55 AM
What terrible news first thing in the morning. I am at a loss of words, my prayers out to the family :'(
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: runamuk on April 24, 2013, 06:40:41 AM
He was my friend, I have no words

his wife and brother and family are all in my thoughts

 :'(
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: GoldTip on April 24, 2013, 06:41:07 AM
Very, very sad news.  RIP Colockumelk, thank you for serving to protect us, and I pray you are standing at the head of a drainage devoid of other orange vests and full of the bulls you loved to pursue.  God Bless.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: SniperDanWA on April 24, 2013, 06:41:43 AM
Wow.  I only chatted with Aaron online, but he sure seemed like he had his stuff together.  He knew our state's hunting, history, regulations, and GMUs very well.  I'm pretty sure his brother is also on this forum.  I pray for his wife and family right now as this story and news unfolds.  We don't know for certain this is true yet from the OP, but it doesn't sound good either.  I was never in the service, but I'll give a moment of silence to every one of them for their dedication, impact and lives.  May Aaron rest in peace.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: ICEMAN on April 24, 2013, 06:44:34 AM
Colockums last photo of himself over Colorado.

Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: xd2005 on April 24, 2013, 06:45:19 AM
And his signature...

Quote
"We Sleep Safe In Our Beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those that would do us harm."
Author: George Orwell
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: mrmoskillz on April 24, 2013, 06:46:10 AM
Rest in peace.  Thank you for your service and being a true Hero
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Huntbear on April 24, 2013, 06:48:22 AM
Wow, sitting here with tears in my eyes...

Aaron and I had some great conversations via PM..  he gave me a spot for deer, when I got moved to Eburg.

His insights to the elk situation here in the central part of the state were invaluable.

Yes, his brother is a member here... BLRman or something with BLR in it..

R.I.P. my friend, Prayers for your family.  You gave the ultimate sacrifice for your country... that should never be forgotten... ever.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: fishngamereaper on April 24, 2013, 06:48:40 AM
RIP.....

Never meet him but seemed like a great guy. Very sad indeed.  God only takes the good ones...must of needed a good pilot.

Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: adamR on April 24, 2013, 06:50:15 AM
Wow, what a shame he seemed like a great guy... I pray for his family in their loss.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: goosegetter79 on April 24, 2013, 06:54:44 AM
Sitting here at work and tearing up. Don't even know what to say. This is heart wrenching. R.I.P. Colockumelk
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: goosegetter79 on April 24, 2013, 06:56:20 AM
my I suggest that the mods lock all other catigorys for a period of time to show respect for him ? I don't know if it's possible but seems like the right thing to do . Can't believe how choked up i'm getting and I only knew him through his words and stories he shared here on the forum ... really one of the great guys to have on our side  !


 :yeah:
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: DoubleJ on April 24, 2013, 06:56:51 AM
This is crappy.  Worst news I've had in months.  I simply have no other words.  I agree that we need a tribute on the site somewhere, somehow.  Seems more than fitting.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Greenhorn on April 24, 2013, 06:57:13 AM
So sorry to hear, my prayers go out to his family.  Really makes you think about what is truly important in our lives.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: black hog on April 24, 2013, 06:57:26 AM
real super hero's dont wear capes they wear dog tags thank you so much for your service and your ultmite sacrifice to help keep us safe R.I.P prayers to you and your family
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: woodman on April 24, 2013, 06:59:20 AM
I am sitting here stunned and sad to read this. I have always had respect for colockumelk from reading his posts. He seemed like truly one of the good guys. I hope that someone will post something more about who he is so that we can learn more about who this hero was besides just his internet presence here. He will be missed by all.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Widgeondeke on April 24, 2013, 07:00:31 AM
The title of this thread sucks. The subject was a man of honor.
I respect all service members and fellow veterans.
Thoughts go out to his family and friends.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Elkslayer on April 24, 2013, 07:00:52 AM
Very sad news! Prayers to his family and loved ones. Hopefully he took a few of them *censored*s out with him.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: D-Rock425 on April 24, 2013, 07:01:33 AM
Hard to take this early in the morning :'(
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: addicted on April 24, 2013, 07:04:06 AM
its just no good.  The only thing i saw down there worth it was the man next to you.

http://icasualties.org/oef/Fatalities.aspx (http://icasualties.org/oef/Fatalities.aspx)
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: oldleclercrd on April 24, 2013, 07:06:17 AM
Prayers for him and his family.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: cbond3318 on April 24, 2013, 07:09:30 AM
Stomach in knots. Thank you Colock, may your friends and family find the comfort needed in this devastating time.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: TheSkyBuster on April 24, 2013, 07:12:09 AM
Very Sad news,   :'(

  R.I.P. colockumelk   
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Alchase on April 24, 2013, 07:14:16 AM
Damn,

Was Clock attached to ISAF?
Apparently two people were killed by hostile fire yesterday while working with ISAF NATO. Names not released yet.

Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: HUNTINCOUPLE on April 24, 2013, 07:16:31 AM
Very sad! RIP.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: boneaddict on April 24, 2013, 07:16:42 AM
I've been looking Alchase.   All I have found is the same that Addicted posted.    I looked for other news releases etc.   Nothing on the wire yet that I can find.   
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: DRENALINJUNKIE on April 24, 2013, 07:18:58 AM
RIP. Very sad day.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: pianoman9701 on April 24, 2013, 07:19:20 AM
I've been looking, too. Nothing I can find.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: JM on April 24, 2013, 07:19:48 AM
I'd never met him, but his brothers a great guy and I know that he looked up to him a lot when we were younger. Very sad news and I can't express how sorry I am for their loss.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: 724wd on April 24, 2013, 07:20:31 AM
way harsh morning!  :yike:  RIP brother!  :'(  :salute:
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: rtspring on April 24, 2013, 07:21:06 AM
They will not release any info until NOK has been notified. 
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Arnbo on April 24, 2013, 07:22:46 AM
Sitting here in total shock.  I heard he was one of the best guys out there.  It sucks that we lost one of our hunting-washington brothers prtoctecting us. Praying for his family immensly during this difficult time.

    :yeah:R.I.P.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: crazysccrmd on April 24, 2013, 07:23:07 AM
I've been looking Alchase.   All I have found is the same that Addicted posted.    I looked for other news releases etc.   Nothing on the wire yet that I can find.

I talked to my Troop intel guys and they had nothing for me yet. It didn't happen in my AO (otherwise I would've been onsite) so the reports aren't sent directly to us. They said if we have nothing tomorrow they can get into the system manually to find the report.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: jackelope on April 24, 2013, 07:26:13 AM
I'm speechless, not sure what to even say.
Prayers sent to his family. RIP Colockumelk, you will be missed.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Idabooner on April 24, 2013, 07:27:52 AM
Very sad news, you seemed like a very dedicated and sinceable man. Thankyou for your service to keep our freedom. Colockumelk you will be in my thoughts for a long time even if I only knew you from your posts.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Dr. Death on April 24, 2013, 07:28:07 AM
What a horrible tragedy. Many prayers for him and his family!
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: TheFewTheProud on April 24, 2013, 07:30:47 AM
American forces are under ISAF
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: X-Force on April 24, 2013, 07:32:41 AM
Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: rebal69972 on April 24, 2013, 07:34:32 AM
The family was just notified late last night or this morning. I don't know if he had a wife or children. the unit was told this morning at 0600. This hit me a lot harder then I thought it would. I only knew him on here but my wife worked with him daily. He had only just got into country on the 12Th. He had just sent me a massage asking me to get his tree stand. I'm not sure I can not right now. I'm sorry guy I'm a little scatter brained right now. He was a damn good. I had a lot of respect for him, enough I had asked him to look after my wife while they where over there. I'm still tearing up. You will be missed my friend.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: combs338 on April 24, 2013, 07:37:04 AM
RIP. Prayers sent to his family.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: B.G.hunter on April 24, 2013, 07:38:16 AM
terrible news.  Thoughts and prayers go to him and his family.  :'(
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Craig on April 24, 2013, 07:41:09 AM
RIP.  :'( Such sad news.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: h2ofowlr on April 24, 2013, 07:41:23 AM
No good as he just started his thread about heading back to the sand box.  Unfortunate loss.  As he contributed a lot over the past several years.  RIP.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: BENCHLEG on April 24, 2013, 07:41:35 AM
Wow!!! Rip.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: brianmtsinc on April 24, 2013, 07:41:58 AM
So sorry to hear this.  May God bless him and his family and may our nation be forever grateful for their sacrifice. 
 :'(
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Alchase on April 24, 2013, 07:42:27 AM
The family was just notified late last night or this morning. I don't know if he had a wife or children. the unit was told this morning at 0600. This hit me a lot harder then I thought it would. I only knew him on here but my wife worked with him daily. He had only just got into country on the 12Th. He had just sent me a massage asking me to get his tree stand. I'm not sure I can not right now. I'm sorry guy I'm a little scatter brained right now. He was a damn good. I had a lot of respect for him, enough I had asked him to look after my wife while they where over there. I'm still tearing up. You will be missed my friend.

Thank you for the information, sucks to be the bearer of news like this.

Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Special T on April 24, 2013, 07:43:17 AM
Because I Fly

Because I fly
I laugh more than other men
I look up an see more than they,
I know how the clouds feel,
What it's like to have the blue in my lap,
to look down on birds,
to feel freedom in a thing called the stick...

who but I can slice between God's billowed legs,
and feel then laugh and crash with His step
Who else has seen the unclimbed peaks?
The rainbow's secret?
The real reason birds sing?
Because I Fly,
I envy no man on earth.

— Grover C. Norwood
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: boneaddict on April 24, 2013, 07:43:30 AM
Yes, he has a family.  I think his Babe must be almost 2 I think.   Pretty small.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: mountainman on April 24, 2013, 07:44:11 AM
A Big Salute to someone who gave the ultimate... So sad, yet So proud...
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: washelkhntr on April 24, 2013, 07:45:32 AM
At a loss for words. Rest in Peace Brother.  May God bless your family.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: jackelope on April 24, 2013, 07:51:51 AM
Reading his last several posts is a tough one.

Very sad day.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 24, 2013, 07:52:00 AM
Aaron's F.O.B. took rockets and he died from wounds sustained in the attack.  Aaron had a 4 year old son and a 2 year old daughter.  He was his sons hero and mine!  He wanted to fly since he was a little boy and he really was living his dream!  It still doesn't even seem real like its just a bad dream.  He flies into Dover on the 25th and I will be there to meet him and bring him home.  He was my best friend and brother.  He was the best man I ever knew.  He stood tall, left his family and life to protect us from the evils of the world so they would never come knocking on our doors.  Looks like I will be chasing elk solo from here on out!  Keep the wind in your face and take it slow brother!  I love you!
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: turkeyfeather on April 24, 2013, 07:52:39 AM
WOW, this sucks. Can't believe I could be choked up about someone I didn't know other than thru the sight. I guess we are all one big family. We'll keep up the fight to protect those elk for ya brother.  :salute:
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: buckfvr on April 24, 2013, 07:54:28 AM
The loss of a great man.......RIP Bro. 
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: jackelope on April 24, 2013, 07:55:05 AM
Aaron's F.O.B. took rockets and he died from wounds sustained in the attack.  Aaron had a 4 year old son and a 2 year old daughter.  He was his sons hero and mine!  He wanted to fly since he was a little boy and he really was living his dream!  It still doesn't even seem real like its just a bad dream.  He flies into Dover on the 25th and I will be there to meet him and bring him home.  He was my best friend and brother.  He was the best man I ever knew.  He stood tall, left his family and life to protect us from the evils of the world so they would never come knocking on our doors.  Looks like I will be chasing elk solo from here on out!  Keep the wind in your face and take it slow brother!  I love you!

Can't explain how sorry I am for your loss.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: SniperDanWA on April 24, 2013, 07:58:52 AM
sorry for your loss, BLR.  please pass on my condolences to his wife and family.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Wazukie on April 24, 2013, 07:59:23 AM
Prayers go out to the family and friends.  Never easy when you know the person.  Didn't know him other than conversations on the site.  My heart breaks for a brother in arms! :salute: :brew:
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Woodchuck on April 24, 2013, 08:00:21 AM
Aaron's F.O.B. took rockets and he died from wounds sustained in the attack.  Aaron had a 4 year old son and a 2 year old daughter.  He was his sons hero and mine!  He wanted to fly since he was a little boy and he really was living his dream!  It still doesn't even seem real like its just a bad dream.  He flies into Dover on the 25th and I will be there to meet him and bring him home.  He was my best friend and brother.  He was the best man I ever knew.  He stood tall, left his family and life to protect us from the evils of the world so they would never come knocking on our doors.  Looks like I will be chasing elk solo from here on out!  Keep the wind in your face and take it slow brother!  I love you!
May God be bring peace to your family in this horrible time.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: washingtonmuley on April 24, 2013, 08:02:11 AM
BLR,
Sorry for your loss and condolences to your family.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Knocker of rocks on April 24, 2013, 08:02:32 AM
A tragedy.  Deepest condolences to those left behind
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Elkaholic daWg on April 24, 2013, 08:04:18 AM
this is the hardest thing I've had to do. Colokumelk was killed in action in the last few days along with 1 other soldier and 1 injured in Afghanistan.  I just got the call and I don't have much info. I'm just setting here praying they were wrong. if or when I know more I will pass it along. He was a good man and was proud to serve. I will be praying for his friends and family

There are 4 pages and I have only begun to read this, so I am hoping and praying this is bad  info ! Prayers to friends and family if this is true(I hope not)!
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: denali on April 24, 2013, 08:05:22 AM
So sorry to hear, will be praying for BLRman and family
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: magnanimous_j on April 24, 2013, 08:05:43 AM
Aaron's F.O.B. took rockets and he died from wounds sustained in the attack.  Aaron had a 4 year old son and a 2 year old daughter.  He was his sons hero and mine!  He wanted to fly since he was a little boy and he really was living his dream!  It still doesn't even seem real like its just a bad dream.  He flies into Dover on the 25th and I will be there to meet him and bring him home.  He was my best friend and brother.  He was the best man I ever knew.  He stood tall, left his family and life to protect us from the evils of the world so they would never come knocking on our doors.  Looks like I will be chasing elk solo from here on out!  Keep the wind in your face and take it slow brother!  I love you!

In the pictures, which one is he?
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 24, 2013, 08:07:10 AM
Is it foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.  Rather we should thank god that such men lived! - George S. Patton
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Skillet on April 24, 2013, 08:07:31 AM
Rest In Peace, Colock.    :'(
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: NWWABOWHNTR on April 24, 2013, 08:08:39 AM
RIP Colock.  My prayers for him and his family. 
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: LITTLEBUCK on April 24, 2013, 08:08:59 AM
BLRman I am so sorry for you and your families loss. Very sad news. You say you will hunt elk solo from now on. I don't believe that, your brother will be with you on every hunt. RIP
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: jyerxa on April 24, 2013, 08:09:17 AM
Soon, soon, to soon. Comes faithful warriors and their rest.  :'(

 :salute:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v117/jeff_yerxa/21gunsalute.jpg)
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Taco280AI on April 24, 2013, 08:10:53 AM
RIP brother. Was good talking to him about Rucker and flying. Best wishes to his family
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: grundy53 on April 24, 2013, 08:11:04 AM
It seems like it was just a few days ago I was sending him off with prayers and thanking him for his service.  This is just overwhelming.

DANG Crazysccrd and all of our other members over there.   Be careful.  WE REALLY DO CARE and THANK YOU for what you are doing, eventhough we wish you were home.   


 :yeah: :yeah: :yeah: :yeah: :yeah: :yeah:
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: pianoman9701 on April 24, 2013, 08:13:49 AM
Aaron's F.O.B. took rockets and he died from wounds sustained in the attack.  Aaron had a 4 year old son and a 2 year old daughter.  He was his sons hero and mine!  He wanted to fly since he was a little boy and he really was living his dream!  It still doesn't even seem real like its just a bad dream.  He flies into Dover on the 25th and I will be there to meet him and bring him home.  He was my best friend and brother.  He was the best man I ever knew.  He stood tall, left his family and life to protect us from the evils of the world so they would never come knocking on our doors.  Looks like I will be chasing elk solo from here on out!  Keep the wind in your face and take it slow brother!  I love you!

BLR, I'm so sorry. we will really miss him around here. I can't imagine you're sense of loss. You don't need to hunt alone and are welcome in our camp any time.
PMan
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: dewandgin on April 24, 2013, 08:14:08 AM
Aaron's F.O.B. took rockets and he died from wounds sustained in the attack.  Aaron had a 4 year old son and a 2 year old daughter.  He was his sons hero and mine!  He wanted to fly since he was a little boy and he really was living his dream!  It still doesn't even seem real like its just a bad dream.  He flies into Dover on the 25th and I will be there to meet him and bring him home.  He was my best friend and brother.  He was the best man I ever knew.  He stood tall, left his family and life to protect us from the evils of the world so they would never come knocking on our doors.  Looks like I will be chasing elk solo from here on out!  Keep the wind in your face and take it slow brother!  I love you!

I am at a loss for words. Just god bless
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: SkookumHntr on April 24, 2013, 08:14:53 AM
-Never met him or talked with him and im tearin up :'( RIP Brother!
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 24, 2013, 08:15:24 AM
The worst part is he left a few days early and I missed his last call before he shut off his phone.  I emailed him right after and hadn't heard from him. I just checked my email and I had this waiting for me.

 Yeah I'll figure out what we need.  Things are pretty comfortable.  I have wifi in my tent.  I have to pay $90 a month for it but *censored* it righ.  So I have internet, and a Afghani prepaid cell phone although they keep shutting off the towers for some reason so it doesn't work at night.  I got to hang out with some green berets yesterday doing a face to face sort of thing since we work with them alot.  And I got to shoot a mini-gun which was attached to a gator side by side.  I got to shoot an MP5, a swoopy ass grenade launcher, a machine gun, a SCAR in 7.62mm, and a Karl Gustave rocket launcher.  Pretty sweet day.  Well sounds like turkey season has begun.  Hope you guys slay a bunch of turkeys. 
Love Aaron.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: jyerxa on April 24, 2013, 08:18:14 AM
Is it foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.  Rather we should thank god that such men lived! - George S. Patton

Amen!
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 24, 2013, 08:19:04 AM
Aaron's F.O.B. took rockets and he died from wounds sustained in the attack.  Aaron had a 4 year old son and a 2 year old daughter.  He was his sons hero and mine!  He wanted to fly since he was a little boy and he really was living his dream!  It still doesn't even seem real like its just a bad dream.  He flies into Dover on the 25th and I will be there to meet him and bring him home.  He was my best friend and brother.  He was the best man I ever knew.  He stood tall, left his family and life to protect us from the evils of the world so they would never come knocking on our doors.  Looks like I will be chasing elk solo from here on out!  Keep the wind in your face and take it slow brother!  I love you!

BLR, I'm so sorry. we will really miss him around here. I can't imagine you're sense of loss. You don't need to hunt alone and are welcome in our camp any time.
PMan
  I really do appreciate that and I appreciate everyones kind words but he was my one and only elk partner and that spot is reserved for Hunter know.  He's 4 so it will be a few years.  I can't even look at my son right now.  All I see is Aaron.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: haugenna on April 24, 2013, 08:20:40 AM
Rest in peace.  God bless.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Pathfinder101 on April 24, 2013, 08:22:39 AM
BLR, thanks for coming on and confirming for us.

Aaron,
Rest in peace brother.  We will miss you, online and in person.  Prayers for your family.
God bless.
Title: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: iRem on April 24, 2013, 08:23:53 AM
RIP Colockumelk...I truly enjoyed reading his post, and will miss his insight.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Elkaholic daWg on April 24, 2013, 08:24:21 AM
Aaron's F.O.B. took rockets and he died from wounds sustained in the attack.  Aaron had a 4 year old son and a 2 year old daughter.  He was his sons hero and mine!  He wanted to fly since he was a little boy and he really was living his dream!  It still doesn't even seem real like its just a bad dream.  He flies into Dover on the 25th and I will be there to meet him and bring him home.  He was my best friend and brother.  He was the best man I ever knew.  He stood tall, left his family and life to protect us from the evils of the world so they would never come knocking on our doors.  Looks like I will be chasing elk solo from here on out!  Keep the wind in your face and take it slow brother!  I love you!
May God be bring peace to your family in this horrible time.


  I am now 3+ pages in and it is clear that the news is true and awflul! Prayers to you and your family BLR and to CE that he is now able to hunt his (and mine) beloved colockum of old . RIp  colockumelk, Hard to believe I can be this upset and I did not even know the man!
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: gottatree on April 24, 2013, 08:24:37 AM
My family gives are sincerest condolences to your family. We are so thankfull for your brother and his families sacrifices. It takes great men to keep are country free. 
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: KNOPHISH on April 24, 2013, 08:25:13 AM
What a great person. A little misty eyed myself. The ultimate sacrifice we all can appreciate but hard to take so close to home. When we had the Colockum rut tag he wrote me a book of all the good spots to scout. Still have it & will keep it. RIP
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: grundy53 on April 24, 2013, 08:25:49 AM
Aaron's F.O.B. took rockets and he died from wounds sustained in the attack.  Aaron had a 4 year old son and a 2 year old daughter.  He was his sons hero and mine!  He wanted to fly since he was a little boy and he really was living his dream!  It still doesn't even seem real like its just a bad dream.  He flies into Dover on the 25th and I will be there to meet him and bring him home.  He was my best friend and brother.  He was the best man I ever knew.  He stood tall, left his family and life to protect us from the evils of the world so they would never come knocking on our doors.  Looks like I will be chasing elk solo from here on out!  Keep the wind in your face and take it slow brother!  I love you!

BLR, I'm so sorry. we will really miss him around here. I can't imagine you're sense of loss. You don't need to hunt alone and are welcome in our camp any time.
PMan
  I really do appreciate that and I appreciate everyones kind words but he was my one and only elk partner and that spot is reserved for Hunter know.  He's 4 so it will be a few years.  I can't even look at my son right now.  All I see is Aaron.

I can't even imagine your loss. You and your family are in my prayers and have my utmost gratitude for your brother's and your family's sacrifice.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: jackelope on April 24, 2013, 08:25:56 AM
Aaron's F.O.B. took rockets and he died from wounds sustained in the attack.  Aaron had a 4 year old son and a 2 year old daughter.  He was his sons hero and mine!  He wanted to fly since he was a little boy and he really was living his dream!  It still doesn't even seem real like its just a bad dream.  He flies into Dover on the 25th and I will be there to meet him and bring him home.  He was my best friend and brother.  He was the best man I ever knew.  He stood tall, left his family and life to protect us from the evils of the world so they would never come knocking on our doors.  Looks like I will be chasing elk solo from here on out!  Keep the wind in your face and take it slow brother!  I love you!

In the pictures, which one is he?

On the right in the top pic and on the left in the bottom pic.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Woodchuck on April 24, 2013, 08:27:40 AM
BLR, please post when arrangements are set
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: saylean on April 24, 2013, 08:28:06 AM
No words I can ever say can compare to what was given. I showed up to work and my brother gave me the news, I am very sorry for the loss. Without men and women like him, our country would not be OUR country. Prayers with the family.
I hope you find your way to the happy hunting grounds!
Rest in peace.
Respectfully,

Douglas
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Button Nubbs on April 24, 2013, 08:28:24 AM
Wow, sorry for your loss...
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Elkrunner on April 24, 2013, 08:28:54 AM
It's a sad day, we lost a true hero and friend.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: C-Money on April 24, 2013, 08:29:10 AM
Thanks for posting up some great photos, and some of his words BLRman. May God guide you now and in the future as you and your family move forward. Aaron is a great American, God bless you all.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: sirfunkeybut on April 24, 2013, 08:30:39 AM
Rip colockum, the hunt-wa family will miss you!
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 24, 2013, 08:30:56 AM
more
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Fl0und3rz on April 24, 2013, 08:31:24 AM
Words fail.  Condolences to his family, friends, and little ones.   
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: boneaddict on April 24, 2013, 08:37:27 AM
If you or your family need something done,  animals fed, waterchanged or something while you are away BLRman,  meeting your brother, let me know and if I cant do it,  I know there are some Solid Selah folks on here that would be glad to help out.   This has really shaken my world, I can't imagine how this is for you.  Words just fall short....
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: bigdave on April 24, 2013, 08:41:09 AM
Just read this......I'm very sad.  Prayers for the family and close friends.  Let hunt-Wa know what we can do to support the family.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: huntnphool on April 24, 2013, 08:41:29 AM
Aaron's F.O.B. took rockets and he died from wounds sustained in the attack.  Aaron had a 4 year old son and a 2 year old daughter.  He was his sons hero and mine!  He wanted to fly since he was a little boy and he really was living his dream!  It still doesn't even seem real like its just a bad dream.  He flies into Dover on the 25th and I will be there to meet him and bring him home.  He was my best friend and brother.  He was the best man I ever knew.  He stood tall, left his family and life to protect us from the evils of the world so they would never come knocking on our doors.  Looks like I will be chasing elk solo from here on out!  Keep the wind in your face and take it slow brother!  I love you!

Prayers and wishes to friends and family, and a heart felt "Thank You!" to Aaron for his dedication to his country.

"The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children." -- William Harvard
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Russ McDonald on April 24, 2013, 08:41:36 AM
So sorry for your loss BLRman and to your family.  He will truly be missed on this site.  Wish I could have met him.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: bucklucky on April 24, 2013, 08:41:54 AM
To choked up to type ... RIP buddy you will be missed ....
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Lincoln4 on April 24, 2013, 08:42:09 AM
Wow.  My condolences to you and your family.  I've followed his exploits for some time.  Praying for your family.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: The100Road on April 24, 2013, 08:42:46 AM
wow. so sad. I couldnt imagine.
Title: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Austrian Hunter on April 24, 2013, 08:42:59 AM
This is horrible!!  I never met him but I feel like I knew him for years on here.  Prayers go out to his family!!!  It seems he just posted a couple of weeks ago about his deployment.  This is just bad..... 
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: cohoho on April 24, 2013, 08:45:10 AM
So sad, prayers to his family and loved ones.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: WCTaxidermy on April 24, 2013, 08:46:01 AM
A true hero, and always will be.  RIP and my families prayers go out to Aaron's family.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Alchase on April 24, 2013, 08:46:36 AM
BLRman,
Thank you for sharing your Brother Aaron with us.
I am honored to have known Aaron, even the little bit I did know him from his words.
In His posts it is obvious he had an incredible passion for elk, a total dedication to his country and a love of flying.
We will miss his contributions here tremendously.
I have no words that can ease your loss, there is no greater love and understanding then what comes from a brother.
Just know you and your family are in my prayers.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: BIGINNER on April 24, 2013, 08:50:59 AM
wow.... sad news..  praying for the family
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 24, 2013, 08:52:05 AM
Thank you everyone, I truly mean that.  Thank you Doug for the offer also.  The thing about Aaron is he never slowed down for one second!  He was so passionate about every single thing he did in life.  I think everyone probably already knew that though by his novel like post's and number crunching that would make a math professors head spin. lol.   I just bought his tags and permit apps yesterday as his birthday present.  Not sure what to do now.  Maybe we will put in together one last time. I don't know.  I don't know much of anything right know.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Boss .300 winmag on April 24, 2013, 08:52:49 AM
Rest in peace my two Brothers from author service, my condolences too all his family and friends.

Because of your sacrifice we are still able to fly the greatest flag ever flown in the world.

You will not be forgotten.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Woodchuck on April 24, 2013, 08:55:27 AM
Thank you everyone, I truly mean that.  Thank you Doug for the offer also.  The thing about Aaron is he never slowed down for one second!  He was so passionate about every single thing he did in life.  I think everyone probably already knew that though by his novel like post's and number crunching that would make a math professors head spin. lol.   I just bought his tags and permit apps yesterday as his birthday present.  Not sure what to do now.  Maybe we will put in together one last time. I don't know.  I don't know much of anything right know.
That sounds like a great plan, put in as partners one more time. Put Dayton on there for a choice. I would be honored to show you around.  :tup:
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Button Nubbs on April 24, 2013, 08:56:42 AM
Thank you everyone, I truly mean that.  Thank you Doug for the offer also.  The thing about Aaron is he never slowed down for one second!  He was so passionate about every single thing he did in life.  I think everyone probably already knew that though by his novel like post's and number crunching that would make a math professors head spin. lol.   I just bought his tags and permit apps yesterday as his birthday present.  Not sure what to do now.  Maybe we will put in together one last time. I don't know.  I don't know much of anything right know.

Wow, that brought a tear to my eye. I say put in with him!
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: pendoreilleadventures on April 24, 2013, 08:57:57 AM
Wow this is Shocking. So sorry for your loss BLRMan. Didn't know him personally but felt like I did by the post he posted truly a Great man lost RIP Aaron.
Title: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: stickbuck on April 24, 2013, 08:58:54 AM
Thank you everyone, I truly mean that.  Thank you Doug for the offer also.  The thing about Aaron is he never slowed down for one second!  He was so passionate about every single thing he did in life.  I think everyone probably already knew that though by his novel like post's and number crunching that would make a math professors head spin. lol.   I just bought his tags and permit apps yesterday as his birthday present.  Not sure what to do now.  Maybe we will put in together one last time. I don't know.  I don't know much of anything right know.

BLR, my condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. I am just too choked up to even type. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I hope you submit those apps as you had planned!! God bless.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Russ McDonald on April 24, 2013, 08:59:36 AM
 "Wars come and go, but my soldier stay eternal."  for some reason this saying came into my head when I was reading about colockumelk.  It is a quote from a movie and lyrics from a song.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 24, 2013, 09:00:44 AM
Thank you everyone, I truly mean that.  Thank you Doug for the offer also.  The thing about Aaron is he never slowed down for one second!  He was so passionate about every single thing he did in life.  I think everyone probably already knew that though by his novel like post's and number crunching that would make a math professors head spin. lol.   I just bought his tags and permit apps yesterday as his birthday present.  Not sure what to do now.  Maybe we will put in together one last time. I don't know.  I don't know much of anything right know.

Wow, that brought a tear to my eye. I say put in with him!
   You know the *censored*s of the thing is he never drew a bull tag in this state!  He loved elk more than anyone I ever knew and he wanted desperately to draw a tag and kill a bull!  I promised him before he left that when he got his ass back safe that i would take him to colorado and get him a bull and to hell with waiting on washington.  We talked about that hunt a lot in the last month or so.  I spent all monday and tuesday doing research on some colorado units.  I really wanted to get it dialed in and make sure it was a successful hunt.  He just wanted to kill a good bull.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: muleyslayer#1 on April 24, 2013, 09:00:52 AM
I'm so sorry. My prayers and condolences go out to the family. I thank clockumelk for serving our country he was a hero to all of us.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: rudedawg1085 on April 24, 2013, 09:02:16 AM
indeed a sad day, my prayers go out to his family...thank you for all your services colockumelk.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Button Nubbs on April 24, 2013, 09:04:31 AM
Thank you everyone, I truly mean that.  Thank you Doug for the offer also.  The thing about Aaron is he never slowed down for one second!  He was so passionate about every single thing he did in life.  I think everyone probably already knew that though by his novel like post's and number crunching that would make a math professors head spin. lol.   I just bought his tags and permit apps yesterday as his birthday present.  Not sure what to do now.  Maybe we will put in together one last time. I don't know.  I don't know much of anything right know.

Wow, that brought a tear to my eye. I say put in with him!
   You know the *censored*s of the thing is he never drew a bull tag in this state!  He loved elk more than anyone I ever knew and he wanted desperately to draw a tag and kill a bull!  I promised him before he left that when he got his ass back safe that i would take him to colorado and get him a bull and to hell with waiting on washington.  We talked about that hunt a lot in the last month or so.  I spent all monday and tuesday doing research on some colorado units.  I really wanted to get it dialed in and make sure it was a successful hunt.  He just wanted to kill a good bull.

You need to do it for him.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: buckcanyonlodge on April 24, 2013, 09:04:49 AM
May GOD rest his soul and comfort his family. Here is a tribute to our armed forces by Rhema Marvanne. Dedicated to our soldiers and family........ go to full screen and turn up the volume...have some tissues.  click on or copy and paste

Dedicated to Our Soldiers & Family - plz "Share" - Rhema "Note To God" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t6C1UCP19U#ws)
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Goldeneye on April 24, 2013, 09:05:36 AM
I'm so sorry for your loss BLRman.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Alchase on April 24, 2013, 09:06:22 AM
Thank you everyone, I truly mean that.  Thank you Doug for the offer also.  The thing about Aaron is he never slowed down for one second!  He was so passionate about every single thing he did in life.  I think everyone probably already knew that though by his novel like post's and number crunching that would make a math professors head spin. lol.   I just bought his tags and permit apps yesterday as his birthday present.  Not sure what to do now.  Maybe we will put in together one last time. I don't know.  I don't know much of anything right know.

Wow, that brought a tear to my eye. I say put in with him!
   You know the *censored*s of the thing is he never drew a bull tag in this state!  He loved elk more than anyone I ever knew and he wanted desperately to draw a tag and kill a bull!  I promised him before he left that when he got his ass back safe that i would take him to colorado and get him a bull and to hell with waiting on washington.  We talked about that hunt a lot in the last month or so.  I spent all monday and tuesday doing research on some colorado units.  I really wanted to get it dialed in and make sure it was a successful hunt.  He just wanted to kill a good bull.

Just a thought, you should still do your Colorado hunt, I am guessing that he probably would have wanted to see you continue, besides, he will still be with you.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Tbar on April 24, 2013, 09:08:11 AM
Sorry to hear. RIP. Prayers and thoughts to your family. The world has lost a huge asset.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Band on April 24, 2013, 09:09:01 AM
Very sad to hear this news.  The only thing I knew about Coluckumelk is that he was a passionate person who stood up for his beliefs and I believe he had a very good heart.  Condolences to his family and friends.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: TommyH on April 24, 2013, 09:09:21 AM
Thank you everyone, I truly mean that.  Thank you Doug for the offer also.  The thing about Aaron is he never slowed down for one second!  He was so passionate about every single thing he did in life.  I think everyone probably already knew that though by his novel like post's and number crunching that would make a math professors head spin. lol.   I just bought his tags and permit apps yesterday as his birthday present.  Not sure what to do now.  Maybe we will put in together one last time. I don't know.  I don't know much of anything right know.

Wow, that brought a tear to my eye. I say put in with him!
   You know the *censored*s of the thing is he never drew a bull tag in this state!  He loved elk more than anyone I ever knew and he wanted desperately to draw a tag and kill a bull!  I promised him before he left that when he got his ass back safe that i would take him to colorado and get him a bull and to hell with waiting on washington.  We talked about that hunt a lot in the last month or so.  I spent all monday and tuesday doing research on some colorado units.  I really wanted to get it dialed in and make sure it was a successful hunt.  He just wanted to kill a good bull.

You need to do it for him.


I agree,                               RIP
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 24, 2013, 09:10:31 AM
He had so much to do still, so much unfinished business!  I am scared to death because his wife and her family are from north carolina and I fear I won't know my nephew that well and more importantly he won't properly know who his father truly was.  He's only 4 for *censored*s sake.  I don't remember *censored* from when I was 4!
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: boneaddict on April 24, 2013, 09:12:26 AM
With the permission of Dale, I am going to try to get the Joshua Cup going again, and all funds will be distributed to Aarons kids.   For those of you not knowing what this is, we will talk about it elsewhere as soon as Administration and I hash it out.   Its a charity/contest we have hosted several times.   I can't think of a better reason for this charity than this.   
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Hurricane on April 24, 2013, 09:13:49 AM
There are no words that can be said that will ease the pain of losing a loved one. I am sorry for your loss and prayers for your family.  He made the ultimate sacrifice to keep the rest of us safe.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: grundy53 on April 24, 2013, 09:16:56 AM
With the permission of Dale, I am going to try to get the Joshua Cup going again, and all funds will be distributed to Aarons kids.   For those of you not knowing what this is, we will talk about it elsewhere as soon as Administration and I hash it out.   Its a charity/contest we have hosted several times.   I can't think of a better reason for this charity than this.   

That is a wonderful idea!
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: jackelope on April 24, 2013, 09:18:27 AM
With the permission of Dale, I am going to try to get the Joshua Cup going again, and all funds will be distributed to Aarons kids.   For those of you not knowing what this is, we will talk about it elsewhere as soon as Administration and I hash it out.   Its a charity/contest we have hosted several times.   I can't think of a better reason for this charity than this.   

I'm in. Let me know what I need to do.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Buckmark on April 24, 2013, 09:19:53 AM
My prayers and condolences go out to the family.
*
Only knew him from his posts and banter with other members on various subjects but he will be missed.
I can only imagine the type of person he was but i remember a post he made of a parody of top gun and how it made me laugh.
RIP
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 24, 2013, 09:22:06 AM
I can't put into words the guilt that I feel.  Aaron was always goof ball.  Ever since we were little I was always the responsible one.  I always took it upon myself to look over and protect my brothers.  Had to make sure Aaron didn't walk off a cliff while staring at a butterfly or something while hunting lol.  I know there was nothing I could have done but the guilt I feel for not being there to protect him like I should have done is tearing me up.  I struggled with this same guilt when my little brother was there last year and now its back 10 fold.  -karl
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Taco280AI on April 24, 2013, 09:23:41 AM
Hope they send some good, experienced people for the funeral detail. Have done quite a few while on training bubbles, is always an honor.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 24, 2013, 09:26:56 AM
Hope they send some good, experienced people for the funeral detail. Have done quite a few while on training bubbles, is always an honor.
my little brother got asigned to escort duty he will be meeting me at Dover to bring him home.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 24, 2013, 09:29:16 AM
If i don't make it back lyrics (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9r_b01VFIJw#)
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: pianoman9701 on April 24, 2013, 09:30:52 AM
I can't put into words the guilt that I feel.  Aaron was always goof ball.  Ever since we were little I was always the responsible one.  I always took it upon myself to look over and protect my brothers.  Had to make sure Aaron didn't walk off a cliff while staring at a butterfly or something while hunting lol.  I know there was nothing I could have done but the guilt I feel for not being there to protect him like I should have done is tearing me up.  I struggled with this same guilt when my little brother was there last year and now its back 10 fold.  -karl

I hope you'll soon realize that having an older brother like you and the rest of your family is what made him a man who was patriotic enough to fight for his country in spite of the dangers that presented. In all of his posts, you could tell that his patriotism was fierce and his resolve was intense. He didn't just make that stuff up one day. The people like you who had influence on his early life gave that to him to turn him into the brave man he became. You can be proud not only of your lost brother, but of how you looked after him and of the example you set that helped him be the man he was.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Wazukie on April 24, 2013, 09:31:48 AM
As a Pastor, I have been involved in in a lot of memorial services, but when it is someone you know or a fellow brother in arms, it is never easy.  The video that was posted in this thread, if you watch it, make sure you got your hanky with you!

My heart goes out to you BLRman, and to your family!  May God bless you and comfort you and give the strength to carry on.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 24, 2013, 09:32:34 AM
I Drive Your Truck (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCSMCgqlc-0#ws)
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Mike450r on April 24, 2013, 09:34:41 AM
The ultimate sacrifice, the ultimate hero.    I am so sorry BLR.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: JLS on April 24, 2013, 09:34:55 AM
I can't put into words the guilt that I feel.  Aaron was always goof ball.  Ever since we were little I was always the responsible one.  I always took it upon myself to look over and protect my brothers.  Had to make sure Aaron didn't walk off a cliff while staring at a butterfly or something while hunting lol.  I know there was nothing I could have done but the guilt I feel for not being there to protect him like I should have done is tearing me up.  I struggled with this same guilt when my little brother was there last year and now its back 10 fold.  -karl

Prayers, thoughts and sympathies are with you, Aaron's wife and son, and the rest of yours and her families.  May God help you find peace through this difficult time.

There are no special permits required in Heaven, RIP soldier. :'(
Title: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Ridgerunner on April 24, 2013, 09:35:54 AM
This sucks!  I didn't know him but appreciated what he added here and seemed like a great guy, prayers sent..........
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: mrmoskillz on April 24, 2013, 09:36:33 AM
Thank you everyone, I truly mean that.  Thank you Doug for the offer also.  The thing about Aaron is he never slowed down for one second!  He was so passionate about every single thing he did in life.  I think everyone probably already knew that though by his novel like post's and number crunching that would make a math professors head spin. lol.   I just bought his tags and permit apps yesterday as his birthday present.  Not sure what to do now.  Maybe we will put in together one last time. I don't know.  I don't know much of anything right know.

Wow, that brought a tear to my eye. I say put in with him!
   You know the *censored*s of the thing is he never drew a bull tag in this state!  He loved elk more than anyone I ever knew and he wanted desperately to draw a tag and kill a bull!  I promised him before he left that when he got his ass back safe that i would take him to colorado and get him a bull and to hell with waiting on washington.  We talked about that hunt a lot in the last month or so.  I spent all monday and tuesday doing research on some colorado units.  I really wanted to get it dialed in and make sure it was a successful hunt.  He just wanted to kill a good bull.

 Just an idea but I think you should do the Colorado hunt for him with his bow.  Kill the bull he would of wanted to kill with his bow and when the time is right give that  bow to his Son.

My thoughts and prayers go out to you and yours.

Scott
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: coachcw on April 24, 2013, 09:37:36 AM
Dam I can't hardly work , cant imagine what your going through ...... We are there for you ...
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 24, 2013, 09:38:12 AM
I can't put into words the guilt that I feel.  Aaron was always goof ball.  Ever since we were little I was always the responsible one.  I always took it upon myself to look over and protect my brothers.  Had to make sure Aaron didn't walk off a cliff while staring at a butterfly or something while hunting lol.  I know there was nothing I could have done but the guilt I feel for not being there to protect him like I should have done is tearing me up.  I struggled with this same guilt when my little brother was there last year and now its back 10 fold.  -karl

I hope you'll soon realize that having an older brother like you and the rest of your family is what made him a man who was patriotic enough to fight for his country in spite of the dangers that presented. In all of his posts, you could tell that his patriotism was fierce and his resolve was intense. He didn't just make that stuff up one day. The people like you who had influence on his early life gave that to him to turn him into the brave man he became. You can be proud not only of your lost brother, but of how you looked after him and of the example you set that helped him be the man he was.
  This kind of made me laugh because he was my big brother not the other way around. 
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Jingles on April 24, 2013, 09:40:39 AM
As a retired military there are many words that can be said but they don't express the true feelings of loosing a brother in arms even one you didn't personally get to know but this is my feeling at present. With the sun behind it like a setting sun May our family member rest in peace in God's hand and may God bring comfort to the family and friends
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: pendoreilleadventures on April 24, 2013, 09:46:34 AM
I got an idea. Lets get a paypal account setup for BLRman and lets get him enough to buy the gov tag next year so he can go get that bull of a lifetime for Aaron??? We have almost 13000 members if we all gave less then 5 dollars we would have enough to get that tag.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: trophyhunt on April 24, 2013, 09:49:00 AM
I'm in, great idea. 
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: MtnMuley on April 24, 2013, 09:49:50 AM
Sickening news.  Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.  His knowledge and posts will be  greatly missed.

 RIP, brave one, and thank you for providing us the freedom that most take for granted.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Fowlweather25 on April 24, 2013, 09:50:04 AM
I'm so sorry for your loss! RIP Aaron. I always enjoyed reading your posts.

Go kill his Colorado bull. He will be there with you!
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Woodchuck on April 24, 2013, 09:50:44 AM
I got an idea. Lets get a paypal account setup for BLRman and lets get him enough to buy the gov tag next year so he can go get that bull of a lifetime for Aaron??? We have almost 13000 members if we all gave less then 5 dollars we would have enough to get that tag.
:yeah:
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: KFhunter on April 24, 2013, 09:52:03 AM
ugh  terrible news this morning  RIP clock

Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: toothfangclaw on April 24, 2013, 09:54:54 AM
I am truly surprised, shocked and saddened. My thoughts and prayers are to you blr and family. 

Thank you Aaron for keeping us safe. Putting your everything on the line for me, us, current, past and future generation. Thank you.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: TheFewTheProud on April 24, 2013, 09:55:12 AM
I Drive Your Truck (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCSMCgqlc-0#ws)

Sir,

I'm sorry for your loss. I lost a Marine Corps buddy at the end of last year and this song says it all.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Mfowl on April 24, 2013, 09:56:47 AM
Rest in peace, Colockumelk! Thank you for your service! My condolences to you BLRman and your family. Sad indeed.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: 6x6in6 on April 24, 2013, 10:03:45 AM
With a tear in my eye and lump in my throat I am just speechless!!!

A very, very sad day.   :(
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: scoyoc5 on April 24, 2013, 10:05:08 AM
God bless the men and women who protect our great country. Rest in peace our hero
    :cryriver:
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 24, 2013, 10:05:58 AM
I just talked to my cousin scott who is in the marine corp and currently in country and will be flying home with Aaron so he doesn't have to fly alone.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: carpsniperg2 on April 24, 2013, 10:07:57 AM
Seems like we were just talking to him yesterday. He will be missed very much and may he RIP.

Prayers sent to his family.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: cem3434 on April 24, 2013, 10:08:01 AM
It seems like it was just a few days ago I was sending him off with prayers and thanking him for his service.  This is just overwhelming.

DANG Crazysccrd and all of our other members over there.   Be careful.  WE REALLY DO CARE and THANK YOU for what you are doing, eventhough we wish you were home.   

 :yeah: What a reality check....makes a guy think how lucky we really are to have guys and gals like this that are willing to risk it all for the rest of us.  A sad day for sure and my thoughts and prayers go out to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and to the other men and women that are still risking it all.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Kola16 on April 24, 2013, 10:08:25 AM
This is very tuff news. RIP and thank you for your service
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 24, 2013, 10:10:58 AM
Lets not forget that another one of our brave men were killed in this attack.  If anyone on here knows how to look that kind of thing up I would like to know his name.  We must remember them all.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: addicted on April 24, 2013, 10:12:28 AM
They dont release names until they are sure families are notified officially to prevent crap falling on a crappy thing.

http://icasualties.org/oef/Fatalities.aspx (http://icasualties.org/oef/Fatalities.aspx) they should be the top two i thinkg.

whats aarons last name.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 24, 2013, 10:14:24 AM
Captain Aaron R. Blanchard
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: jrebel on April 24, 2013, 10:14:56 AM
Very sad day indeed.  My thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of a hero. 
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 24, 2013, 10:17:16 AM
thats a lot of names.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Machias on April 24, 2013, 10:18:19 AM
I'm just stunned, I feel like one of my mules kicked me right in the gut.  This just breaks my heart for his family.

BLRman, I am 133 miles from Dover, it's a little far, but you and you're family are more than welcome to stay at my house and if you need transportation or anything please let me know.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: PolarBear on April 24, 2013, 10:19:09 AM
WOW!  I don't know what to say.  What a waste of a good man.  Sending a ton of prayers to his family.  Wow.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 24, 2013, 10:20:45 AM
I'm just stunned, I feel like one of my mules kicked me right in the gut.  This just breaks my heart for his family.

BLRman, I am 133 miles from Dover, it's a little far, but you and you're family are more than welcome to stay at my house and if you need transportation or anything please let me know.
  Thank you for the offer.  I don't know what arrangements the Army has lined up for me.  Doesn't matter its not like I am gonna eat or sleep anytime in the near future.  I just want to get him home!
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: boneaddict on April 24, 2013, 10:23:43 AM
I just got a call from my wife who works at a school in Selah.   Everyone is in shock and in prayer for your family.   A gal she works with has a son that was a real good friend (grew up with him) and is also in Afgan.   Lots of little people lifting their Hero up.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: addicted on April 24, 2013, 10:25:34 AM
thats a lot of names.

too many....
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: fishseeker on April 24, 2013, 10:25:44 AM
What can I say, I'm trying to think of something but words won't come to my mind. My Thoughts are with the Family in this hard time. WOW is all I can say.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Labs07 on April 24, 2013, 10:26:46 AM
I am sad to hear that!  My thoughts and prayers are going out to his family!
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Machias on April 24, 2013, 10:27:45 AM
I'm just stunned, I feel like one of my mules kicked me right in the gut.  This just breaks my heart for his family.

BLRman, I am 133 miles from Dover, it's a little far, but you and you're family are more than welcome to stay at my house and if you need transportation or anything please let me know.
  Thank you for the offer.  I don't know what arrangements the Army has lined up for me.  Doesn't matter its not like I am gonna eat or sleep anytime in the near future.  I just want to get him home!

I understand, I'll PM you my cell number.  Use it, don't use, just know if you need anything while you are back here, please call me and I will do my best to help however I can.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: hntrspud on April 24, 2013, 10:27:52 AM
I got an idea. Lets get a paypal account setup for BLRman and lets get him enough to buy the gov tag next year so he can go get that bull of a lifetime for Aaron??? We have almost 13000 members if we all gave less then 5 dollars we would have enough to get that tag.

 :yeah:  :yeah:

I am so sorry for what you and your family are going thru. Celebrate Aaron, and the wonderful life he lived!!
Prayers
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: jackelope on April 24, 2013, 10:37:54 AM
I'm just stunned, I feel like one of my mules kicked me right in the gut.  This just breaks my heart for his family.

BLRman, I am 133 miles from Dover, it's a little far, but you and you're family are more than welcome to stay at my house and if you need transportation or anything please let me know.
  Thank you for the offer.  I don't know what arrangements the Army has lined up for me.  Doesn't matter its not like I am gonna eat or sleep anytime in the near future.  I just want to get him home!

I understand, I'll PM you my cell number.  Use it, don't use, just know if you need anything while you are back here, please call me and I will do my best to help however I can.

Atta boy, Fred.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: MikeWalking on April 24, 2013, 10:38:54 AM
So sorry to hear this.  My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: sumbeech66 on April 24, 2013, 10:41:35 AM
Sorry for your family's loss. He will be missed and remembered.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: rebal69972 on April 24, 2013, 10:48:37 AM
the other soldier was lt Hess
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: et1702 on April 24, 2013, 10:48:44 AM
WOW, Ultimate sacrifice for all of us! Please do let us know if there is anything you or family need.  Prayers are with you and yours.

ET
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: hollymaster on April 24, 2013, 10:49:26 AM
My prayers to the family. RIP hunt-washington brother!
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: rebal69972 on April 24, 2013, 10:52:59 AM
BLR I'm sure you know more then I do but I will pass along anything I find out. I'm so sorry.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 24, 2013, 10:54:21 AM
the other soldier was lt Hess
  Thank you.  How did you know Aaron?
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: jeepasaurusrex on April 24, 2013, 10:54:37 AM
I am sitting her in disbelief as many of you are. I never met Aaron in person, but talked with him many times on here and other forums we belong to. As a fellow Army Aviator, the sadness is that much more. I know that he would of never wanted to go out like that, but in the sky behind the controls of a machine that he loved.

RIP Aaron, you will be missed.  :salute:
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: addicted on April 24, 2013, 10:57:39 AM
I wish i was at my home base for the ramp ceremony. this news really has me shut down today.  Arron and i almost crossed paths on the last trip down there i think i recall. looking at this list i can remember some of the occurrances from my time starting around page 13.  A guy i knew raphael arruda is on page 14. this list is far too long.   
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: bearpaw on April 24, 2013, 10:58:16 AM
I read the title and thought there must be some mistake. I am without words, through his posts on the forum I know Aaron was a great person. I cannot express how badly I feel for his family and friends. This is just unbelievable, my condolences to Aaron's family and friends.

Goodbye clockumelk, although we never met I felt like I knew you, I will miss your intelligent well thought posts, I greatly appreciate all your efforts to promote hunting and your true desire to see wildlife managed responsibly, and lastly thank you so much for your service to our nation.  :hello:

Captain Aaron R. Blanchard   :salute:
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Huntboy on April 24, 2013, 10:58:57 AM
BLRman, my condolences and prayers to your family.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: rebal69972 on April 24, 2013, 11:02:58 AM
my wife is part of Aarons unit. she will be going over in about 2 weeks.  I don't know how much it means right now but I will be going to get his deer stand in a week or so. I would like to return it. I'll tell you I was really looking forward to hunting with him in NY
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 24, 2013, 11:06:42 AM
my wife is part of Aarons unit. she will be going over in about 2 weeks.  I don't know how much it means right now but I will be going to get his deer stand in a week or so. I would like to return it. I'll tell you I was really looking forward to hunting with him in NY
  lol.  He would laugh at that because he knows my deep hatred for stand hunting!  I know its not up to me but if becky doesn't care I say just keep it.  He would want someone to enjoy it.  Those timber whitetails gave him absolute fits. lol
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: brianb231 on April 24, 2013, 11:09:56 AM
This is truly a tradgedy. I did not know Aaron personally, but read all of his Elk analysis for the colockum and could tell he was a very passionate person on what he beleived in. I can only assume that is why he stepped up for his country and took a post. It is obvious that he was loved and respected by many. Even those that had never met him. My Heart goes out to his family and friends. A true loss.

BLR, I would like to post a pic and mention him on my Facebook page with your permission. More people should know and pay tribute to your brother and ours.

Please let me know if this is ok. If not I completley understand.

Thanks

Brianb231
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Greenhorn on April 24, 2013, 11:10:19 AM
BLR, so sorry for your loss.  I have been upset about this all morning and I didn't even know you guys.  Words can't express my gratitude for Aaron and his families service and sacrifice for our country.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: firefighter4607 on April 24, 2013, 11:12:38 AM
 :'(
Colockumelk seemed like a great guy, threw PMs and his posts.
BLRman you and your family are in my prayers. Prayers also go out to the other soldier that passed. Rest In Peace Aaron You will be truly missed.
 :salute:

Please keep this thread up to date with any information on any type of donations that this site is going to offer. Maybe make this a sticky thread for a while?
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: jackelope on April 24, 2013, 11:15:00 AM
Sticky'd.

We're in the works to revive the Joshua Cup from years past. Doug suggested it. Sounds like a perfect time.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 24, 2013, 11:16:36 AM
go ahead brian.  I don't have any good pictures of him on my computer but I know he has some on his facebook page so maybe you can pull one off of there.  All my picks he has his creepy rapist 5 day hunting mustache. lol.  -karl
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: boneaddict on April 24, 2013, 11:21:05 AM
I got the OK for the cup!    I'll have it posted by tonight.    Charlie (Bucklucky) also donated a mount that we can auction off along with the Charity like we did the first season of the Cup.   We'll have more details later.   

Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Smossy on April 24, 2013, 11:21:26 AM
Sleep well man. Your in a better place, No wars to fight. Just peace.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: HighCountryHunter88 on April 24, 2013, 11:23:18 AM
prayers sent
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Atroxus on April 24, 2013, 11:28:49 AM
Prayers sent.

Will be looking for a link to donate for the governor's tag idea as well.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Watimberghost on April 24, 2013, 11:38:09 AM
So sorry to hear this. Thoughts and prayers with him and his family.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Austrian Hunter on April 24, 2013, 11:38:30 AM
I got the OK for the cup!    I'll have it posted by tonight.    Charlie (Bucklucky) also donated a mount that we can auction off along with the Charity like we did the first season of the Cup.   We'll have more details later.

Bone,
I would like to donate a round of Golf for one foursome with carts and a $100 food credit at the restaurant (Certificate value is $600 to be auctioned off on Huntwa)  Please PM me where to send the certificate. 
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: doyourtime89 on April 24, 2013, 11:39:52 AM
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and yours
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: boneaddict on April 24, 2013, 11:41:37 AM
Thank you Austrian.   I'll have the contest, the links and we'll have the ball rolling tonight.   Then we will start with auctions.   THank you very much! 
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: huntnphool on April 24, 2013, 11:42:55 AM
I got the OK for the cup!    I'll have it posted by tonight.    Charlie (Bucklucky) also donated a mount that we can auction off along with the Charity like we did the first season of the Cup.   We'll have more details later.

Bone,
I would like to donate a round of Golf for one foursome with carts and a $100 food credit at the restaurant (Certificate value is $600 to be auctioned off on Huntwa)  Please PM me where to send the certificate.
Very cool Rene' :tup:
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Limhangerslayer on April 24, 2013, 11:53:45 AM
 
As a retired military there are many words that can be said but they don't express the true feelings of loosing a brother in arms even one you didn't personally get to know but this is my feeling at present. With the sun behind it like a setting sun May our family member rest in peace in God's hand and may God bring comfort to the family and friends

with permission from blr and jingles I would like to make this my avatar.  Sorry for your loss Blr
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Evil_EdwardO on April 24, 2013, 11:56:12 AM
Sad day indeed. I'm lost for words. Didn't know him but enjoyed reading his posts. My condolences to all his family and friends.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: washelkhunter on April 24, 2013, 12:01:26 PM
I'm sad to hear of this bad news.  RIP.   :salute:
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: StuckoYota99 on April 24, 2013, 12:02:57 PM
Will be prayin for friends and family.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Bean Counter on April 24, 2013, 12:09:02 PM
Oh DAMN!  :cryriver:

What terrible news to log on to. His contributions to the forum will be missed by many.  My brother-in-law and him were classmates in ROTC.  :bash:  :bash:  :bash:

(http://www.ramseyfuneral.com/media/4669356/flag-salute.jpg)
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Russ McDonald on April 24, 2013, 12:12:13 PM
This is truly a tradgedy. I did not know Aaron personally, but read all of his Elk analysis for the colockum and could tell he was a very passionate person on what he beleived in. I can only assume that is why he stepped up for his country and took a post. It is obvious that he was loved and respected by many. Even those that had never met him. My Heart goes out to his family and friends. A true loss.

BLR, I would like to post a pic and mention him on my Facebook page with your permission. More people should know and pay tribute to your brother and ours.

Please let me know if this is ok. If not I completley understand.

Thanks

Brianb231
I was thinking the same thing as Brianb231.  Even though I didn't know colockumelk I would like to post also on my FB if ok with you BLRman.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: rainshadow1 on April 24, 2013, 12:24:34 PM
Bone, be sure to link and promote the fundraiser. I want to be part of that.

Prayer for colockumelk's family members and loved ones. Proud of him. Didn't have to have shaken his hand to be proud of him. Thank You, Aaron.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: boneaddict on April 24, 2013, 12:26:06 PM
I will Rainshadow.   

I just opened a brochure from CWUs ROTC program.   About made me lose it.   I wonder if they know.   
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Shannon on April 24, 2013, 12:28:02 PM
Very sad! Our thoughts are with your family. I would like to donate to a fund for his kids also. Post the details when you have something arranged.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Bean Counter on April 24, 2013, 12:58:09 PM
...
I just opened a brochure from CWUs ROTC program.   About made me lose it.   I wonder if they know.

Yes, they know. My brother in law said he was getting calls about it even before morning PT.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Bigshooter on April 24, 2013, 01:20:35 PM
I have no words.  RIP
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: CementFinisher on April 24, 2013, 01:22:20 PM
may god ease the pain of your family. Horrible to see another American hero pay the ultimate price. I hope you get to continue your relationship with the nephews.  Stay strong
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: ellensburgpo on April 24, 2013, 01:22:55 PM
A great loss. Rest in peace brother.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: uplandhunter870 on April 24, 2013, 01:26:43 PM
my  utmost sincerest condolences to you BLR and your/colockum's families. i didnt know colockum outside of HW but my few convo's with him lead me to believe he was one hell of good guy. I pray God gives your families the strength to get through this terrible time.

He is a true American Hero

may he rest in peace and enjoy eternal glory
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Woodchuck on April 24, 2013, 01:38:31 PM
Does anyone know the name of the base where Aaron was at?
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: rebal69972 on April 24, 2013, 01:41:45 PM
I do but im not sure I can say without getting my wife into trouble
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: hoyt2002 on April 24, 2013, 01:44:51 PM
it  a sad day. RIP clockumelk.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Jerbear on April 24, 2013, 01:55:15 PM
I had trouble accepting this, until I read a few posts.  May God comfort his family, and his other family here on HW.  Dale could we have a memorial banner across the mast head?   
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: h20hunter on April 24, 2013, 01:56:48 PM
I don't know how to feel. I didn't know him...only read his posts and I'm extremly saddened. A banner would be awesome.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Woodchuck on April 24, 2013, 01:58:43 PM
I do but im not sure I can say without getting my wife into trouble
Gotcha, thanks
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: kisfish on April 24, 2013, 02:02:25 PM
Very sad. Rest in peace. Prayers to the family
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: 101521 on April 24, 2013, 02:05:04 PM
Prayers sent. May God bless his family and give them the strength in this tough time.  R.I.P. sir.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: zackmioli on April 24, 2013, 02:05:23 PM
like many others i only knew him thru his posts, but he seemed like a straight forward and stand up guy. he will be missed. RIP and thank you for your service. thoughts to his family and friends.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: jackelope on April 24, 2013, 02:07:46 PM
I had trouble accepting this, until I read a few posts.  May God comfort his family, and his other family here on HW.  Dale could we have a memorial banner across the mast head?   
Just ran that up the flagpole with the boss.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: K357** on April 24, 2013, 02:17:50 PM
He sounded like a very Honorable man.. I pray that God blesses his family and friends strength and gives them the peace that surpasses all understanding...

Sorry for your loss... :'(
Kim
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Spuddieselwwu on April 24, 2013, 02:19:24 PM
Sad day. He was a good dude.

Thoughts and prayers with his family. 
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: pendoreilleadventures on April 24, 2013, 02:49:20 PM
Blrman would you be okay with the PayPal account to raise money for you to buy gov tag next year in honor of Aaron?

Sent from my C771 using Tapatalk 2
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: phishisgroovin on April 24, 2013, 03:16:09 PM
I will be up in the Colockum over Memorial day weekend. I would like to plant a tree, place a flag and set a stone in his honor out in the middle of the plateau where the Elk Herd hangs out & I sit. He was supposed to come up to my camp one of these days, I thank you ColockumElk (Aaron) for your service and our ultimate sacrifice for all of us.
I will talk to you up in the fields my friend....
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 24, 2013, 03:24:05 PM
Blrman would you be okay with the PayPal account to raise money for you to buy gov tag next year in honor of Aaron?

Sent from my C771 using Tapatalk 2

  Its a great idea but I wouldn't know what to do with it all if we didn't raise enough.  Also there is know way I could dedicate enough time to honor the tag.  I'll get a otc tag and go climb a mountain somewhere.  Get it done just like we always did together.  The hard way.  Thank you though, I really mean that.  Thank you everyone.  I tried to pull some pictures off his facebook page but it was just too hard!  Anyone is more than welcome to post some pics up from his facebook.  Everyone should see his face.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: buckmaster_wa on April 24, 2013, 03:27:18 PM
It is great to see the overwhelming support from the hunt-wa members. For those who never met Aaron, but read his stories, he was just like you would imagine him. An extremely hyper active, funny, hardcore hunter and a great guy to hang out with. Also as you could imagine. His stories were even better in person. He was one hell of a story teller. Never a dull moment when he was around. I will cherish the memories in the field with you Aaron. Thank you for your sacrafice.  May god be with you and your family.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Austrian Hunter on April 24, 2013, 03:36:33 PM
I will be up in the Colockum over Memorial day weekend. I would like to plant a tree, place a flag and set a stone in his honor out in the middle of the plateau where the Elk Herd hangs out & I sit. He was supposed to come up to my camp one of these days, I thank you ColockumElk (Aaron) for your service and our ultimate sacrifice for all of us.
I will talk to you up in the fields my friend....

Wow, I like your idea!! 
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: MichaelJ on April 24, 2013, 03:41:56 PM
BLRMan,
I attended a Colockum elk forum with Aaron a few years back (4-5) and we sat together and he spoke with a great passion for our state's elk herds. Afterwards we shared a beer or 2 together and BS'd about many different things. I'm sincerely sorry for your loss and I will miss reading his posts.  He was a great man.  He always had a passion for flying and serving his country... I will miss him. Again if there's anything you need let me/us know.

This sucks....

Mike

Sent from my C771 using Tapatalk 2

Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: elk247 on April 24, 2013, 03:48:36 PM
Its a sad day. Prayers for his family.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Wacenturion on April 24, 2013, 03:51:12 PM
So sad....he was a great member here.  We're all going to miss him.  Prayers to his family and friends. 
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: shorthair15 on April 24, 2013, 04:05:25 PM
rest in peace brother! from one veteran to another. my heart goes out to you and your family. it hurts every time i read one of these ,you are not forgotten. :'( you are one of the true heroes. all though i did not know you. i feel a bond with every veteran. i can not put into words how sorry i am for his children and his family for there loss. god bless you brother and your family!
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: D-Rock425 on April 24, 2013, 04:12:28 PM
I looked at his Facebook for a while today.  Very sad day.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: WonkyWapiti on April 24, 2013, 04:14:11 PM
This is frickin awful, prayers sent. 
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Tundra on April 24, 2013, 04:16:25 PM
Thanks for his service, I pray you will have the strength to be there as needed for his kids.  My heart is out to the family and my prayers are with you.  God Bless...
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: alecvg on April 24, 2013, 04:19:06 PM
Don't even know what to say.  Prayers sent.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: jeepasaurusrex on April 24, 2013, 04:20:11 PM

LOW FLIGHT

Oh, I've slipped the surly bonds of earth
And hovered out of ground effect on semi-rigid blades;
Earthward I've auto'ed and met the rising brush of non-paved terrain
And done a thousand things you would never care to
Skidded and dropped and flared
Low in the heat soaked roar.
Confined there, I've chased the earthbound traffic
And lost the race to insignificant headwinds;
Forward and up a little in ground effect
I've topped the General's hedge with drooping turns
Where never Skyhawk or even Phantom flew.
Shaking and pulling collective,
I've lumbered The low untresspassed halls of victor airways,
Put out my hand and touched a tree.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: dreamingbig on April 24, 2013, 04:21:16 PM
A sad day for sure.  Prayers sent to the family.  :'(
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: SemperFidelis97 on April 24, 2013, 04:43:44 PM
Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss.  Aaron will truely be missed.  Maybe as suggested the fund can go to getting something done for his kids college, a vacation, or something to help them they will be the ones that need the most support through this.  Semper Fidelis Aaron you served your country with honor, we all hope to be half the man you were.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: flatbkman on April 24, 2013, 04:48:07 PM
I only knew him through this forum but will miss him and his input greatly. My prayers are for him and his family.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: jason stevens on April 24, 2013, 04:55:30 PM
I never had the pleasure of conversation with this man wish I could have thank you for your service rip a nd my family and I are praying for loved ones left.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: fishinmike on April 24, 2013, 05:10:40 PM
You will be missed, R.I.P. Thank you for all you have given for all of us.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: timberghost72 on April 24, 2013, 05:21:23 PM
Horrible to hear this. My prayers out to BLR and all the family. RIP Colockum. Thank you for your service and dedication to protecting all of us.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: wadu1 on April 24, 2013, 05:30:06 PM

LOW FLIGHT

Oh, I've slipped the surly bonds of earth
And hovered out of ground effect on semi-rigid blades;
Earthward I've auto'ed and met the rising brush of non-paved terrain
And done a thousand things you would never care to
Skidded and dropped and flared
Low in the heat soaked roar.
Confined there, I've chased the earthbound traffic
And lost the race to insignificant headwinds;
Forward and up a little in ground effect
I've topped the General's hedge with drooping turns
Where never Skyhawk or even Phantom flew.
Shaking and pulling collective,
I've lumbered The low untresspassed halls of victor airways,
Put out my hand and touched a tree.
Well done~~RIP Clockumelk
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: huntandjeep on April 24, 2013, 05:35:11 PM
So sorry to hear . RIP.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Ranger91298 on April 24, 2013, 05:41:23 PM
Captain Aaron R. Blanchard (clockumelk), I never had the chance to meet you but it has been an honor serving the same Country as you. I have lost 16 friends personally in Iraq/Afghanistan and it never gets easier. Though we have never crossed paths it still tears at my heart for your loss as well as all the other men and women of our armed forces. Thank you for your sacrifice and dedication to our freedom that my family and I are able to enjoy.   

BLRman, thank you for having shared your brother with us. Thank you for having the strength to come on HuntWA to share your stories and confirming the hard truth. They say "time heals all wounds" but I believe we learn how to deal with the pain in time. Please honor your brother by continuing to hunt and push that love and joy Aaron had of being in the mountains to his son. When you put that big bull down it will be in honor of Aaron and the hard work you two have put into hunting. Please pass on my thoughts and prayers to your entire family.   
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: DOUBLELUNG on April 24, 2013, 05:47:03 PM
I am writing with tears on my cheeks, sleeve and in my lap.  I never met Aaron, but we exchanged many PMs and emails while he was researching the Colockum elk herd.  He was an ardent conservationist, rarely have I encountered someone that passionate about a cause who was yet so open-minded and wanting factual information.  We had planned to get together, I wish that could happen.

I saw on Facebook earlier today that Doug had lost a friend; never had even the briefest thought it might be him. 
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: firefighter4607 on April 24, 2013, 05:47:58 PM
Blrman would you be okay with the PayPal account to raise money for you to buy gov tag next year in honor of Aaron?

Sent from my C771 using Tapatalk 2
Since the Cup is going around to give to his family, and if people are still willing to donate for this tag idea. Since BLR has declined the tag maybe the funds can go to Wounded Warrior or Camp Patriot in memory of Aaron's name. Or another group like those.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Wea300mag on April 24, 2013, 05:50:18 PM
I'm not sure there are enough words to describe the feelings I have. Aaron gave all, and his family and friends are now suffering, so the rest of us can live freely during the day and sleep safely at night. You will never be forgotten around here.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Mudman on April 24, 2013, 05:54:07 PM
I didnt know the man yet I feel I did.  Why we lose the best of us early is a mystery.  The footprint we leave is what sets the great apart from others.  The Lord took a great one, again.  Big shoes to fill.  Thanks to all who left GIANT footprints to follow.  These posts choke me up as its clear he was a loved and great man.  I hope his children can read these someday and know their Father did make a diference in this world and was respected greatly!
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: actionshooter on April 24, 2013, 05:55:15 PM
 I never spoke or even PMd him, but I can tell the type of person he was from the responses here. I truly feel for the family.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Rainier10 on April 24, 2013, 06:04:02 PM
I am shocked and saddened by the loss, prayers to the family.  What a great man and a terrible loss for all.  RIP
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: NumaJohn on April 24, 2013, 06:07:06 PM
So sad.  My family's and my thoughts are with Aaron's family and friends.

Grateful for his service,

John
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: B.G.hunter on April 24, 2013, 06:08:04 PM
I never spoke or even PMd him, but I can tell the type of person he was from the responses here. I truly feel for the family.
x2

He was very passionate guy and his post were allways full of knowledge and thought.  He also entertained with the his sense of humour.  The back and forth between him and the "BMM" was some of my favorites.  He will be missed but not forgotten.  Thank you BLR and be strong for his wife and kids.
RIP Colockumelk, Thank you for your service.  :salute:  :'(
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: beave on April 24, 2013, 06:16:31 PM
We lost a true Hero, keeping us all safe.   So sad to hear the news..
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: billythekidrock on April 24, 2013, 06:18:14 PM
After reading all twelve pages I sit here teary-eyed in shock not knowing what to say.

BLRman, my condolences to you and your family.

Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: trophyhunt on April 24, 2013, 06:30:16 PM
I always get a bit teary when I hear of solders dying, this one even though I never met Aaron makes for a very sad day. Once again, RIP Aaron and may you be sitting by God and the angels for eternity. I will raise a glass in your honor tonight!
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: gonehuntin68 on April 24, 2013, 06:31:23 PM
I feel for his family. Thanks to him for the ultimate sacurfice. He went out like a bad ass.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: RUTNBULL1 on April 24, 2013, 06:34:04 PM
I was hoping the call that I received today was one of untruth...I have just walked into the door and went to this forum..Though I have been a member of HW since 2008, I haven't been visiting much of late. I never had the pleasure of meeting Aaron in person but like others have mentioned in all previous statements in this post we all were graced with his knowledge and enthusiasm of his Country, Family, Friends, and The wildlife management of Elk in this Screwed up State. "BLRman, you and your family are in all of our Hearts, Prayers, and thoughts on these days and weeks ahead and I give you my condolences..." I am forever grateful for Aaron's service as well as others that have served and are serving to Protect our Freedoms... May the Lord give your family a healing touch to your hearts and provide you with the comfort and the strength that you will need!! May we all not forget those that have fallen but celebrate their lives and carry on their legacy's!!!!

" Aaron" Rest in Peace my Hunt WA. Brother!!! 
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Dode on April 24, 2013, 06:41:50 PM
RIP Colockumelk. Condolences to the family.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Kazekurt on April 24, 2013, 06:56:21 PM
RIP!  A true hero!  Heartfelt thanks and respect from the Plaisted household.  Our prayers are with your family.  Hopefully, all of us on the forum can step up and make sure this hero's children( if he has some) have someone to take them hunting.  Id be honored to do so. 
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: christopheri on April 24, 2013, 06:57:44 PM
I have been sitting here reading old posts since I got home and read the news.... I dont even know what to say. RIP Colockumelk. I honor you and your service, sacrifice to our country. I send my condolences and prayers to your family.  :salute:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Halo on April 24, 2013, 07:01:41 PM
Beyond sad, Thoughts and prayers to his family.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: steen on April 24, 2013, 07:04:23 PM
Very shocking, sad to say the least.  Praying for his family and friends.  Thanks to all who serve our country and their families who also sacrifice a lot!
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: buckmaster_wa on April 24, 2013, 07:06:21 PM
Couple pics of colockumelk
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: sled on April 24, 2013, 07:09:20 PM
  I Did Not Know Him, But Exchanged Pms With Him Several Times. Reading These Posts I Can See That  He Is Well Respected And Was One Hell Of A Man. 

  Could Someone Please Post A Link To His Facebook Page?
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Kowsrule30 on April 24, 2013, 07:21:35 PM
Oh no... I'm at a loss and can't belive it.... Best wishes to all family and friends BLR....  RIP CLOCKUMELK    :salute:   May you still be chasing elk in the hills forever.....   
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Turner89 on April 24, 2013, 07:38:06 PM
R.I.P. Colockumelk. Sorry to hear this. Thank you for your service.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: D-Rock425 on April 24, 2013, 07:45:45 PM
https://m.facebook.com/aaron.blanchard.94?__user=100003662350330
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: D-Rock425 on April 24, 2013, 07:47:05 PM
Hope that works.  Its from my phone.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: hunting4sanity on April 24, 2013, 08:12:37 PM
Thoughts and prayers sent.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: cougfan79 on April 24, 2013, 08:20:31 PM
Thank you for all you have done for this country, and for all the insight on your passion for the outdoors.  Aaron you will be missed and my prayers go out to your family.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: demontang on April 24, 2013, 08:34:22 PM
Its horrible to here this and have to deal with the feeling of lose. I pray for his family and close friends I know my home will be dealing with this lose and my wife is a little down. Rip  :'(
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: haugenna on April 24, 2013, 08:38:19 PM
Memorial Day Tribute (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_T5jES0DRg#)



My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy our freedom.

Words can't express our thanks to you and your family.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: toothfangclaw on April 24, 2013, 09:05:49 PM
I am still O.O over this. It's put me in a funk all day.  R.I.P. my hunting brother.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: 100 grain on April 24, 2013, 09:09:53 PM
You are sooooo right kazekurt. A TRUE HERO! This man everyone is speaking of is A TRUE HERO! For those who were able to know him are the lucky ones and for his family here at huntWa we couldn't be prouder. To you I salute fallen soldier as we are who we are because of individuals such as you that fight for our freedom. Rip
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Sawbuck on April 24, 2013, 09:12:09 PM
Another pic from his Facebook, don't know how anybody could have a dry eye after checking out his wall.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: WDFW Hates ME!!! on April 24, 2013, 09:22:04 PM
Just remember, Gone but not forgotten... Never forgotten. My family will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Fish4Fun on April 24, 2013, 09:26:32 PM
OMG!!!  Not good to hear, I am just lost for words. Prayers to his family in such a sad time. 
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Antlershed on April 24, 2013, 09:30:50 PM
Horrible news. Thoughts and prayers to his family.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: fireoff on April 24, 2013, 09:32:52 PM
Thank you for your service. Your family is now ours to take care with with HONOR.
RIP, you have done enough
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: mkcj on April 24, 2013, 09:37:55 PM
RIP brother, I never knew you but know that not only did we as fellow hunters lose a friend but the wildlife of Washington lost a devoted individual. :'(
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: dontgetcrabs on April 24, 2013, 09:38:49 PM
 :salute:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Caseyd on April 24, 2013, 09:44:57 PM
RIP Aaron

I like others never met him in person but feel like I knew him well through this site. In the 6 years as a member of this site I have never experienced something as touching as this...it has taken me all day to read through the post and be able to compose myself to write this message.

Prayers and Condolences to the family and friends.

Never surprised, but always amazed at the support of the Hunt-Wa community. Lets do all we can to support the family please.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: jeepasaurusrex on April 24, 2013, 09:50:52 PM
I was asked on another forum if there is an official release from the department of the Army yet?
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: PacificNWhunter on April 24, 2013, 09:53:32 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Thank you Aaron for your service, there are a ton of guys and gals like me who appreciate the freedom you and others have paid the ultimate price for.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: xd2005 on April 24, 2013, 10:06:07 PM
I was asked on another forum if there is an official release from the department of the Army yet?

Not that I've seen. I'd keep an eye out at http://www.defense.gov/releases/ (http://www.defense.gov/releases/)
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: jody on April 24, 2013, 10:10:52 PM
Beyond sad, Thoughts and prayers to his family.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Birdguy on April 24, 2013, 10:19:29 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Thank you Aaron for your service, there are a ton of guys and gals like me who appreciate the freedom you and others have paid the ultimate price for.

 :yeah: my thoughts exactly....I am without words  :'(
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: hambone on April 24, 2013, 10:25:36 PM
A sad day to many young men gone my thoughts and prayers to the family.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Dan-o on April 24, 2013, 10:27:03 PM
Thank you isn't nearly enough....

Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: HHPro on April 24, 2013, 10:34:45 PM
He was the most knowledgeable member on here and he never had a closed mind in a discussion,pure American hero never replace a guy like that.Rip and happy endless hunting.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: johnnyaustin44 on April 24, 2013, 10:35:20 PM
Terrible news to hear.... really too bad. Thoughts and prayers to his friends and family.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Chase 1 on April 24, 2013, 10:48:53 PM
Heavy heart!! Your wealth of knowledge, common sense, and sharp wit will be missed. Thank you for your service and sacrifice! You are a true American hero!!! RIP
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Bigluke1981 on April 24, 2013, 10:53:46 PM
R.I.P Aaron, I always enjoyed reading your posts on here and other forums. You will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family along with the other brave soldier that lost his life on that day. Thank you and all the service men and women for your service!!!
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Worldhunter on April 24, 2013, 11:02:20 PM
Fly with the angels brother.
ATTACK!
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: lokidog on April 24, 2013, 11:13:51 PM
Heavy heart!! Your wealth of knowledge, common sense, and sharp wit will be missed. Thank you for you service and sacrifice! You are a true American hero!!! RIP

And copy many other previous posts.   :'(
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: conwaydave on April 25, 2013, 12:43:58 AM
So sad, I am able to lay in bed and write this, because there are people like Captain Aaron R. Blanchard in this world. Running towards helicopters to help fight the enemy. And to fight for my/our freedom in this country.

God Bless Captain Aaron R. Blanchard and his Family.

R.I.P. COLOCKUMELK
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: RadSav on April 25, 2013, 12:54:47 AM
I just can not find any words worthy of expressing my appreciation and sorrow. 

First thread I opened today and I didn't want to acknowledge it as possible. So I said nothing.
After coming to the realization of truth I was so filled with grief I could not write anything.  So I said nothing.
Later my grief turned to great anger and I kept it off the board.  So I said nothing.
And though we had just begun building our friendship and making plans for his return I feel such loss that words just seem inadequate.  But I need to say something.

I want to say something profound, something comforting and something that expresses my emotions while showing the family how much I appreciate them sharing this man with Hunt Washington and myself.  And yet nothing seems expressive or heart felt enough for the way I feel.


God bless heroes like Aaron.
God bless the families of our fallen heroes.
Lord please comfort us and help us heal our wounds of war.
Though the time you gave us was far too short, thank you Lord for the time we did have.
I now know what a true hero believes in, what he sounds like, and what he acts like.
My life was so much better on the day you took him than the day I met him because you gave me the opportunity to know him.
And though my sorrow tomorrow will undoubtedly lead me to curse you.  I will continue to praise you for what you have given.

I will miss you Colockumelk.  Thank you for reaching out and becoming my friend.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: JoeE on April 25, 2013, 04:13:46 AM
Semper Fi, brother. RIP.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: brush hunter on April 25, 2013, 04:50:20 AM


All gave some

you gave all
Rest in Peace Brother, we shall never forget. :salute:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: boneaddict on April 25, 2013, 05:39:04 AM
The Joshua Cup is rolling.....

http://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php/topic,124030.msg1638687.html#msg1638687 (http://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php/topic,124030.msg1638687.html#msg1638687)


For anyone not knowing what it is for or what its about, please either ask on here or contact me.   
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: 400out on April 25, 2013, 05:49:26 AM
May you hunt every day my brother and until we meet keep heaven on it's toes!  8)


R.I.P Clock! and thank you!!!
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: muzbuster on April 25, 2013, 05:54:59 AM
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Thank you Aaron for your service, there are a ton of guys and gals like me who appreciate the freedom you and others have paid the ultimate price for.

 :yeah: my thoughts exactly....I am without words  :'(
:yeah:
 :salute:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: 10thmountainarcher on April 25, 2013, 06:03:51 AM
Rip brother. I appreciate all you've done for our country. As a grunt, ireally appreciate the work you've done to save our butts.  I can't believe this..
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: blackveltbowhunter on April 25, 2013, 06:30:00 AM
Colock.....You died so I may FREELY live, words can never express my gratitude or my thanks. A humble Thank You is the best I can give. Thoughts and prayers towards your family.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: whacker1 on April 25, 2013, 07:02:35 AM
BLRman - thank you for sharing with us the loss of your dear departed brother.  I too like others never met him in person, but had many conversations on various subjects with him over the last several years.

He will be truly missed and I pray for your family at this difficult time in your lives.

I hope to be able to help in some small way

R.I.P.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: The Weazle on April 25, 2013, 07:12:15 AM
BLRman, I am sorry for you and your families loss.  I am over here right now, and it never gets easier.  I will dedicate my morning run to him tomorrow morning!  Again, my deepest condolences...
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: sven on April 25, 2013, 08:06:23 AM
BlRman, My heart goes out to you and your family............will miss his comments and knowledge, Thank you Colockumelk for all you did for the Country and the HW family R.I.P .......
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Coastal_native on April 25, 2013, 08:20:41 AM
I've been following this since yesterday.  I'm heartbroken. 

I did not need to meet Aaron in person to know that if more people lived life with as much passion as he did, we'd all be better off. 

He has been my primary source of information as I've taken up bow hunting.  He even picked out my bow for me and showed me where to buy it.  I'll forever be reminded of his passion and his sacrifice every time I draw it back.  I was really looking forward to his congratulations after posting my first successful bow hunt. 

I thought about removing the phrase under my screen name, but I want to keep it in memory of the laughs we shared.

Thank you Aaron for your sacrifices.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Wenatcheejay on April 25, 2013, 08:26:32 AM
I knew Aaron through this site and He will be missed. It is hard to put to words the emotions that are felt right now.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: ELKBURGER on April 25, 2013, 09:19:50 AM
I read this saddening news this morning and just finished reading the whole thread. There has been so many peoples lives touched by him. I pray for his family and friends, that they find peace in all thier memories with him.
Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice Capt. Blanchard. :salute:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: elkaholic123 on April 25, 2013, 09:59:53 AM
http://www.mortuary.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123345863 (http://www.mortuary.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123345863)
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Machias on April 25, 2013, 10:09:42 AM
Dang, not enough time for me to get up there and stand on a flag line or be part of an escort.  :(:(
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Elkpiss on April 25, 2013, 10:34:00 AM
Unbelieveable... I was in Law N Justice at Central when Aaron went there as well... Just un flippin believeable..  I didnt know him that well but who doesnt know him from this site... just chokes me up reading this and reading other peoples posts!... Ill drink a beer for you tonight brother!.. May the elk gods treat you well on the otherside!.. RIP Aaron!...  Prayers to his family and wife and kids!..
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: 6x6in6 on April 25, 2013, 10:46:39 AM
I will be up in the Colockum over Memorial day weekend. I would like to plant a tree, place a flag and set a stone in his honor out in the middle of the plateau where the Elk Herd hangs out & I sit. He was supposed to come up to my camp one of these days, I thank you ColockumElk (Aaron) for your service and our ultimate sacrifice for all of us.
I will talk to you up in the fields my friend....
I too will be up there on the Mem weekend.  Most likely in upper Coleman, near the tamarack forest area.
It would be an honor to saddle up and ride over to participate if you would allow so.  :)
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: turkeydancer on April 25, 2013, 10:48:12 AM
I am so thankful that Aaron (and men like him) lived, but am truly saddened by his passing and your families and friends loss.  My heart truly goes out to you BLRman, and to your family!  May God bless you, comfort you and give you and yours the strength to carry on. 

My friends would tell you that I'm never at a loss for words, but I am now ... and my face is totally wet ...  keep his memory alive with his children ... may they never want ... lol !
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Ripper on April 25, 2013, 10:51:55 AM
Peace be with you my brother, you are a true hero.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: JackOfAllTrades on April 25, 2013, 10:58:41 AM
I am at a loss for words...
 
I never met Aaron, but through his written musings here I felt that this was a guy I could sit down at a camp fire and talk all night with... You could just tell, that he loved the outdoors, that he loved to fly, that he was dedicated to serving his country. The Hunt-Wa extended family has lost a friend.  RIP Aaron. May God watch over and protect your family.
 
-Steve
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Carnivore on April 25, 2013, 11:02:48 AM
Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice! Thoughts and prayers for the family and everyone that knew him.  RIP Colockumelk you will be greatly missed by many.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: ouchfoss on April 25, 2013, 11:08:13 AM
After reading this whole thread this morning I am sick to my stomach.
I never met the guy or talked with him online but he seemed like an awesome guy with a great love of the outdoors. Sad day.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Ridge Roamer on April 25, 2013, 11:20:42 AM
Sad news to hear, I did not know Colockumelk but appreciated his posts - I remember his last post saying he was heading out for duty & I thought " What a great stand up guy". Prayers to the family & friends of this hero.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Rudy on April 25, 2013, 11:34:42 AM
Sad news to hear, I did not know Colockumelk but appreciated his posts - I remember his last post saying he was heading out for duty & I thought " What a great stand up guy". Prayers to the family & friends of this hero.

 :yeah: Prayers and to the family, it is always sad to hear about someone falling in combat.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Little Dave on April 25, 2013, 11:57:41 AM
Aaron used his life to make a difference, an inspiration for all of us.
Heartfelt prayers to his family for their loss.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: flinger on April 25, 2013, 12:22:21 PM
A day and a half of reading the continuous posts and I still cannot find words to adequately express my feelings
A huge thank you for all of your contributions to this site and your service and sacrifice for our freedoms
Blrman Thoughts and prayers from my family to yours 
From one of his last posts
" So since I don't like good byes I will say see ya'll later."
We Will see ya later buddy
 R.I.P Colockumelk :salute:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Elkstuffer on April 25, 2013, 12:52:07 PM
This is absolutely horrible news. As others I never had the pleasure to meet him, but appreciated his brutal honesty thru his posts, even though he ruffled a few feathers, he was spot on. Thank you for your service young man and may God be with your family at this unimaginable time. We need to bring this men and women home before anymore harm comes to them.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: seth30 on April 25, 2013, 02:21:21 PM
What a shame.  I hope that one day his family and friends will once again find joy.   Rest in Peace Colockumelk :salute:
Title: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: MuleySniper on April 25, 2013, 04:48:02 PM
Wow this is very sad. I wish your family the best through this hard time blrman. Hopefully you will get the opportunity to take your nephew hunting at sime point. Hopefully you'll get an opportunity to put him behind a BLR .243 or 30.06 someday! Perfect first big game rifle.
MS


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Alan K on April 25, 2013, 05:17:44 PM
Like many others on here, I never met the man in person, but through reading his posts on here he seemed like a great, knowledgeable man.  My condolences to the family, just a terrible loss.  :sry:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 25, 2013, 05:55:54 PM
Hey everyone I just thought I would check in and give an update on whats going on.  My father and I flew out last night to Dover AFB where we met my younger brother who flew in from Ft. Richardson Alaska.  We had an amazing flight experience as the USO catered to our every need.  We are staying at the Fisher House which is a crazy nice house that is for the family of the fallen with all the comforts of home and more food than a Costco.  Aaron came in at about 1630 and the Honorary Transport ceremony was very well done.  My big brothers flag draped coffin being carried off of a C-17 was something I cannot describe with words.  My brother and I were blown away when we pulled up huntwa and saw all the support from everyone.  The Joshua cup was really something else to see!  Thank you everyone!  They will hold Aaron's body for about 5 days to do all the necessary preparations and then Michael will escort him home and I will fly home.  I will keep everyone updated on everything and when the services will be.  From me and my whole family, THANK YOU!!!!
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: jackelope on April 25, 2013, 06:04:27 PM
Thanks for the update. Really sorry for what you and your family is having to go through right now.

Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: gaddy on April 25, 2013, 06:05:28 PM
be safe in your travels & our thougts are with you & your family.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: trophyhunt on April 25, 2013, 06:07:33 PM
 :'( :'( :'( :'(, Again, God bless you and your family-especially your fallen brother Aaron.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Redsand187 on April 25, 2013, 06:09:27 PM
I actually lived across the street from the Blanchard's when I we were little.  Me and my older brother, and Karl and Aaron played together all of the time.  (20+ years ago)

The one thing that I can say, is even back then, Aaron dreamed of being a military aviator.  So at the very least, he accomplished his childhood dream, unfortunately many more he didn't even get a shot at completing.

Our whole family's thoughts are with you and the family Karl.

edit: I just realized this was my first post, been lurking for 6 months or so.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: PlateauNDN on April 25, 2013, 06:21:57 PM
I jusy seen on evening news and this is a sad day for sure for a young man I respected greatly. Rest in peace brother. Semper Fi.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Sawbuck on April 25, 2013, 06:28:51 PM
http://bigstory.ap.org/photo/aaron-r-blanchard-5 (http://bigstory.ap.org/photo/aaron-r-blanchard-5)
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: bigbuck$down on April 25, 2013, 06:40:46 PM
BLRman my friend, I am sorry that this will be my first post on this site.  I have read many a posts on here, including from you and from Colockumelk.  I would have liked to have posted under different circumstances.

My family and I are deeply saddened to hear about your brother.  He is a true American hero and I feel proud to have met him long ago. 

Karl we had some good times in our younger days, enjoying a duck blind or chasing those wily roosters.  I hope that the memories that you and your brother shared in the woods together stay fresh in your mind eternally.  If you ever need a hand or a haul out, don't hesitate to get a hold of me.

On behalf of the Harris family, our prayers are with Aaron's wife and children, as well as you and the entire Blanchard family at this time.

Again, we thank him for his service and he will not be forgotten.

J
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: rasbo on April 25, 2013, 06:44:47 PM
PRAYERS FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS..SHOCKING NEWS HE WILL BE MISSED HERE FORESURE..
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Malottguy on April 25, 2013, 06:50:58 PM
From my family, Prayers and condolences. He is in the hands of God now with Jesus by his side.

As others have said, I didn't know him personally, but will miss his insight and true passion for hunting.

To his friends and family if there is anything we can do please let us know.

Heaven honors those like Aaron who were put themselves in harms way, so that others may always be Free.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Jason on April 25, 2013, 07:41:13 PM
Captain Aaron R. Blanchard I thank you for serving our country and for the sacrifices you have given us to keep us free and safe from the evils of the world. And to the family of Aaron, my heart go out to you in your time of sorrow.
Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: norsepeak on April 25, 2013, 07:42:17 PM
Very sad news.  Didn't know him personally, only on the forum but always enjoyed is well thought out and educated posts.  He was a true advocate for hunting in washington and for OUR freedoms.  God bless.  You will be missed.
Title: Re: we lost one of our own (colockumelk)
Post by: Hunting Cowboy on April 25, 2013, 07:42:34 PM
Very sad news, you seemed like a very dedicated and sinceable man. Thankyou for your service to keep our freedom. Colockumelk you will be in my thoughts for a long time even if I only knew you from your posts.

Well said Idabooner.....Sick to my stomach to hear this sad news. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends...
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: 400out on April 25, 2013, 09:00:07 PM
Thanks for the update. Really sorry for what you and your family is having to go through right now.
I can't get you out of my mind brother!  :yeah:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: sled on April 25, 2013, 09:14:57 PM
Thanks for the update. Really sorry for what you and your family is having to go through right now.
I can't get you out of my mind brother!  :yeah:
:yeah:  Your Not The Only One For Sure.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Curly on April 25, 2013, 09:20:08 PM
I just don't know what to say, so I haven't posted.  But I guess it is time to say something.  I was in shock and disbelief when I first read the news. 

I always enjoyed Aaron's posts on here.  Like many others on this virtual family, I felt like I knew him even though we'd never met.  :salute:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: stickflngr on April 25, 2013, 10:30:03 PM
Like so many on here Im at a loss what to say.

   Aaron, you are what makes this country great and Im very proud of you and Im sorry you had to pay the ultimate price to protect our freedom.  I will do everything I can to fight for our freedoms and see that others keep theres  that you fought so hard for. I shall forever remember you and the first arrow out of my bow this hunting season will have your name on it.

   May prayers go out to all of the family that has lost this wonderful man. God bless
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: 7mag. on April 25, 2013, 10:35:45 PM
I just don't know what to say, so I haven't posted.  But I guess it is time to say something.  I was in shock and disbelief when I first read the news. 

I always enjoyed Aaron's posts on here.  Like many others on this virtual family, I felt like I knew him even though we'd never met.  :salute:

That's how I feel as well. I was so shocked and saddened by this news, I sat my 7 yo. son down and explained what it meant to join the military and serve our country, how important it is to never forget the men and women who have died for our freedom, and the loss felt by their families and friends.

BLRman, thank you so much for your families sacrifice. Please know that there is an entire nation that is proud of your brother's selfless acts, and humbled by his heroism.


Semper FI, Aaron. God bless....
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 26, 2013, 12:09:52 AM
Last time we were all together.  My little brothers wedding, about a week before Aaron deployed.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 26, 2013, 12:10:51 AM
Good god were we hung over!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: mkcj on April 26, 2013, 01:05:56 AM
What a great picture and memory :tup:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Wanttohuntmore on April 26, 2013, 04:59:57 AM
Not knowing what to say, other than my prayers are with you BLRman and Aaron's whole family.  Aaron's posts, and straight forwardness, was one of the best things I looked forward to on this site.   Truly the kind of person to be proud of.  He will be truly missed, not just here, but in society, you could tell good things would come from him.  We could all use some of Aaron's strength and motivation in our hearts.  God bless Aaron and those like him.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Machias on April 26, 2013, 05:25:02 AM
One of the sayings we always hear in the Military is it's a small world.  I have a good friend out here in Virginia that I have known for 20 years.  I posted on my face book page for my family and friends to pray for Aaron's family.  Well Tony Boyce, my friend, his daughter's best friend is friends with the Hess' family.  Small world.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: boneaddict on April 26, 2013, 06:18:55 AM
Same thing happened to me Fred.  Not quite as worldly as I am local, but I posted a tribute to him on facebook and a friend of mine, who has a daughter on my daughters soccerteam, grew up with Aaron.   Never knew....
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Machias on April 26, 2013, 06:52:07 AM
I guess Tony's daughters friend is dating LT Hess' brother.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: fishngamereaper on April 26, 2013, 07:21:54 AM
Theres a nice artilce on KOMO today that has some pics...
http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Army-pilot-from-Washington-killed-in-Afghanistan-204849301.html (http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Army-pilot-from-Washington-killed-in-Afghanistan-204849301.html)
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Rooster1981 on April 26, 2013, 07:54:44 AM
I didn't know Aaron, I only knew of him from this site. We both shared a great passion for the colockum elk herd, and I really enjoyed his writtings on the colockum elk herd subject. I often thought about him when I was hunting in Parke Creek wondering if he was up there chasing the same elk I was. His memory will live on with the land and animals he was so passionate to protect.
  R.I.P. Colockumelk
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: bullcanyon on April 26, 2013, 08:02:05 AM
Never met Aaron, but felt like I knew him through his posts.  I enjoyed reading what he had to say.  This is giving me a bit of a gut check.  My thoughts are with his family. I feel for them.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Raul Duke on April 26, 2013, 08:09:11 AM
Rest in Peace Aaron. I'm still at a loss for words. I too enjoyed your post and am still in a bit of shock.

-R.D.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: h20hunter on April 26, 2013, 09:14:18 AM
He is home.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Austrian Hunter on April 26, 2013, 09:22:34 AM
He is home.

 :salute:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: IBspoiled on April 26, 2013, 09:24:20 AM
It's been a very sad week.  Thank you Colockumelk (Aaron) for your service to our country and for giving your all for our freedoms.  May God fill your wife, children and family members with peace during this sad time. 
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Dave Workman on April 26, 2013, 09:41:18 AM
REQUIEM

by: Robert Louis Stevenson

UNDER the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.
This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from the sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: jackelope on April 26, 2013, 09:52:12 AM
He is home.

 :salute:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Gringo31 on April 26, 2013, 10:07:15 AM
I've read this through and while I have the same feelings, thoughts and prayers as the rest of you... I think there is something missing.  I never had the honor to shake this mans hand and was only blessed to know him from this site.  I read the comments and see the words used to describe Aaron.  Words like, Protector, Great, Respected, Hero.  That he was living his dream, stood tall, encouraged and helped others, passionate, dedicated, the "best man I ever knew" and indeed we are thankful such men lived.

So....the point I'm trying to make is that while this is terribly tragic, it is MY opinion that if we focus only on this terrible loss......THAT is even more tragic.  What can we learn from Aaron's example to us?  I ask and urge each of you to focus on HOW he accomplished so many noble traits and HOW we can duplicate.  I ask and encourage each of you to think of these things and then examine ourselves and make the changes we need to make in ourselves, as an attempt to be as honorable as he was.  It is written in the Bible that "it is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every person; the living should take this to heart.”  I think this gut check for many of us has some value.  It is good for us and a big “Reality Check”.  This is much of the point I’m trying to make.  Life is a very precious gift.   While it is true it can always be better, it also can always be worse.  I ask that you look around at your own family and friends and appreciate what blessings they really are.  Be the person who appreciates all of the gifts we’ve been given, reach out and encourage others to keep in focus the things that really matter....

And, I pray we are given the strength to do just that.....


Indeed, I am thankful such men lived.....They become the example of who I aim to be....
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Machias on April 26, 2013, 10:11:03 AM
Here here!!
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Rudy on April 26, 2013, 10:23:42 AM
I've read this through and while I have the same feelings, thoughts and prayers as the rest of you... I think there is something missing.  I never had the honor to shake this mans hand and was only blessed to know him from this site.  I read the comments and see the words used to describe Aaron.  Words like, Protector, Great, Respected, Hero.  That he was living his dream, stood tall, encouraged and helped others, passionate, dedicated, the "best man I ever knew" and indeed we are thankful such men lived.

So....the point I'm trying to make is that while this is terribly tragic, it is MY opinion that if we focus only on this terrible loss......THAT is even more tragic.  What can we learn from Aaron's example to us?  I ask and urge each of you to focus on HOW he accomplished so many noble traits and HOW we can duplicate.  I ask and encourage each of you to think of these things and then examine ourselves and make the changes we need to make in ourselves, as an attempt to be as honorable as he was.  It is written in the Bible that "it is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every person; the living should take this to heart.”  I think this gut check for many of us has some value.  It is good for us and a big “Reality Check”.  This is much of the point I’m trying to make.  Life is a very precious gift.   While it is true it can always be better, it also can always be worse.  I ask that you look around at your own family and friends and appreciate what blessings they really are.  Be the person who appreciates all of the gifts we’ve been given, reach out and encourage others to keep in focus the things that really matter....

And, I pray we are given the strength to do just that.....


Indeed, I am thankful such men lived.....They become the example of who I aim to be....

 :yeah: Very, VERY, well said!
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Broken Arrow on April 26, 2013, 10:41:25 AM
What terrible news. Thoughts and prayers with all those connected.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Wazukie on April 26, 2013, 10:43:23 AM
AMEN Gringo!
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Huntboy on April 26, 2013, 11:05:01 AM
AMEN Gringo!

 :yeah:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: bow4elk on April 26, 2013, 11:12:08 AM
I've read this through and while I have the same feelings, thoughts and prayers as the rest of you... I think there is something missing.  I never had the honor to shake this mans hand and was only blessed to know him from this site.  I read the comments and see the words used to describe Aaron.  Words like, Protector, Great, Respected, Hero.  That he was living his dream, stood tall, encouraged and helped others, passionate, dedicated, the "best man I ever knew" and indeed we are thankful such men lived.

So....the point I'm trying to make is that while this is terribly tragic, it is MY opinion that if we focus only on this terrible loss......THAT is even more tragic.  What can we learn from Aaron's example to us?  I ask and urge each of you to focus on HOW he accomplished so many noble traits and HOW we can duplicate.  I ask and encourage each of you to think of these things and then examine ourselves and make the changes we need to make in ourselves, as an attempt to be as honorable as he was.  It is written in the Bible that "it is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every person; the living should take this to heart.”  I think this gut check for many of us has some value.  It is good for us and a big “Reality Check”.  This is much of the point I’m trying to make.  Life is a very precious gift.   While it is true it can always be better, it also can always be worse.  I ask that you look around at your own family and friends and appreciate what blessings they really are.  Be the person who appreciates all of the gifts we’ve been given, reach out and encourage others to keep in focus the things that really matter....

And, I pray we are given the strength to do just that.....


Indeed, I am thankful such men lived.....They become the example of who I aim to be....

Not sure there can be a better message in the wake of Aaron's passing.  Thanks for putting that into words.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Austrian Hunter on April 26, 2013, 11:12:23 AM
AMEN Gringo!  :tup:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: DOUBLELUNG on April 26, 2013, 11:29:02 AM
I have one small story to relate.  When graduating CWU, Colockumelk mentioned in a post that he was looking for work - any work - before starting his active duty commissioned service.  I sent him a message that I had quite a bit of painting work I'd be happy to have him do for pay.  His response asked if I would be willing to have another 2Lt from his ROTC class take the job instead, because he had a scholarship and the other guy didn't - that his friend needed the work more than him.  True leadership.

I was happy to hire the other young soldier, but now I really wish he'd taken the work himself.  I would have been honored to know him personally.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: FSTaxidermy on April 26, 2013, 11:34:51 AM
I've read this through and while I have the same feelings, thoughts and prayers as the rest of you... I think there is something missing.  I never had the honor to shake this mans hand and was only blessed to know him from this site.  I read the comments and see the words used to describe Aaron.  Words like, Protector, Great, Respected, Hero.  That he was living his dream, stood tall, encouraged and helped others, passionate, dedicated, the "best man I ever knew" and indeed we are thankful such men lived.

So....the point I'm trying to make is that while this is terribly tragic, it is MY opinion that if we focus only on this terrible loss......THAT is even more tragic.  What can we learn from Aaron's example to us?  I ask and urge each of you to focus on HOW he accomplished so many noble traits and HOW we can duplicate.  I ask and encourage each of you to think of these things and then examine ourselves and make the changes we need to make in ourselves, as an attempt to be as honorable as he was.  It is written in the Bible that "it is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every person; the living should take this to heart.”  I think this gut check for many of us has some value.  It is good for us and a big “Reality Check”.  This is much of the point I’m trying to make.  Life is a very precious gift.   While it is true it can always be better, it also can always be worse.  I ask that you look around at your own family and friends and appreciate what blessings they really are.  Be the person who appreciates all of the gifts we’ve been given, reach out and encourage others to keep in focus the things that really matter....

And, I pray we are given the strength to do just that.....


Indeed, I am thankful such men lived.....They become the example of who I aim to be....

Not sure there can be a better message in the wake of Aaron's passing.  Thanks for putting that into words.

 :yeah:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: ELKBURGER on April 26, 2013, 11:39:03 AM
He is home.
:salute:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Kc_Kracker on April 26, 2013, 12:47:11 PM
If you didn't get to know him you truly missed out. I have been MIA until today.  Chris just told me via FB, I'm crushed  like Chris and my family, a few of us had plans to take him either hunting or fishing when he came back for time off, we personally had plans to take him and his family fishing and crabbing for some real time off and family enjoyment. G

Get our fawking troops home, we no longer have any business is that god forsaken hell hole. I was there in 1991, and again in 1999, its now 2013, its time to go Gawddanmit!  :bash:

This has rocked our house. at this point im too choked up to say anymore :cryriver:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Kc_Kracker on April 26, 2013, 01:11:34 PM
I've read this through and while I have the same feelings, thoughts and prayers as the rest of you... I think there is something missing.  I never had the honor to shake this mans hand and was only blessed to know him from this site.  I read the comments and see the words used to describe Aaron.  Words like, Protector, Great, Respected, Hero.  That he was living his dream, stood tall, encouraged and helped others, passionate, dedicated, the "best man I ever knew" and indeed we are thankful such men lived.

So....the point I'm trying to make is that while this is terribly tragic, it is MY opinion that if we focus only on this terrible loss......THAT is even more tragic.  What can we learn from Aaron's example to us?  I ask and urge each of you to focus on HOW he accomplished so many noble traits and HOW we can duplicate.  I ask and encourage each of you to think of these things and then examine ourselves and make the changes we need to make in ourselves, as an attempt to be as honorable as he was.  It is written in the Bible that "it is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every person; the living should take this to heart.”  I think this gut check for many of us has some value.  It is good for us and a big “Reality Check”.  This is much of the point I’m trying to make.  Life is a very precious gift.   While it is true it can always be better, it also can always be worse.  I ask that you look around at your own family and friends and appreciate what blessings they really are.  Be the person who appreciates all of the gifts we’ve been given, reach out and encourage others to keep in focus the things that really matter....

And, I pray we are given the strength to do just that.....


Indeed, I am thankful such men lived.....They become the example of who I aim to be....

in the dawn of such a tragedy, wow....
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Dave Workman on April 26, 2013, 01:45:11 PM
‘Colockumelk’ is coming home

When he saddled up to deploy to Afghanistan, former Selah resident Aaron Blanchard, known to his many friends on the Hunting-Washington forum as “Colockumelk,” posted a note on April 11 that noted, “Well it’s my turn once again to head over to the sand box and do the job that the tax payers pay me to do.”

http://www.examiner.com/article/colockumelk-is-coming-home?cid=db_articles (http://www.examiner.com/article/colockumelk-is-coming-home?cid=db_articles)
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Bean Counter on April 26, 2013, 01:52:09 PM
Nice write up, Dave  :tup:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: pianoman9701 on April 26, 2013, 01:52:14 PM
Well done, Dave.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: MtnMuley on April 26, 2013, 01:52:24 PM
Great article, Dave. :tup:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Machias on April 26, 2013, 01:53:10 PM
Nicely done Dave.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: HUNTINCOUPLE on April 26, 2013, 01:54:52 PM
 :tup:  Dave W.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: bucklucky on April 26, 2013, 01:56:24 PM
Great Job Dave!!
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Austrian Hunter on April 26, 2013, 01:56:55 PM
Great Job Dave!!

 :yeah:  :tup:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Kc_Kracker on April 26, 2013, 01:58:19 PM
nicely done...
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: bearpaw on April 26, 2013, 01:59:20 PM
Thank you Dave...  :tup:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: jackelope on April 26, 2013, 02:01:47 PM
Really well done, Dave.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: h20hunter on April 26, 2013, 02:02:24 PM
Very nice.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: buckcanyonlodge on April 26, 2013, 02:07:47 PM
‘Colockumelk’ is coming home

When he saddled up to deploy to Afghanistan, former Selah resident Aaron Blanchard, known to his many friends on the Hunting-Washington forum as “Colockumelk,” posted a note on April 11 that noted, “Well it’s my turn once again to head over to the sand box and do the job that the tax payers pay me to do.”

http://www.examiner.com/article/colockumelk-is-coming-home?cid=db_articles (http://www.examiner.com/article/colockumelk-is-coming-home?cid=db_articles)


Very Nice... :'(
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Gobble Doc on April 26, 2013, 02:24:40 PM
Thanks Dave.

Just now reading about this.  Will pray for his family. 
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Wazukie on April 26, 2013, 02:45:34 PM
Don't know if this has been posted but here is a link to photo's of the coming to Dover AFB

http://www.katu.com/news/local/Army-pilot-from-Washington-killed-in-Afghanistan-204849301.html?tab=gallery&c=y&img=1 (http://www.katu.com/news/local/Army-pilot-from-Washington-killed-in-Afghanistan-204849301.html?tab=gallery&c=y&img=1)
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: turkeydancer on April 26, 2013, 02:57:25 PM
A well done tribute to a true hero ... very nice Dave!
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Carl on April 26, 2013, 03:11:08 PM
Extremely sad to lose such a good man.  It’s hard to wrap your mind around it.  My family’s prayers are with Aaron’s family.

God Bless them.
 :salute:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: addicted on April 26, 2013, 03:51:39 PM
Their names are up on the list. 
http://icasualties.org/oef/Fatalities.aspx (http://icasualties.org/oef/Fatalities.aspx)
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: h20hunter on April 26, 2013, 03:57:29 PM
All those names......

Sad
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Austrian Hunter on April 26, 2013, 04:15:46 PM
Sad indeed!!!!!  They are all hero's!!!   :salute:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 26, 2013, 05:26:40 PM
Wazukie it is called the distinguished transfer reception.  I didn't open the link because I have seen my brothers flag draped coffin once and don't care to see that again.  Hardest thing I have ever done was to look into the back of that c-17.   I don't have the words.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: RB on April 26, 2013, 05:30:10 PM
So sorry for you and your families loss BLRman
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: rtspring on April 26, 2013, 05:34:16 PM
From my 20 year background in the Navy it is a rare thing to allow photos of remains, unless the family gives the OK. I can just imagine how hard that is to look at.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Wazukie on April 26, 2013, 05:38:11 PM
BLR, I can only imagine what it is like.  In my time in the military I have seen enough of my buddies go down,  I will continue to pray for you and your family!
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 26, 2013, 05:41:39 PM
From my 20 year background in the Navy it is a rare thing to allow photos of remains, unless the family gives the OK. I can just imagine how hard that is to look at.
  ya I made that call.  I don't want to hide him!  I want the world to see Aaron and honor him!  Selah is gonna be a *censored*ing honor fest next week!
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: rtspring on April 26, 2013, 05:44:12 PM
I will be there for sure!
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Austrian Hunter on April 26, 2013, 05:51:29 PM
From my 20 year background in the Navy it is a rare thing to allow photos of remains, unless the family gives the OK. I can just imagine how hard that is to look at.
  ya I made that call.  I don't want to hide him!  I want the world to see Aaron and honor him!  Selah is gonna be a *censored*ing honor fest next week!

Everybody in town is talking about your family!  I think this will be huge!! 
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Russ McDonald on April 26, 2013, 07:34:03 PM
That was a awesome write up Dave.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Kc_Kracker on April 26, 2013, 07:41:51 PM
From my 20 year background in the Navy it is a rare thing to allow photos of remains, unless the family gives the OK. I can just imagine how hard that is to look at.
  ya I made that call.  I don't want to hide him!  I want the world to see Aaron and honor him!  Selah is gonna be a *censored*ing honor fest next week!
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ahoJXwM2zgo/TH8NcfHEYOI/AAAAAAAACJA/n9jN2wWxG-4/s1600/bald_eagle_head_and_american_flag1.jpg)
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 26, 2013, 08:14:39 PM
Dave, WOW!  Michael and I have been basically making calls and trying to keep up with all the media and internet stuff all day but we printed off your article and took it back to our room and read it.  It took us a while (we had to take breaks) but we got through it and I will tell you it was the best thing we have seen yet!  It took a hunter to tell that story and you did it well!  Thank you.  We will keep it and treasure it!
Title: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: jackelope on April 26, 2013, 08:19:02 PM
From my 20 year background in the Navy it is a rare thing to allow photos of remains, unless the family gives the OK. I can just imagine how hard that is to look at.
  ya I made that call.  I don't want to hide him!  I want the world to see Aaron and honor him!  Selah is gonna be a *censored*ing honor fest next week!
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ahoJXwM2zgo/TH8NcfHEYOI/AAAAAAAACJA/n9jN2wWxG-4/s1600/bald_eagle_head_and_american_flag1.jpg)

I made that pic my avatar. 1st time since 2010 I've changed it. Hope you don't mind.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 26, 2013, 08:24:46 PM
Everyone has done so much already but I would like to ask a favor of anyone that wants to volunteer.  I would like to make this bigger than just this community.  If someone could  I would like this plastered other places like rokslide.com, monster muleys, and any other outdoor forum anyone can think of.  The gestures and actions of everyone on here means more to us than any amount of money we could ever raise!  I have been sending pms as fast as I can get them typed trying to thank everyone but I can't even begin to keep up.  Haven't slept since my flight to Phili so I am kind of slow in my thought process but somehow I will thank everyone I promise you all that much.  Aaron would be so moved!  I can just picture that *censored* eating grin on his face!
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: rtspring on April 26, 2013, 08:29:10 PM
Karl,   We will spread the word! Lets show the world how we in Washington honor our fallen soldiers!

Rtspring
Title: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: jackelope on April 26, 2013, 08:30:18 PM
It's on rokslide and its on Nwhunttalk.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 26, 2013, 08:43:50 PM
Thank you so much you guys! DAMN
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Huntbear on April 26, 2013, 08:48:05 PM
Thank you so much you guys! DAMN

It is our privilege to honor your brother.  He is truly a Hero..  and we all consider him and you family here.
Title: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: jackelope on April 26, 2013, 08:48:18 PM
Link on rokslide

http://www.rokslide.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6989
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: rainshadow1 on April 26, 2013, 08:49:21 PM
Posted a link to Dave's article on predatormasters, 24hourcampfire, and thenpha...
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Russ McDonald on April 26, 2013, 08:59:26 PM
I have been posting to RMEF, Michael Waddel, Cris Brackett all there face book pages.  Working on more. 
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on April 26, 2013, 09:01:55 PM
I have been posting to RMEF, Michael Waddel, Cris Brackett all there face book pages.  Working on more. 
  Thank you brother!  Aaron always loved Michael Waddel!  He especially loved it when he would hunt with Blake Shelton and how funny they were together! -karl
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Russ McDonald on April 26, 2013, 09:06:42 PM
I have been posting to RMEF, Michael Waddel, Cris Brackett all there face book pages.  Working on more. 
  Thank you brother!  Aaron always loved Michael Waddel!  He especially loved it when he would hunt with Blake Shelton and how funny they were together! -karl
Funny you should say that because I was going to post to Blake Sheltons FB page too. 
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Recurve-Elk on April 26, 2013, 10:34:58 PM
RIP brother.  My thoughts go out to his friends and family. 
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Whitpirate on April 26, 2013, 10:40:31 PM
It's on Hunt Talk on onyourownadventures.  Newburg responded in thread.  Gonna reach out and see if Randy would do something to honor Aaron and his dedication to conservation in our state.

http://onyourownadventures.com/hunttalk/showthread.php?s=33963c92f8f8b932efe4f8b454b2e801&t=254655&page=1 (http://onyourownadventures.com/hunttalk/showthread.php?s=33963c92f8f8b932efe4f8b454b2e801&t=254655&page=1)
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: coachcw on April 26, 2013, 10:41:45 PM
Great to see such a brotherhood on here !
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: kevinlisa06 on April 26, 2013, 10:53:20 PM
Sorry to hear the news
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: BOWHUNTER45 on April 26, 2013, 11:01:12 PM
Wow ...went from a good night to a sad night in one minute... !
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Wader on April 26, 2013, 11:11:43 PM
Checking in from 24hourcampfire.com where I heard the sad news.

Prayers for the family!  :'(
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: jager on April 26, 2013, 11:15:18 PM
Terrible news... He will be missed
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Mark Brenckle on April 26, 2013, 11:42:58 PM
This is a horrible loss for our community and our nation. All the auctions and fund raisers happening the last few days here has me speechless. My thoughts are with the family.
-Karl, please keep us informed if there will be a public memorial, I doubt I'd fit in my Service Dress Blues anymore, but I'd be honored to be able to pay my respect.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Chase 1 on April 27, 2013, 12:19:08 AM
Posted to:

HuntfishNW
http://www.huntfishnw.com/index.php?topic=10074.msg98399#msg98399 (http://www.huntfishnw.com/index.php?topic=10074.msg98399#msg98399)

Bloody Decks WA
http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/washington-hunting/491382-rip-colockumelk-hero-lost.html#post3101211 (http://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/washington-hunting/491382-rip-colockumelk-hero-lost.html#post3101211)

Piscatorial Pursuits
http://www.piscatorialpursuits.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/836558.html#Post836558 (http://www.piscatorialpursuits.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/836558.html#Post836558)
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Smokepole on April 27, 2013, 05:10:58 AM
I'm so sorry to hear this.  My sympathy and prayers go out to the family.  RIP.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Russ McDonald on April 27, 2013, 07:06:08 AM
This is a horrible loss for our community and our nation. All the auctions and fund raisers happening the last few days here has me speechless. My thoughts are with the family.
-Karl, please keep us informed if there will be a public memorial, I doubt I'd fit in my Service Dress Blues anymore, but I'd be honored to be able to pay my respect.
I would also like to attend.  I was thinking if any of us went to show support from the forum if we wore something camo.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Scott F on April 27, 2013, 09:49:23 AM
RIP Brother.


Prayers sent for his family.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: bassquatch on April 27, 2013, 09:56:34 AM
 :salute: :ACRY: RIP sir, my families prayers to your family. God speed.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: jackelope on April 27, 2013, 10:46:49 AM
It's on Hunt Talk on onyourownadventures.  Newburg responded in thread.  Gonna reach out and see if Randy would do something to honor Aaron and his dedication to conservation in our state.

http://onyourownadventures.com/hunttalk/showthread.php?s=33963c92f8f8b932efe4f8b454b2e801&t=254655&page=1 (http://onyourownadventures.com/hunttalk/showthread.php?s=33963c92f8f8b932efe4f8b454b2e801&t=254655&page=1)

I've been pm'ing with Randy and he is all over helping however he can. They are lining up some fundraiser activity on that site too. Randy gave me the green light to put links to our auctions on there as well.
 :tup:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: GoPlayOutside on April 27, 2013, 11:10:51 AM
Thank You Colock and Family! 

Our prayers are with you.

Our annual Colockum Elk Camp will be sure to post up a new Memorial.  It will be posted around the Four Corners area.
True Hero!
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: TangoU on April 27, 2013, 11:33:07 AM
I always enjoyed reading his posts.  Very well thought out, well written, informative, no-bs type stuff for which every reader came away more intelligent than they were before.  Someone smarter than me once said something like "the measure of a man's life is not in the number of years on the planet but in the number of people he impacted during those years".   And by that measure, Colockumelk was a giant man.

Semper Fi brother.

-Allen
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Brushbuster on April 27, 2013, 11:41:03 AM
Didn’t personally know Colockumelk but he died a hero. His country will be indebted to him for his extreme sacrifice. I hope that the tremendous outpouring of support will validate the high regard that everyone has for this fallen soldier.
   
To his family, you have my deepest sympathy.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: buck man on April 27, 2013, 12:56:40 PM
Been working, just got the news. So sad. My prayers to his family and brother. His wit and humor will be missed. Thanks for your service Sir.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Hunting Cowboy on April 27, 2013, 03:30:24 PM
‘Colockumelk’ is coming home

When he saddled up to deploy to Afghanistan, former Selah resident Aaron Blanchard, known to his many friends on the Hunting-Washington forum as “Colockumelk,” posted a note on April 11 that noted, “Well it’s my turn once again to head over to the sand box and do the job that the tax payers pay me to do.”

http://www.examiner.com/article/colockumelk-is-coming-home?cid=db_articles (http://www.examiner.com/article/colockumelk-is-coming-home?cid=db_articles)

Wow! Nicely written Dave...... Reading it to my family, I had a hard time getting through that.....
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Dave Workman on April 27, 2013, 03:37:31 PM
Dave, WOW!  Michael and I have been basically making calls and trying to keep up with all the media and internet stuff all day but we printed off your article and took it back to our room and read it.  It took us a while (we had to take breaks) but we got through it and I will tell you it was the best thing we have seen yet!  It took a hunter to tell that story and you did it well!  Thank you.  We will keep it and treasure it!

Honored and saddened at the same time to do it.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: 12344mag on April 27, 2013, 04:18:06 PM
Thank you for your service Capt. Aaron Blanchard, RIP Sir.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: farmin4u_98948 on April 27, 2013, 06:53:49 PM
Wish I had some great words of wisdom to share but all I can say is We ache for the family. So sorry for your loss.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Russ McDonald on April 27, 2013, 07:47:44 PM
I had to share some of the FB pages I posted too.  Chris Brachett from Fear No Evil and Arrow Affliction on The Outdoor Channel
https://www.facebook.com/FearNoEvilTV?fref=ts (https://www.facebook.com/FearNoEvilTV?fref=ts)
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: fishseeker on April 27, 2013, 08:23:47 PM
Bearpaw my brother Elk4me is having trouble logging in, can you email him a new password?
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Russ McDonald on April 27, 2013, 08:32:31 PM
I had to share some of the FB pages I posted too.  Chris Brachett from Fear No Evil and Arrow Affliction on The Outdoor Channel
https://www.facebook.com/FearNoEvilTV?fref=ts (https://www.facebook.com/FearNoEvilTV?fref=ts)
So in between searching for houses I have posted to the Crush with Lee & Tiffany, The Outdoor Channel, and Marcus Lutrell's FB pages. 
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: rtspring on April 27, 2013, 08:46:29 PM
I know we dont have details yet, but I was wondering how many members on here will be wearing a uniform to Aaron's funeral?  I am thinking of breaking out my Blues , I retired over a year ago!  Hope they fit!
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Wazukie on April 27, 2013, 08:48:30 PM
Mine wont fit me, it was like 28 years ago the last time I wore them,  :dunno:  But I would if I could  :tup:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Russ McDonald on April 27, 2013, 09:26:48 PM
I know absolutely that mine won't fit.  20 years is a long time.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: pd on April 27, 2013, 09:39:26 PM
Friends,

I don't think that I have ever seen a post go to nearly 12,000 views in such a short time.  This is truly amazing, and humbling at the same time. 

Would somebody (in the know) please post up the details of the local memorial service, in a separate post?  The tributes to the fallen hero are so numerous, I am afraid that I will miss the details of the ceremony.

Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: jackelope on April 27, 2013, 09:41:59 PM
Friends,

I don't think that I have ever seen a post go to nearly 12,000 views in such a short time.  This is truly amazing, and humbling at the same time. 

Would somebody (in the know) please post up the details of the local memorial service, in a separate post?  The tributes to the fallen hero are so numerous, I am afraid that I will miss the details of the ceremony.

Either I or Karl will definitely post that. We talked about it today. Nothing solid set up yet.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Wild Bill on April 27, 2013, 09:42:07 PM
Been off line for a while. Tough news.

Prayers to the family.

 :salute:

I'll cover down on your watch brother, and i'll be damned sure to find work for your counterparts when im over next.

WB
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Jerome on April 27, 2013, 09:47:12 PM
Like many others I only knew Aaron as Colockumelk but I could see from his posts that he was a stand up guy.  I also realized what a truly amazing person he was by reading through this thread and seeing all of the love and respect shown.  I would die a happy man knowing that i was half the man Colockumelk was. 
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: sirfunkeybut on April 27, 2013, 11:15:49 PM
http://touch.dailymotion.com/video/xohcbg_garth-brooks-the-dance_music (http://touch.dailymotion.com/video/xohcbg_garth-brooks-the-dance_music)

I hope the link works
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: dawhunt on April 28, 2013, 06:20:16 AM
This is so sad, can't put into words ,didn't know the man other then thru his posts. We just wished him the best and a few days later his death notice.

I wish the best or the family and as so very very sorry for their loss. RIP Capt. and THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE !

Bob
Title: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Deer slayer on April 28, 2013, 01:33:06 PM
I just got done reading all this. I had no clue. I hadn't check on the campfire or elk forum for a while. How very sad. What a hero. I am thinking about his family at this moment. I remember reading a lot of his posts and all the fun banter back and forth among members. You will be missed by all and thank you so much for all you did for this great nation.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: 3dvapor on April 28, 2013, 01:44:38 PM
I just received the news, I didn't know aaron but followed along some of his post and letters.  My prayers go out to his family and I only hope my kids have some of the courage and intellect he carried.  Ill miss your insight and motivation.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: duramax on April 28, 2013, 03:16:22 PM
Thought's and prayer's go out to his family. This is absolutely terrible news, just read all 20 pages and had tears in my eyes the entire time. Sorry for your loss BLRman.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: JJD on April 29, 2013, 08:47:20 AM
He made another installment in what we as a nation pay for freedom for peoples around the globe.
Rest in peace bro.
May God help ease the ache in the hearts of his family & friends.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: brokenvet on April 29, 2013, 08:59:07 AM
Rest In Peace Skipper
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Dave Workman on April 29, 2013, 09:05:44 AM
‘Colockumelk’ is coming home

When he saddled up to deploy to Afghanistan, former Selah resident Aaron Blanchard, known to his many friends on the Hunting-Washington forum as “Colockumelk,” posted a note on April 11 that noted, “Well it’s my turn once again to head over to the sand box and do the job that the tax payers pay me to do.”

http://www.examiner.com/article/colockumelk-is-coming-home?cid=db_articles (http://www.examiner.com/article/colockumelk-is-coming-home?cid=db_articles)

Wow! Nicely written Dave...... Reading it to my family, I had a hard time getting through that.....

It's okay. Understood.  I had a hard time writing it.....same reason.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Pathfinder101 on April 29, 2013, 10:08:03 AM
Nicely done Dave.  A fitting tribute to a man who put his energies into the things he believed in for his entire time on earth.  A life well lived.  We'll miss you Aaron.  See you on the other side.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: rainshadow1 on April 29, 2013, 10:13:10 AM
Dave, I've linked your article several times around the internet as an introduction to Aaron's passing and the fundraising efforts here for his family. Hope you don't mind? It's a perfect medium to do that, you did a super job on it!  :tup:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: dkhtr on April 29, 2013, 09:00:17 PM
Thank you sir for your service.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Aaron and his family. 
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: singleshot12 on April 30, 2013, 11:04:15 AM
Finally have words to say for this tragedy! Another good and strong man cut down in his prime , leaving behind a loving wife and two young souls without a dad now :( ..  Colockumelk and I didn't always see eye to eye on some issues but before he left to make the ultimate sacrifice he went out of his way to make it right with me. And I salute him for what he stood for and for the Colockum herd for where his heart was. My first elk was from  the Colockum and I know he also recognized how special that place was. He was a brother in arms! May his spirit always run with the Colockum herd. Long live the Colockum elk.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: KillBilly on April 30, 2013, 12:47:24 PM
(http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll238/Hannibal47/logo1_zps86e55ff6.png)
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: toe-jam on April 30, 2013, 01:21:09 PM
(http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll238/Hannibal47/logo1_zps86e55ff6.png)
Thank you  for your service. :salute:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Dave Workman on April 30, 2013, 02:34:29 PM
Dave, I've linked your article several times around the internet as an introduction to Aaron's passing and the fundraising efforts here for his family. Hope you don't mind?

Not at all.

Publicizing this is the least I could do for one of the "family."  I went back over some of the posts I traded with him on different forum subjects over the past few years.

We didn't always agree, but we both seemed to understand one another.  Where we did agree was on piss-poor management and I had 30 years on him to see what the "good old days" were like, and I knew...and I think he did, too....that we CAN have those things again.

He did good. That's all we can ask of any of us.

Go Rest High On That Mountain ~ Vince Gill, Alison Krauss & Ricky Skaggs ~ Lyrics (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdO6mW_B34M#ws)



Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Machias on April 30, 2013, 03:05:16 PM
(http://i289.photobucket.com/albums/ll238/Hannibal47/logo1_zps86e55ff6.png)

I hope you don't mind but I borrowed this for my signature page, if you want I can remove it, just let me know.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: bugs n bones on April 30, 2013, 03:14:08 PM
awful....so sad and so many good men lost
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: sirfunkeybut on April 30, 2013, 08:10:26 PM
Thank you, franks tire, in selah for your support

(http://i437.photobucket.com/albums/qq99/sirfunkeybut223/37590830-64A7-44FE-BD8E-8C17681FE780-172-0000001C172B48C8.jpg)
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: sled on April 30, 2013, 08:12:21 PM
 :tup:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Wea300mag on April 30, 2013, 08:13:12 PM
Makes me want to go shop at the Tire Factory. :tup:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: jstone on April 30, 2013, 08:14:10 PM
 :tup:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: trippledigitss on May 01, 2013, 03:43:25 PM
Heartfelt commiserations to all of his family & friends, very sorry to hear of their loss. And the utmost gratitude for him and all others who serve the United States of America!  :bow:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Austrian Hunter on May 01, 2013, 03:51:06 PM
Thank you, franks tire, in selah for your support

(http://i437.photobucket.com/albums/qq99/sirfunkeybut223/37590830-64A7-44FE-BD8E-8C17681FE780-172-0000001C172B48C8.jpg)

 :tup:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: JM on May 01, 2013, 03:53:54 PM
An email I just got at work. Hearts out to you and your family Karl

SUBJECT:               Flying the U.S. flag at half-staff

Governor Jay Inslee has directed that the flags at all Washington State agency facilities be lowered to half-staff on Friday, May 3, 2013, in recognition of the annual Medal of Honor and Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony.

Flags should remain at half-staff on Saturday, May 4, 2013, in memory of U.S. Army Captain Aaron R. Blanchard, 32, of Selah, who died on April 23 in Afghanistan of injuries sustained from indirect fire.

Flags should remain at half-staff until sunset/close of business on Saturday, May 4, or first thing Monday morning, May 6.

Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: jackelope on May 01, 2013, 04:08:50 PM
An email I just got at work. Hearts out to you and your family Karl

SUBJECT:               Flying the U.S. flag at half-staff

Governor Jay Inslee has directed that the flags at all Washington State agency facilities be lowered to half-staff on Friday, May 3, 2013, in recognition of the annual Medal of Honor and Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony.

Flags should remain at half-staff on Saturday, May 4, 2013, in memory of U.S. Army Captain Aaron R. Blanchard, 32, of Selah, who died on April 23 in Afghanistan of injuries sustained from indirect fire.

Flags should remain at half-staff until sunset/close of business on Saturday, May 4, or first thing Monday morning, May 6.

 :tup:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Boss .300 winmag on May 01, 2013, 04:24:01 PM
An email I just got at work. Hearts out to you and your family Karl

SUBJECT:               Flying the U.S. flag at half-staff

Governor Jay Inslee has directed that the flags at all Washington State agency facilities be lowered to half-staff on Friday, May 3, 2013, in recognition of the annual Medal of Honor and Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony.

Flags should remain at half-staff on Saturday, May 4, 2013, in memory of U.S. Army Captain Aaron R. Blanchard, 32, of Selah, who died on April 23 in Afghanistan of injuries sustained from indirect fire.

Flags should remain at half-staff until sunset/close of business on Saturday, May 4, or first thing Monday morning, May 6.

 :tup:

Thanks JM, will do!  :tup: :salute:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Mark Brenckle on May 01, 2013, 06:46:08 PM
I know we dont have details yet, but I was wondering how many members on here will be wearing a uniform to Aaron's funeral?  I am thinking of breaking out my Blues , I retired over a year ago!  Hope they fit!

RT, I will be in my Dress Blues. There's nothing that requires it, but being USN-retired, I'd feel out of place in anything else.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: BNAElkhntr on May 01, 2013, 07:05:02 PM
An email I just got at work. Hearts out to you and your family Karl

SUBJECT:               Flying the U.S. flag at half-staff

Governor Jay Inslee has directed that the flags at all Washington State agency facilities be lowered to half-staff on Friday, May 3, 2013, in recognition of the annual Medal of Honor and Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony.

Flags should remain at half-staff on Saturday, May 4, 2013, in memory of U.S. Army Captain Aaron R. Blanchard, 32, of Selah, who died on April 23 in Afghanistan of injuries sustained from indirect fire.

Flags should remain at half-staff until sunset/close of business on Saturday, May 4, or first thing Monday morning, May 6.

 :tup:
Roger That :'(
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: sweetfreedomgirl on May 01, 2013, 09:36:49 PM
RIP Aaron Blanchard. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: quadrafire on May 02, 2013, 09:31:56 AM
Been offline for a few weeks and am sorry to link on this morning and read of this news. I have read all the posts and am quite inspired about the humanity (of the HuntWa community).  All the heartfelt well wishes and thoughts/prayers for the family and other service members are truly emotionally moving.

My sincere Condolences to Colokums family and friends as well has his brothers/sisters in arms.

 :'(
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Dayton Elk on May 03, 2013, 06:50:15 AM
Aaron, thank you so much for your service, you gave "all" you had to help serve your country and I am forever grateful!  My prayers go out to you, your family and other service men and women. God bless.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Bowman82 on May 03, 2013, 07:40:01 AM
There are no words that can truly honor this fallen brother nor express the profound gratitude that is owed him. It is with the utmost respect and heaviness of heart that I say, "thank you" for your service and for your sacrifice. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and may each of us hold our freedoms a little dearer than we ever have.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Savage3006 on May 03, 2013, 11:55:36 AM
RIP Brother...thank you for your service to our country and God Speed on your next journey. Let's bring our troops home from that sandbox and turn it into glass.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: MikeWalking on May 03, 2013, 12:03:32 PM
Been thinking about this a lot. I get kinda numb when I do.  It's so easy, too easy to let your mind get caught up with the daily grind, the bosses BS, the A-hats I deal with all night..


This country needs to pay more attention to the fighting and dieing still going on.  I didn't have many exchanges here with him but I feel the need to take a second look at my daily life and be more grateful for everything.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: M_ray on May 03, 2013, 01:52:46 PM
BLRman I'm sorry I am just getting around to pass on my condolences. It's not that I have not wanted to it's just I have had a hard time getting through every reading without the feeling of tremendous guilt about how great of a life I have because of men like Aaron.

Most of my family was military my Father and his brother were in WWII, my other uncle entered WWII through Omaha another uncle in the Korean war and several cousins have served and one still does. I probably would have served as well but Pro soccer changed that, but it doesn't mean that I don't understand the sacrifice of the men who serve.

I can't say anything to you that hasn't already been said nor say anything that will make you feel any better but I can make sure my children understand what it means to show the Flag and the men that serve under it proper respect.

Blr I can't make it tomorrow so all the best on what will most likely be the hardest day of your life, I will be thinking of you.


Thank You Aaron for the freedom I have
Thank you to all Veterans for the luxury's I enjoy

Mark


Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: scout/sniper on May 03, 2013, 03:24:16 PM
It breaks my heart to hear about this. Farewell my brother and thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. God bless you and your family.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: THEBUGLER on May 03, 2013, 06:27:01 PM
Sad, sad news. Rest in peace. Thank you for protecting our freedom. Prayers.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: BNAElkhntr on May 03, 2013, 06:38:05 PM
BLRman I'm sorry I am just getting around to pass on my condolences. It's not that I have not wanted to it's just I have had a hard time getting through every reading without the feeling of tremendous guilt about how great of a life I have because of men like Aarron.

Most of my family was military my Father and his brother were in WWII, my other uncle entered WWII through Omaha another uncle in the Korean war and several cousins have served and one still does. I probably would have served as well but Pro soccer changed that, but it doesn't mean that I don't understand the sacrifice of the men who serve.

I can't say anything to you that hasn't already been said nor say anything that will make you feel any better but I can make sure my children understand what it means to show the Flag and the men that serve under it proper respect.

Blr I can't make it tomorrow so all the best on what will most likely be the hardest day of your life, I will be thinking of you.


Thank You Aarron for the freedom I have
Thank you to all Veterans for the luxury's I enjoy

Mark
:yeah: :'(
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: cle elum bowhunter on May 03, 2013, 06:49:32 PM
Rest in peace my friend.  I will think of you every September as I hike the high haunts of our hunting grounds.  I will miss our conversations and exchanging stories of the bulls we both saw and missed.  My heart goes out to your family and especially your brother who has lost his hunting partner.  Your passion for our wildlife will be missed.  I and my family thank you for your service to our country.
Captain Erik Hotchkiss
Seattle Fire Dept.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: shootem on May 03, 2013, 08:57:29 PM
Thank you for your service brother. As others have said, I and my family live the good life we do because of men and women like you. No one has my respect more than the those who serve in the armed forces of the United States of America. I promise to take you with me every minute of every hunt this fall and will climb higher and work harder in your honor. You and your family will be in my prayers.
Title: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: pd on May 04, 2013, 01:17:57 PM
Half-mast for you, Captain. Seattle waterfront, May 4, 2013

Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: idahofarmer53 on May 04, 2013, 02:22:52 PM
I have horse-packing gear - hunter orange insulated saddle bags and over-the-saddle pack bags I'd like to donate to the auction for A. Blanchard.  Someone please email and LMK how to do that.  Thx.  Kathie
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Grizzlyman on May 04, 2013, 02:45:27 PM
Thank you all for the wreath. I am the youngest brother. Karl and I cannot thank you all enough for the support shown on this forum. You are all a blessing and there is no way I will ever be able to repay the support you've shown. Thank you.

ATTACK!!!

-Mike




rotated photo
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: idahofarmer53 on May 04, 2013, 02:57:01 PM
Thank you all for the wreath. I am the youngest brother. Karl and I cannot thank you all enough for the support shown on this forum. You are all a blessing and there is no way I will ever be able to repay the support you've shown. Thank you.

ATTACK!!!

-Mike
You shouldn't even think about re-paying for support!  All of us can never make a dent in what your family has given for the support of this country.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Russ McDonald on May 04, 2013, 03:11:03 PM
Mike that is a good first post on the site.  It is a privilege and honor to show our support for a fellow brother in arms and hunter.  No need to thank us we are thanking you for your sacrifice that you and your family have to endure.  Also to thank you for your service to our country.  It has been said by many of us our hearts go out to you and your family.  :salute:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: ELKBURGER on May 04, 2013, 03:11:59 PM
Thank you all for the wreath. I am the youngest brother. Karl and I cannot thank you all enough for the support shown on this forum. You are all a blessing and there is no way I will ever be able to repay the support you've shown. Thank you.

ATTACK!!!

-Mike
You shouldn't even think about re-paying for support!  All of us can never make a dent in what your family has given for the support of this country.
Every American is forever in debted for the sacrifices of all servicemen and women.  A proud Thank you goes out to you all.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: runamuk on May 04, 2013, 05:30:44 PM
Michael there is no debt your brother was one of a kind he will be missed he was a hero and we are the ones indebted to you.  Maybe one day I can buy you and Karl a beer, if you are ever in Eburg holler at me.
Rori
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Elkaholic daWg on May 04, 2013, 06:31:19 PM
Thank you all for the wreath. I am the youngest brother. Karl and I cannot thank you all enough for the support shown on this forum. You are all a blessing and there is no way I will ever be able to repay the support you've shown. Thank you.

ATTACK!!!

-Mike


 Your family has sacrificed so much and We OWE you. I feel so bad I wasn't able to be there today!
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: ZRS-8x42 on May 04, 2013, 06:45:00 PM
it is such sad news. My prayers for him and his family
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Huntbear on May 04, 2013, 09:02:52 PM
Thank you all for the wreath. I am the youngest brother. Karl and I cannot thank you all enough for the support shown on this forum. You are all a blessing and there is no way I will ever be able to repay the support you've shown. Thank you.

ATTACK!!!

-Mike

Mike,

Your brother is a one of a kind person..  You have no debt to repay.  It is an honor and privilege to memorialize Aaron.  He is one of us.  A hunter who is passionate about the survival of the elk in the Colockum.

He made friends without ever meeting them.  He touched us all in a way that can not be explained.

Thank you for sharing him with us...
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: deerbandit on May 04, 2013, 10:28:25 PM
Just read about this, My Family and I are so sorry for you and your Familys' loss. I never met him but it sounds like your Brother was a great person. 
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on May 04, 2013, 11:17:20 PM
Fixed it brother.  The blood was rushing to my head!
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: jyerxa on May 04, 2013, 11:37:53 PM
I tried to touch it up for you.  :)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v117/jeff_yerxa/ColockumElk-1_zpsbbd85c7a.jpg)
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Shooter on May 07, 2013, 08:16:41 AM
What amazing men you are, I didn't have the good fortune to have known your brother Aaron, I've thought about him and your family many times every day since the moment I became aware of this story and your tremendous loss.

I look to meet you in the mountains of Washington Karl and Mike, it's there that I will be thinking of Colockumelk each year while hunting and doing what we love.

I will never forget the life and service of Captain Aaron Blanchard and the tremendous price your family has paid for all of us, thoughts and prayers for peace for the family.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: shrek on May 14, 2013, 06:58:47 PM
Just logged on after a while, what sad day... Thank you for your services Aaron, the world is a poorer place without you. RIP brother...
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: krism83 on May 18, 2013, 09:40:11 PM
I logged in for the first time in a while a few days ago and usually I check the most recent posts, elk hunting posts, and threads I have replied to and had not seen the news in the virtual campfire. It was brought to my attention via another thread. With that said, I cannot express my deepest condolences to Capt. Blanchards wife , brothers in blood and arms, or children. I wish I would have known sooner so that I could donate to the wreath, the auction...anything. I am tremendously sorry for missing  that opprotunity. I pray for those close to Capt. Blanchard and hope tht they find peace in thier darkest days.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Austrian Hunter on May 18, 2013, 09:47:59 PM
Thank you all for the wreath. I am the youngest brother. Karl and I cannot thank you all enough for the support shown on this forum. You are all a blessing and there is no way I will ever be able to repay the support you've shown. Thank you.

ATTACK!!!

-Mike

Thank you Mike for coming on here!  This has just been an awful up and down four weeks and we just pray for you and your family.  I grew up in a military family but never had to experience what you have to.  All I can say is I'm so sorry, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.  Please never hesitate to contact me if you need anything in any way!  God Bless You/ Becky and every Blanchard in your family!!!!!




rotated photo
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: bowelkaholic on May 21, 2013, 07:39:56 PM
May he rest in peace fore ever a hunter
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Wild Bill on May 25, 2013, 08:54:19 PM
Mike,
Your brother was a great warrior. I ex-changed e-mails with him on several occasions talking about how he supported some of my men in tight spots. Not only on this deployment, but on others past. Good man. Be it known there are few Spartan types out there willing to lay down everything in the name of freedom.

On this Memorial Day weekend, were thinking of your family.

Thank you.
WB
 :salute: :salute: :salute: :salute: :salute: :salute: :salute: :salute: :salute: :salute: :salute: :salute:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: GregE on May 28, 2013, 04:33:28 PM
I corresponded with ColockumElk / Aaron who was a member here and on Sagecreekforums.com for several years.  As his name implies- we shared the love of chasing ELK.

Before he went to flight Army helicopter flight training I told him what is was like for me back in 1966 and offered encouragement- we shared the same excitement and anticipation.

I hadn't heard from for a while after he moved to Ft Drum and just saw an announcment in the Washington Bowhunter so researched the article linked below

http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/yhr/friday/1079588-8/selah-grad-killed-in-action-in-afghanistan (http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/yhr/friday/1079588-8/selah-grad-killed-in-action-in-afghanistan)

Too young my friend.  Prayers for your family.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: csaaphill on May 30, 2013, 02:21:59 AM
OMFG are you seriouse this is an old post too... dang :sry: I had some heated discussions with him too just before this happened prolly disagreed more than agreed too, but was all in debate not hatred. Sorry I didnt see this sooner, or I would have replyed sooner.
OMFG I feel sorry now.... hope the family will heal over this.
Hey man RIP will miss having to prove myself some to ya.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: coachcw on June 14, 2013, 09:42:34 PM
Happy fathers day brother thank you for keeping us safe !
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Dave Workman on June 16, 2013, 07:39:12 AM
Seems to me that someone was going to put together a summer gathering up on the Colockum in remembrance...

Whatever happened with that, or perhaps I've been too far out in the weeds lately chasing anti-gunners, and overlooked it.

Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Shot_Gunn on June 16, 2013, 07:47:33 AM
God bless the Blanchard family today.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Elkaholic daWg on June 16, 2013, 08:52:41 AM
God bless the Blanchard family today.
:yeah: :yeah:
Seems to me that someone was going to put together a summer gathering up on the Colockum in remembrance...

Whatever happened with that, or perhaps I've been too far out in the weeds lately chasing anti-gunners, and overlooked it.


 

????????????????????
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: runamuk on June 16, 2013, 09:03:47 AM
Some of us over here have suggested a run up there, others were going to try and meet up over memorial day weekend. 


Blanchard Family you are all in my thoughts today...
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: sven on June 16, 2013, 09:13:23 AM
God bless the Blanchard family today.
Blanchard Family you are all in my thoughts today...
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: coachcw on June 20, 2013, 12:15:03 PM
Aron your in my heart today brother ! here's to you .
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Slowdraw on July 03, 2013, 05:47:39 PM
RIP COLOCKUMELK, PRAYER FOR YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS, YOUR IN GODS HANDS,
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: boneaddict on July 04, 2013, 08:50:10 AM
Thank you for representing my country in the most honorable way.   Tonight I will be saluting you and your family.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: bearpaw on July 04, 2013, 09:16:08 AM
Thank you for representing my country in the most honorable way.   Tonight I will be saluting you and your family.

 :yeah: x2
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: jackelope on July 18, 2013, 09:18:21 PM
Aaron's Dad's tribute ride is starting soon.

 https://m.facebook.com/?_rdr#!/AFathersTributeRide?__user=1389122914
 :salute:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: mburrows on August 21, 2013, 02:45:07 PM
Rest in Peace, Sir.  Forever grateful.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: rainshadow1 on August 21, 2013, 03:34:06 PM
Been following the ride on facebook... wishing I was riding along!
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: stewcamp on September 03, 2013, 03:25:07 PM
Wow, Had several conversations with him on here always pleasant. My prayers for his family. From one fellow Colockum hunter to another may you rest with god and look over the herd. I salute you and your brothers and sisters for the job that you do. You were too young. May you hunt Big Bulls in heaven Sir.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: rtspring on September 04, 2013, 09:07:34 PM
Just thought I would post here. Coach and I have been talking to Arron every day on our hunt. Saying,   "Aaron wouldn't want us to shoot that bull"." Aaron tell us where he is".  At 6200 feet while looking at elk we both took a moment and said a few words to him.

I am truly blessed to be not only hunting elk but knowing Aaron is with us each step of the way!!
RIP brother, we all miss you...

Rtspring
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: buckmaster_wa on September 04, 2013, 09:18:00 PM
Not sure if this picture has been posted yet. Karl and I met up with Kurt ,Chris and Kory Monday. We put this banner up at camp. It was nice meeting you guys. I hope to see you again this weekend.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Ironhead on September 13, 2013, 02:22:01 PM
Nice tribute guys........ RIP Captain.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: 6x6in6 on September 13, 2013, 06:47:07 PM
Aaron's Dad's tribute ride is starting soon.

 https://m.facebook.com/?_rdr#!/AFathersTributeRide?__user=1389122914
 :salute:
I have been following this on FB.
It's been quite the trip to say the least.  :)
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: coachcw on September 27, 2013, 09:48:03 PM
Thank you Aaron for giving me perspective , your in my heart tonight brother , let the riders bring it home safe tomorrow !
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Elk329 on September 29, 2013, 06:43:15 PM
http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Motorcyclist-completes-12000-mile-ride-in-honor-of-fallen-son-225717571.html (http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Motorcyclist-completes-12000-mile-ride-in-honor-of-fallen-son-225717571.html)

Didn't know if it was posted elsewhere so I put it here a link to fathers ride on KOMO
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: GregE on November 10, 2013, 11:47:30 AM
Thinking of Aaron.

Miss you, young brother
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Crunchy on November 10, 2014, 05:14:38 PM
In honor of Veteran's Day (tomorrow).  Gone but never forgotten. 
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on November 10, 2014, 05:22:54 PM
In honor of Veteran's Day (tomorrow).  Gone but never forgotten.
  Thank you for remembering him my friend :tup:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: trophyhunt on November 10, 2014, 05:32:40 PM
God Bless all of those who put their lives on the line! Especially those who have!
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: mkcj on November 10, 2014, 05:38:03 PM
 :tup:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: flinger on November 10, 2014, 05:41:36 PM
 :salute: :salute: :salute:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Boss .300 winmag on November 10, 2014, 06:49:08 PM
In honor of Veteran's Day (tomorrow).  Gone but never forgotten.
  Thank you for remembering him my friend :tup:

 :yeah: :yeah: :yeah:

And many thanks to all the others for their sacrifice for our freedom!  :tup:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: pianoman9701 on November 11, 2014, 06:33:44 AM
Never forget. Thanks Aaron and all of our war veterans.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: jackelope on November 11, 2014, 01:00:04 PM
 :salute:

Gone but never forgotten.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Stickerbush on April 22, 2017, 10:38:00 AM
Fyi
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: rasbo on April 22, 2017, 11:05:44 AM
 https://www.salmonforsoldiers.com/
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Taco280AI on April 22, 2017, 05:21:55 PM
It felt strange visiting the FOB he was at when it happened
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Elkaholic daWg on April 22, 2017, 05:54:39 PM
   Four years tomorrow.............. Thank you Colockumelk and Family for your service and sacrifice!
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Chanes8CWU on May 21, 2021, 08:49:45 AM
I bullrode with Aaron at Central for 2 years, and didnt hear of him passing until 2019. Just joined this page 6 months ago and saw Aarons face on an add and clicked on it to get to this thread. Good to see so many people knew him and respect his service. Aaron was an awesome dude to be around. Happy i was able to share some really cool experiences with him and Becky while going to college together.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Rainier10 on May 21, 2021, 09:38:38 AM
I bullrode with Aaron at Central for 2 years, and didnt hear of him passing until 2019. Just joined this page 6 months ago and saw Aarons face on an add and clicked on it to get to this thread. Good to see so many people knew him and respect his service. Aaron was an awesome dude to be around. Happy i was able to share some really cool experiences with him and Becky while going to college together.

Bull riding?!  Well you learn something new everyday but that doesn't surprise me a bit.  Aaron was a take the bull by the horns kind of guy.  Brings a smile to my face to learn this about him.  Thank you for sharing.
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Karl Blanchard on May 21, 2021, 09:57:13 AM
I bullrode with Aaron at Central for 2 years, and didnt hear of him passing until 2019. Just joined this page 6 months ago and saw Aarons face on an add and clicked on it to get to this thread. Good to see so many people knew him and respect his service. Aaron was an awesome dude to be around. Happy i was able to share some really cool experiences with him and Becky while going to college together.

Bull riding?!  Well you learn something new everyday but that doesn't surprise me a bit.  Aaron was a take the bull by the horns kind of guy.  Brings a smile to my face to learn this about him.  Thank you for sharing.
oh have I got some stories  :chuckle:
Title: Re: We lost one of our own (Colockumelk)
Post by: Rainier10 on May 21, 2021, 01:35:23 PM
I bullrode with Aaron at Central for 2 years, and didnt hear of him passing until 2019. Just joined this page 6 months ago and saw Aarons face on an add and clicked on it to get to this thread. Good to see so many people knew him and respect his service. Aaron was an awesome dude to be around. Happy i was able to share some really cool experiences with him and Becky while going to college together.

Bull riding?!  Well you learn something new everyday but that doesn't surprise me a bit.  Aaron was a take the bull by the horns kind of guy.  Brings a smile to my face to learn this about him.  Thank you for sharing.
oh have I got some stories  :chuckle:
I bet you do.  That comment brought another smile to my face. Thank you.

I am guessing he is smiling at some of your current antics, thinking "what is that guy doing down there?"

I think it is genetic, in your DNA.  :chuckle:
SimplePortal 2.3.7 © 2008-2022, SimplePortal