(CNN) — Navy SEAL Aaron Carson Vaughn, one of 30 U.S. special operations troops killed in a helicopter crash Saturday in Afghanistan, was a “great American,” his grandmother said.
“As a brave warrior, Aaron was brave. But yet, he was a gentle man,” Geneva Carson Vaughn told CNN.
“He loved his family. He loved his country and he was willing to give his life to protect his family and protect his country. He was a great American.”
Among the 30 U.S. troops killed when the helicopter carrying them went down were 22 Navy SEALS, officials said. Also on board the helicopter were a civilian interpreter and seven Afghan commandos, officials said.