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Fort Bragg widow vows son will know his father

Posted June 3, 2011

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— Crystal Blasjo remembers her late husband, Sgt. Aaron J. Blasjo, as a laid-back, surf's up guy. 

"Everything was just open to him and he loved life," she said. 

Aaron Blasjo grew up in Riverside, Calif., and joined the Army right out of high school. Crystal Blasjo was raised in Fayetteville and graduated from Terry Sanford High School in 2005.

When the two met in 2007, Crystal Blasjo said her future husband told her he was a school janitor. 

"He didn't want people to know (he was in Special Forces). They are the silent professionals," she said. 

When she found out about his profession, Blasjo said it scared her. But her fears didn't stop her from marrying him on Dec. 3, 2008. 

“Being a military wife is a risk, and you can’t choose who you fall in love with,” she said.

On March 24, the Fort Bragg-based couple welcomed a son, Talon. 

"Aaron just screamed. He was never so excited," she said. 

On May 1 – the same day President Barack Obama announced that U.S. Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden – Aaron Blasjo left for a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. 

For some reason, Crystal Blasjo said this time she knew things would be different. 

"I got the most eerie feeling because I knew," she said. 

Crystal Blasjo said her husband also became uneasy. 

"His mom said when she spoke with him last week that he told her he was scared," Crystal Blasjo said. 

On Sunday night, two uniformed men came to the door to inform Crystal Blasjo that her husband had been killed.

“Once it hit, I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t stand up. I couldn’t do anything," she said. 

Crystal Blasjo Fort Bragg widow vows son will know his father

Aaron Blasjo and two other soldiers were killed in the Wardak province of Afghanistan when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device, officials said. 

Blasjo was part of the Group Support Battalion within 3rd Special Forces Group. He was a canine trainer and his dog, Hunter, was also killed in the roadside bomb blast. 

"He'll always be a hero. That's something nobody can take away from him," Crystal Blasjo said. 

She said Talon will know his father. "I won't miss a detail," she said amid tears. 

Aaron Blasjo was recipient of the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart.


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  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Jun 3, 2011

    Being a widow myself, I understand. I feel for you and your son. May God bless you.

  • MudLife Jun 3, 2011

    I'm really sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your son. My boyfriend of 5 years has been wanting to be a Marine and every time i've talked him out of it. His family has to. I don't want him to go off and fight a war that should be over with and he not make it back. God bless your husband and everything he did for us.

  • Twittyfan Jun 3, 2011

    Prayers are with you and the families.. God Bless You!! He is a real Hero...

  • NavySrChiefswife Jun 3, 2011

    Your family is in my prayers. May God bless you and your son.

  • bluebird1075 Jun 3, 2011

    I am so sorry for your loss. I am a former Marine mom and I also understand what it feels like to have a loved one in harms way. God bless you & your son and know that we are so proud and thankful for your husband and our military.

  • SAMCRO4ever Jun 3, 2011

    bless her heart...I hope she and her son have all the comfort and support humanly possible. God Bless and rest his soul.

  • adw2 Jun 3, 2011

    So sorry for your loss. As a former Army wife, I understand about the fears you had and how hard it is to put those fears aside. Please know that God is there by you and your sons side and that your husband is looking down on you with pride.

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Jun 3, 2011

    This story brought me to the verge of tears. I am so thankful for all that our military does. Being the daughter of a retired Army First Sergeant and the girlfriend of a former Marine Sergeant, I know what the military families have and can endure. My thoughts are with all of the ones who have lost a loved one during this war.

    I really do wish the world could live peacefully together but as long as good exists, there will always be somebody around to try and ruin it.

  • ncmedic158 Jun 3, 2011

    This is so sad. My Condolences, Prayers & Strength go out to the family

  • K9Tucker.LoveMYcop Jun 3, 2011

    Praying that you and your family will have some peace knowing he did not die in vain. May God comfort you in this difficult time.