Utah soldier mourned

He was one of the first to die at Fort Hood


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  • Sandra Jensen
    Nov. 12, 2009 3:42 p.m.

    May God bless Aaron's family and friends at this time of great loss. My sister Lynn works with Michael. Know that people across the country share in your loss today.

    Wife of a Former Marine.

  • Kevin J Fitzpatrick
    Nov. 11, 2009 6:19 p.m.

    When I saw that a Nemelka from Utah was killed in this senseless mass murder, I immediately thought of my Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity brother, Mike Nemelka at the U, and wondered if there was a relation. Now I read that both father and grandfather are named Michael. I hope this is not the same Mike I know. Regardless, my thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

  • Tu'atonga's
    Nov. 11, 2009 2:01 p.m.

    Our condolences to your family at this time. Many thanks to your son and all those fighting for our country. We love you!!!

  • Chip & Lara Van Wagoner
    Nov. 11, 2009 12:13 p.m.

    Love and gratitude are sent to your family from ours for your son's sacrifice. We apprecialte all who are striving to keep our country free and safe.

  • Alicia
    Nov. 8, 2009 9:22 a.m.

    My condolences to the Nemelka family. May you be comforted in your grief and carried through this tragedy by your family and friends. PFC Nemelka is a hero to our country.

  • Condolences to the family
    Nov. 7, 2009 2:43 p.m.

    And thanks for your son choosing to serve his country. May you be comforted in your grief and loss...

  • Sarah Nemelka M*
    Nov. 7, 2009 11:26 a.m.

    I'm Aaron's cousin Sarah. If you personally know Aaron or have kids that did, will you please e-mail me so I can forward it to the family? They would like the information of anyone that knew him in person that they do not have a hold of now.


  • Proud Mom
    Nov. 7, 2009 11:06 a.m.

    I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. We also lost our son Kimble Han on 10/23/09 doing what a Combat Engineer does in Afghanistan. I know that was what your son was going to be doing after he was deployed. Any military men and women that lose their lives are true heros. I will keep your family in my prayers. Both of our boys must have a greater mission to fulfill. But, we sure do miss them. Huh!

  • Lyle & Barbara Peterson
    Nov. 7, 2009 9:36 a.m.

    Our Son Cory Peterson notified us on Friday about the loss of your son. We are so sorry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Mike Terry
    Nov. 7, 2009 9:08 a.m.

    R.I.P. My friend. We love you and will miss you always. You're in my prayers and I'll always be thankful to have called you my friend. Miss you Aaron.

  • Roger Whiting
    Nov. 7, 2009 8:13 a.m.

    Aaron's father, Michael was my employer some years ago, so I know the high caliber of person Aaron must have been. My deepest condolences and prayers go out to the Nemelka family at this time.

  • A Utah Family..
    Nov. 7, 2009 7:13 a.m.

    Love & Blessings to your family at this time.

  • kitchy
    Nov. 7, 2009 6:34 a.m.

    John Gilmore is correct. Lets stop being politically correct and start using some common sense. It isn't hate when you know that someone or something is out to get you. Islam as a religion believes that anyone who is not Christian should be disgarded (nice way to put it I guess). I have read the Koran and talked with Muslims and if they follow their beliefs to the letter of the law then the end justifies the means. It doesn't matter what one must do to reach the purpose of Islam.

  • Laura Warburton
    Nov. 7, 2009 6:13 a.m.

    My love and thoughts are with you and your extended family.

  • The Lanes
    Nov. 7, 2009 5:55 a.m.

    We are so sorry for the lost of a fine young man.You are in our thoughts and in our prayers, may God bless you. My husband is a guard two at the base in Nevada and troops come here to train, because it is like Iran and Afganastan. These troops know that some of them won't come back. I thank God every day for our troops.
    To the Nemelkas and others THANK YOU SO MUCH for having your loved ones protect this county.
    In closing I have talked to some of the men and women who put their lives in harms way for us, And when I thank them for what thy are doing they reply by we don't hear that very much, it hurts us when we see people go against what we are trying to do.

    Again THANK YOU FAMILIES EVERY WHERE for having your loved ones protect us!!!!!! YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS

  • Thank You
    Nov. 7, 2009 4:02 a.m.

    Aaron Thomas Nemelka, may Thoughts and Prayers go out to you and your family. God Bless America!

  • PFC Wood
    Nov. 6, 2009 11:57 p.m.

    I am extremely sorry for your loss, i was in
    Aaron's platoon and he was a close friend of mine. He was a great friend and a great soldier and always expressed how much he loved his family. My family is praying for you all. God bless.

  • The Larsons
    Nov. 6, 2009 11:07 p.m.

    We don't personally know you, the Nemelkas, but we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your fine son. Please know that millions of Americans like us are so grateful for him and all of those who serve in the military who put their lives on the line for our freedom. We pray for God's blessings of comfort and peace for you at this difficult time.

  • Thank you
    Nov. 6, 2009 10:57 p.m.

    Thoughts & prayers are with you, thank you to the family for Aaron and his willingness to serve our country.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 6, 2009 7:28 p.m.

    I am also a fellow Utahn in the military (United States Air Fore and currently deployed in Iraq. I wholeheartedly agree with Lt. Taylor, and he couldn't have said it better. May God bless you at this horrible time.

  • Sarah Ellett
    Nov. 6, 2009 6:41 p.m.

    My son remembers Aaron. They bunked together last year. We are saddened by the loss of this young soldier. God bless.

  • Jenny Bell Combs
    Nov. 6, 2009 5:25 p.m.

    We are so sad for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nemelka's and their family.

  • Lt. Taylor, USMC(Layton)
    Nov. 6, 2009 5:24 p.m.

    As a fellow Utahn, and as one of Aaron's military brothers even though in a different branch, I am heartsick over his senseless death because of the desperate actions of yet another member of the United States Armed Forces.
    An event like this should never have happened on a military base of ALL places.
    My thoughts and prayers are with the Nemelka family in their time of loss. May our Heavenly Father watch over and bless you as you cope with this unspeakable tragedy.

    Semper Fi, Aaron.

  • Sorry to hear this...
    Nov. 6, 2009 4:23 p.m.

    I knew Aaron growing up in Sandy and he will be missed. A great kid!

  • To the Media
    Nov. 6, 2009 4:13 p.m.

    Please have respect for the family at this time and let them grieve without reporters and TV cameras.
    - A family friend

  • Linda
    Nov. 6, 2009 4:08 p.m.

    My thoughts and pryaers are with all the families and those who live and work with those who were killed and injured. Including the gunman's family, they are suffering as well. Islam is NOT the cause of this tragedy or any of the violence. It is how misguided and often times sick individuals interpret any religion to fit their evil designs and purposes. My own LDS church history is peppered with those types who have done unspeakable acts because they thought God told them to...and the LDS religion does not promote that type of hatred or behavior. At any rate - this is a time for love, support, understanding and yes...forgiveness. Not pointing the finger, blaming and continuing to sow seeds of hatred and discord.

  • Lane Martineau
    Nov. 6, 2009 3:49 p.m.

    Your son is and always will be a hero in the eyes of those who love freedom and value good deeds. What a wonderful young man, you will see him again in glory and the endless happiness that can only be found in the eternities. Sincerest condolences and best wishes to his family friends and relatives.

  • Chaplain
    Nov. 6, 2009 3:40 p.m.

    Our prayers are with you

    POW*MIA Chaplain Elko, NV

  • kim
    Nov. 6, 2009 3:34 p.m.

    i am so sorry to hear of your loss. my son has just joined the marines. my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Tracy
    Nov. 6, 2009 3:31 p.m.

    The John gilmors are a big part of the worlds problem, narrow minded prejudice produce hate and conflict.

  • Don Guymon
    Nov. 6, 2009 3:02 p.m.

    Very sad indeed. Thoughts and prayers with the family. May they be blessed for their sacrifice for our country.

  • Great Family
    Nov. 6, 2009 2:39 p.m.

    I knew this family growing up before they moved to West Jordan. Mike was my scout leader and the whole family is just great. I hope they can be comforted and know that their noble son died in the service of his country, and even though the circumstances are sad and shocking, this young man is a great example of a patriot and someone who loves his country. Thank you for your service Aaron.

  • oklahoma mom
    Nov. 6, 2009 2:33 p.m.

    Im so sorry for this awfull thing,
    We pray for you and all of our military every night,
    Our son also joined the Army instead of going on a L.D.S Mission.
    He will be going to Afganastan any time now,
    He is in Germany with the 173rd Airborne.
    His name is Martin.
    We will keep you in our prayer,s
    God bless you and God Bless America,
    Military Mom Tammy Windholz OK

  • Williams Family
    Nov. 6, 2009 2:25 p.m.

    Sorry to here the great lose your family is going thru.
    Are prayer's are with your family. .

  • heather r
    Nov. 6, 2009 2:16 p.m.

    so sorry for your loss. We lost a daughter last Dec. and burried her on Dec. 20th. It's never easy to loose a child. They are your life and blood. I do have to say that I believe he will help you more every day of your life as your heart is opened to him. He will never leave you really and will be in your heart. He didn't die in vain. His time was spent doing good. We never know when it's our time to go. Being left behind is so difficult but I do believe he will be actually closer to you because he will be in your hearts forever. It doesn't make the pain any easier. Accept all of the stages of grief. He will be your anchor when you need it most.

  • sami
    Nov. 6, 2009 2:03 p.m.

    Thanks for all you did for this country sorry you passed many loves and prays to your family!!

  • Steve Price
    Nov. 6, 2009 1:58 p.m.

    I offer my condolences and thanks to the Mike, Teena and their family. Even if those in the highest circles of our government may not give their full support to our military men; we wish to thank you and your son for his selfless service to our country for the freedoms we still enjoy. Our prayers go with you during this time of great sacrifice and words cannot express our sympathy and thanks to you and your family.

  • Debt of gratitude
    Nov. 6, 2009 1:38 p.m.

    The entire country owes a debt of gratitude to all those who serve honorably in our Armed Forces and to their families. I salute the Nemelka family and extend my sincere condolences in this time of great personal loss and trial.

  • Suellen Wilson
    Nov. 6, 2009 12:21 p.m.

    All our love and prayers for Teena, Mike and Family.

  • Great Parents
    Nov. 6, 2009 12:05 p.m.

    What great parents this young man has. I am thankful to him for serving our country and to them for raising such an outstanding young man. my prayers are with them during this difficult time.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 6, 2009 11:58 a.m.

    What a sad time in our country. Not only are we at war over seas, but we have war here in our own backyard. My prayers go out to this courageous man's family.

  • Jean Magann
    Nov. 6, 2009 11:47 a.m.

    My sincere sympathy to Nemelka family. He was an honorable young man who served his country. I thank him and his family for their sacrifice.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 6, 2009 11:43 a.m.

    Thanks Aaron!

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 6, 2009 11:41 a.m.

    My best wishes go out to the families of the victims of this terrorist attack.

    If we would stop being politically correct and face the fact that Islam is not a peaceful religion, these tragedies could be avoided.

  • Colby
    Nov. 6, 2009 11:31 a.m.

    I love Aaron, what a brave man to serve are country. We should all look up to him and what he was doing for are freedom. I know this hole Family so well, and this just crush's my soul. The pictures you see have so many words and so much love! I Love you Aaron and your in my thoughts and heart! You shall have a place in my heart for life!

  • John Gilmore
    Nov. 6, 2009 11:20 a.m.

    Does anyone else notice a commonality in the events involving muslim gunman. The so-called religion of peace has an ugly side that justifies the killing of innocents. There is a reason that the Middle East, the birthplace of Christianity is almost devoid of Christians. Islam exterminated them. Religion does matter and until we take the threats of radical Islam seriously, many more people will die unnecessarily.