Dec 11, 2015 7:54 PM
DOVER - Corporal Andrew Aimesbury died Wednesday after he was seriously injured in a live fire exercise at Fort Stewart in Georgia.
The 21-year-old is remembered by former neighbors in Dover as kind and fun-loving. He graduated from Dover High School.
Aimesbury enlisted in 2013, serving one tour in Afghanistan.
Col. Brandon Tegtmeier, commander of 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment says Aimesbury was liked by everyone in the battalion.
"This tragic event has affected us all and our hearts break for his family. Corporal Aimesbury will always be a member of the 1st Ranger Battalion, and his memory will make us all better men,” Col. Tegtmeier said.
Navy veteran and Dover resident Skip Bailey says he’s saddened for the family, but he knows dangers all too well.
“We all signed up, we all took the oath to defend the Constitution, we all knew what we were getting into,” Bailey said.
Bailey’s wife Nancy says they had both lost children from previous marriages. She says her heart breaks for the Aimesbury family, as they will be burying their son just before the holidays.
“It’s a tragedy, no matter how they die it’s a tragedy,” Nancy said.
During his service, Aimesbury earned several awards and decorations including the Army Good Conduct Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.
He leaves behind his parents and sister.
It’s still unclear exactly what went wrong during the training exercise. The incident remains under investigation.
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