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Thursday, March 3, 2011
In this article, Staff Sergeant Jose Ruben Aragon's name was offered for a new park in Fountain.
The article reads:
Jose, born and raised in Fountain, served in the Air Force. On May 16, 1965, while serving at Bien Hoa Air Base in Vietnam, several 500 pound bombs exploded while B57 Canberra bombers were preparing to take off on a mission. He remained on the flight line despite fire, exploding ammunition and flying debris. He rescued fellow airmen and cleared equipment. He was credited for saving many lives, but he unfortunately could not save his own. He became the first Colorado airman to die in action in Vietnam. Jose was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star.
In November, 1987, the Fountain Fort Carson Jr. High School, which stood on S Main Street at the time, was renamed in his honor (11/11/1987, Gazette, B 9:1). Today it is Aragon Elementary School. For more on the Fountain Schools see the research tab at right.
Fountain HIgh School, built 1954 on Santa Fe Avenue, now the Middle School