Kenneth K Mcaninch

Kenneth K Mcaninch

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U. S. Army

Staff Sergeant Kenneth Keith McAninch died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small-arms fire on Thursday, October 21, 2010, in the Yahya Khel district, Afghanistan. SSG McAninch was part of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division based in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He enlisted in the army at the early age of 17 after his mother signed the paper work. He had only been in Afghanistan for two months when he was killed by small arms fire when his unit came under fire from insurgents.

Kenneth was a staff sergeant serving with the U.S. Army. His awards and decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Mobilization Device and Combat Infantryman Badge.

He was born July 31, 1982, in Monticello, Indiana. He was from Logansport, Indiana.  On June 11, 2010, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky he married Shawnna, who was formerly from Logansport.     Kenneth attended Southeastern, Eastlawn and Pioneer elementary schools. He also attended Delphi Middle School and Lewis Cass High School. He liked being outdoors and enjoyed fishing, hunting.  He also enjoyed playing video games, especially “Call of Duty,” and was an avid artist.  The twenty-eight year old father of four sons and a daughter very much enjoyed cuddling and playing with his young family.   His sense of humor was evident in much of what he did and showed clearly in many photographs.  He also had a soft-spot for animals and the comfort and companionship they offer.  

He is survived by his wife; four sons; one daughter and many family  members and friends.

Kenneth’s portrait is also on Poster 12


6 Responses to “Kenneth K Mcaninch”
  1. this man is my cousin

  2. SSG Adam Ferguson, Ret. says:

    Mac. I remember our times in Kuwait and Iraq back in 03. You were one crazy guy. I’m sorry this happened to you, but I’m proud of you for joining full-time and becoming the leader you said you could/would be. Keep patrolling the streets above, brother.

  3. SSG Jamie Gassett says:

    I remember having conversations with him and he would talk to me about how to be an effective squad leader and taught me alot even though I was in a different company.

  4. He was my dad he died when I was 4.

  5. SSG Stewart says:

    I am really good friends with his daughter and I am looking for anyone that can help me? I want to order his daughter a hoodie from his last unit. This girl has become part of my family and my wife and I would love it if anyone could help.

  6. Branden Hofmann says:

    I lived in Manhattan while he was stationed at Ft Riley. His daughters mom is one of my best friends. He was a good friend and we became very close before he deployed that last time.

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