DILLSBURG, PA, USA U.S. Army PFC, CO B, 1ST BN, 64TH ARMOR, 3D INF DIV (TF BAGHDAD), FORT STEWART, GA BAGHDAD, IRAQ 05/12/2005
Kenneth Zeigler is remembered as a multitalented young man. When Kenneth went in to the Army leaving Pennsylvania for his first assignment in Georgia, his mother followed. Kenneth’s parents divorced when he was seven and with time and distance his father had not seen him since his high school graduation in 2001. His father notes that Kenneth was always busy and when he was younger, he always wanted to have a cat to carry with him.
Kenneth was talented. He was an excellent artist who could easily be at home using pencil, or chalk, or crayon to produce a phenomenal sketch piece. He was also musically inclined and enjoyed working on being a self-taught musician. He would hear a tune and work persistently until he had those notes and sounds mastered on his guitar.
Kenneth was bound for the military and his parents were not overly accepting, but they recognized along with their soldier that with military opportunity came risks and danger, and encouragement.
Private First Class Kenneth E. Zeigler II, of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, died May 12, 2005, in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle. He was twenty-two years old. Private First Class Ziegler was assigned to the Army’s 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. His unit was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Brigadier General Mark V. Phelan, Deputy Director for Special Operations, presented the flag to Pfc Ziegler’s mother, Vicki; and presented another flag a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star and other medals, to Private First Class Ziegler’s father, Kenneth E. Zeigler of Halifax.
Family members said Ziegler was supposed to be on leave but gave his seat to another soldier whose wife was due to give birth.