Kenneth J Iwasinski

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA, USA U.S. Army SPC, COMPANY D, 2D BATTALION, 12TH INFANTRY, 4 BCT, FORT CARSON, CO BAGHDAD, IRAQ 10/14/2007

Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8428 had gotten to like one of their youngest members – Kenneth J. Iwasinski. He was very energetic and full of new ideas, said post Commander George D. Archie Archible Jr.

Iwasinski, 22, of West Springfield, Mass., was killed Oct. 14 in Baghdad by a roadside bomb. He was assigned to Fort Carson.

His mother, Tracy Taylor, recalled a recent phone call: Kenny loved to laugh. He was picking on a buddy standing next to him, laughing the whole time. What a wonderful memory to have.

He was nice young man, always a gentleman, recognizing his own strengths and weaknesses, said high school guidance director Paula A. Pagos.

After 9/11 and the way things were going in Iraq, he felt it was his duty. He enlisted knowing full well that he was going to go to Iraq, said his father, Dominick Iwasinski. He was scared, like everybody else, but he was hoping that what he was doing was making a difference.

He also is survived by his stepmother, Tawnia Iwasinski, and stepfather Matthew Taylor. He lived a short, shortened life, said his mother. But he touched many people.

Kenneth’s portrait is also located on Poster 3