LOGANSPORT, IN, US
U. S. Army
SSG, CO A, 1ST BN, 506TH INF REGT, 4 BCT, FORT CAMPBELL, KY
10/21/2010, FOB SHARANA, AFGHANISTAN
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.