ARACADIA, CA, USA U.S. Army SGT, COMPANY B, 1ST BATTALION, 67TH ARMORED REGIMENT, 2 BCT, FORT HOOD, TX BAGHDAD, IRAQ 04/22/2006
Kyle Arnold Colnot was born December 15, 1982 in Houston, TX to Jack and Denise Colnot. Kyle grew up in Arcadia, playing soccer and studying taekwondo. He also taught himself to play his father’s guitar, beginning at age 11. His relatives said he excelled at all three. Kyle just went for whatever he did full-speed.
In classic Southern California style, Kyle Colnot loved heavy-metal rock music and fast cars, perhaps to extremes. He carried a picture of his Camaro in his wallet and had the lyrics of a Pantera song tattooed on his back.
Bored with school, relatives said the San Dimas man got his general equivalency diploma at age 16 and found himself too young for college or a job. Instead, he got his parents’ permission to join the Army, enlisting at 17. After a tour in Afghanistan, relatives said he re-enlisted in November, knowing he would be sent to Iraq.
Kyle was always ready and willing to help and never passed an opportunity to get outside the wire and get on the ground. He was also the kind of person who wore his heart on his sleeve — or, perhaps more appropriately, on his chest. After his sister Korra Jean Colnot was killed in a car accident four years ago, he had her full name tattooed across his chest.
He is survived by his wife Kimberly, his mother Denise and his father Jack.
Kyle was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.