CORVALLIS, OR, USA
SGT, COMPANY A, 3D BATTALION, 509TH INFANTRY, 4 BCT, FORT RICHARDSON, AK
KARMAH, IRAQ 01/20/2007
Sean Patrick Fennerty’s brother, Conor, said Sean loved food and drink, and making impulse purchases at the grocery store. His younger sister, Colleen, said Sean loved chick flicks, took 30 minutes to wake up, and gave big bear hugs. His mother, Maureen, said her son loved Harry Potter books and cried easily—a simple man who was so proud to be a soldier.
Sean was born July 2,1981, at a Navy hospital in San Diego, while his father was on active duty in the Navy. He was the second of four children, living in Tucson, Arizona during his childhood and moving to Portland when he was 12.
Sean was loyal to his fellow Airborne soldiers and his country, friends, his Irish heritage, and the Roman Catholic faith. He adored the Oregon State Beavers; he ended every e-mail from Iraq with Go Beavers! He also enjoyed working with children as an umpire for Little League games and volunteer with the Police Activities League.
He graduated from Oregon State University in 2004 with a degree in history and was a member of the Sigma Pi fraternity. He was steered to Officer Candidate School, but he chose to be an enlisted man.
He was the son every parent wants, the student every teacher wants, the soldier every commanding officer wants, said Governor Ted Kulongoski.
Sean P. Fennerty, 25, of Corvallis, Oregon, was killed by a roadside bomb on January 20,2007, in Karmah, Iraq, in the Anbar province. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Fort Richardson, Alaska.