Aaron M Kenefick

Aaron M Kenefick

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U.S. Marines

My Son ,Gunnery Sergeant Aaron Michael Kenefick, was KIA in Afghanistan on September 8th, 2009.  Aaron was 30 years old.  He was my only Son yet I have two daughters who miss their big brother so much. Aaron was a Recon Marine, Special Forces.  He was Marine of the year twice in his 12 year career, being awarded twice during the first 10 of his 12 years.

Aaron also served as an Attendee (body guard) for Former President George W Bush at the Republican National Convention a few years ago, and served as Aid to Generals at CENTOM in Tampa Fl, before transferring to 3rd Marine Battalion Okinawa Japan and being selected as one of their 21 Special Trainers in Afghanistan.

As fate would have it Aaron lost his life on the battle field in Kunar Province , Afghanistan as he and his team of 3 others were ambushed this day.  My Son was awarded the Purple Heart two days prior as they battled the Taliban having received wounds to his arm from gun fire, he got back out there when 2 days later he was killed.

My Son was a Proud Marine, My Father was a Proud Marine, I am former Army.  Our family has always stood by our beliefs for freedom and we are the repercussions of loss and an example that freedom has the highest price to pay.

Aaron’s portrait is also located on Poster 7


4 Responses to “Aaron M Kenefick”
  1. Pat says:

    I still think about how we could have linked up. I stay up wondering if I were there the outcome would change…I often think my previous injuries kept me out; still wanted to be there. I mIss you, every slam dunk challange is dedicated to you when I watch. You will never be forgotten!
    Semper Fi!

  2. Ashley says:

    I just saw this for the first time today. I was a good friend of Aarons while at CENTCOM. We were Sgt’s together. What a great man he was. I am feeling such loss though it was many years ago. I wish I could comfort the family with all of my stories from our Tampa/Qatar shenanigans. I love you brother! Semper Fi. Someday we will reunite again and that day I will wrap my arms around you and tell you how much you mean to me and how proud I am to have you in my life.

    Ashley Lorenc
    Sgt, USMC

  3. George says:

    I knew Aaron while stationed at Patch Barracks, Stuttgart Germany from 2003-2005, he was one in a group of many that welcomed me when I arrived. I remember him as a well respected, stand up guy who made me feel at ease in my new surroundings. When you meet people like that, you hope that your paths will cross again some day so that you can return the simple act of kindness you were shown being the new guy. It was tough hearing years later that he paid the ultimate price while serving in Afghanistan, and since then I’ve made it a point that wherever I was stationed if there was a remembrance run being hosted that I would take part to honor and thank him for his sacrifice. To date I’ve participated in 4 events and on the eve of my 5th I just happened to come across this site where his memory lives on. Aaron, our time together was short but I will always remember the kindness you showed me and will continue to pay it forward in your memory brother.

    George Curry
    SOCEUR 112TH Signal Detachment (Airborne)

  4. Rob Mattson says:

    Mr. Kenefick,
    I was the forward press pool photographer during W’s stop in Sarasota (2006 or 2007), and made a few photographs of GySgt Kenefick. When I learned he was KIA, I tried sending you a few copies of the photograph. They were never “returned to sender,” so is it safe to assume you received them? Please feel free to give me a shout – rob (no space) mmattson (two m’s) at Gmail.


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