Specialist Joseph P Kenny, 20, of Veneta, Oregon, died June 23, 2007 in Mosul, Iraq from injuries sustained in a non-combat related incident. He served with the 27th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.
SPC Kenny attended Elmira High School. His principal, Karen McKenzie, said, "he was excited about being in the military."
Joe is remembered by his friends and teachers as the 'class clown' - a well liked and bright young man, good at math and at drawing out smiles from others. The tributes from his friends and teachers speak volumes about his spirit and character. Read it here.
SPC Kenny is survived by his mother, Linda Peterson-Phillips Smith of Veneta, father, John Kenny Jr of Escondido, CA, fiance Ashley Brodkotb, brother, Michael of Eugene, sister Jennifer of Issaquah, WA, sister Taylor Krisine of Escondido, CA, sister Mercedes Smith of Veneta.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this most difficult time.
UPDATE: Services for SPC Kenny will be held July 2, at 3 pm, at Elmira High School.