Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Keman L Mitchell

Hilliard, Florida

May 26, 2003

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
24 Army Sgt

Company C, 4th Engineer Battalion

Fort Carson, Colorado

Killed on May 26, 2003, in Karkuk, Iraq. Mitchell jumped into seven-foot deep body of water. When he failed to resurface, members of his squad retrieved him. Medical personnel went to the scene and started cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Mitchell was evacuated to a forward surgical team and was pronounced dead on arrival.

AP News

Keman Mitchell was the first member of his family to serve in the military. The Hilliard, Fla., soldier graduated from high school in 1997 and immediately enlisted. Mitchell, stationed at Fort Carson, drowned in Iraq on May 26. His wife, Kenya, is stationed in the Middle East.

From The Charlotte Observer:

Mitchell was the first member of his family to serve in the military. The 24-year-old Hilliard, Fla., soldier graduated from high school in 1997 and immediately enlisted, said his father, Steven Mitchell.

"He's the only one in the family that went in the service," he said. "He was just a good kid. He loved his family."

Mitchell, stationed at Fort Carson, drowned in Iraq on May 26. The elder Mitchell said his son had planned to make a career out of the Army.

His wife, Kenya, also is stationed in the Middle East.

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