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

Toby R Olsen

Manchester, New Hampshire

January 20, 2007

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
28 Army Spc

3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

Fort Richardson, Alaska

 Killed in Karma, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their Humvee.

From KOIN TV Portland 01/22/07:

Another Oregon Soldier Killed In Iraq

PORTLAND - An Army soldier from Portland has been killed in Iraq.

Sgt.SeanFennerty25-year-old Sgt. Sean Patrick Fennerty was riding in a military vehicle in the dangerous Anbar Province when it was hit by a roadside bomb. His family and friends told KOIN News 6 he always wanted to serve in the military and considered it an honor to protect his country.

Fennerty was born in San Diego, at the Naval Hospital there, while his father was on active duty. By the time he reached high school age, his family had moved to Portland. He graduated from Jesuit High School in 1999, and from Oregon State University in 2004. He joined the U.S. Army and became an airborne infantry soldier, stationed at Fort Richardson, Alaska with the 25th Infantry Division.

Fennerty's father is a doctor at Oregon Health & Science University. He is also survived by his mother, two sisters and one brother.

According to a statement from Jesuit High School, "His awareness of duty to make our world a better place is what led him into the military service of our country. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sean's parents, sisters, brother and the extended Fennerty family during this difficult time."

A list kept by Governor Kulongoski's office says Fennerty is the 78th soldier from Oregon or with close Oregon ties to die in the Iraq war. 

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