Sunday, December 03, 2006

Army Specialist Kenneth W. Haines

Remember Our Heroes

Army Specialist Kenneth W. Haines, 25, of Fulton, N.Y.

Spc. Haines was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; died Dec. 3 in Balad, Iraq, of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle while on patrol in Abu Hishma, Iraq.

Soldier from Fulton, N.Y. killed in Iraq

The Associated Press

FULTON, N.Y. — A 25-year-old Army soldier from upstate New York was killed by a roadside bomb while on patrol in Iraq, federal officials said Thursday.

The Department of Defense said Spc. Kenneth W. Haines, of Fulton, N.Y., was fatally wounded when the device exploded near his vehicle in Balad, Iraq. Haines, who was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, at Fort Hood, Texas, died Sunday.

Haines joined the military in September 2000 as a fire support specialist and was assigned to his unit for just over three years. He deployed to Iraq in October.

Haines received several military awards and decorations, including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and National Defense Service Medal.

Kenneth W. Haines, 25, of Fulton, NY, died Sunday, December 3, 2006, while under enemy fire as he was driving in a United States Army Stryker Vehicle on convoy in Balad, Iraq.

He was born in Syracuse, and he was a resident of Syracuse from 1981 until he moved to Fulton in 1993.

Specialist Haines was a 2000 graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School, Fulton. He was a member of the varsity wrestling team and varsity football team. He played the tuba in the high school band and the jazz ensemble.

Specialist Haines was a United States Army veteran while actively serving his second tour of duty in the 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division stationed out of Fort Hood, TX, in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Specialist Haines was the recipient of the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, two National Defense Service Medals, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and a Weapons Qualification Badge as a sharpshooter.

Pending medals, which will be honored to Specialist Haines posthumously, include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the Combat Action Badge.

He is survived by his foster parent, Kirk McMillan of Fulton; three brothers; and one sister.

Army Specialist Kenneth W. Haines was killed in action on 12/03/06.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ken,
You will always be remembered bye me and my family. You always made me smile and I always looked forward to your motivation. You are a TRUE HERO, and I will never forget you BROTHER!
SSG Johnson, Chad E.
U.S. Army Field Artillery
Enlisted