Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Staff Sgt. Kenneth W. Hendrickson

41, of Bismarck, North Dakota.
Hendrickson died as a result of injuries received when his convoy was attacked with an improvised explosive device north of Fallujah, Iraq. He was assigned to 957th Engineer Company, 130th Engineer Brigade, Bismarck, North Dakota. Died on January 24, 2004.

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"To the family of Kenneth W. Hendrickson,
Sorry for your loss.

To Kenneth W. Hendrickson,
Thank you for serving. I saw your picture and dog tags at Scheels in Fargo on the weekend. I don't know you, but you looked a lot like some members of my family. Thank you for keeping the country safe and for serving.

Lest we forget & always remember. <3"
Kristin Hendrickson of Winnipeg, MB

"Miss you and think of you often. It's been almost 8 yrs and I still don't go a day without wishing you were here with us. I miss the 957 but never thought it would be the same once we got home. Miss and Love You."
JYB of Belcourt, ND

"Kenny, I hope that you and the others who have been victims of war enjoy the peace and joy of the Heavenly states. In the name of freedom of speech, we must point out the extremely severe conflicts of interest with those who would send our loved ones into harms way. God Bless Freedom! Pray for peace! End all war!"
Fish of USA

"To the family of:Kenneth W. Hendrickson
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

"Happy Birthday Kenny... miss you lots"
DuWayne Hendrickson of Minot,ND

"Hello, my name is SGT Christopher Hendrickson, I have been looking a little into my heritage recently and as a soldier serving in the U.S. Army, currently in Afghanistan myself, I decided to look for any other Hendricksons and came across this page. I know it is years later, but I give my condolences. I know I have family in North Dakota although I am not sure if I am related to any of you, but I wish you all the best."
Christopher Hendrickson, Sergeant U.S. Army of Bonney Lake, WA

"Happy Fathers Day Dad"
Amber Hendrickson of Fargo, ND

"May 7th today. Happy Birthday Kenny. Wish you were here, but I think about you everyday.Keep on watching over us. Love ya"
DuWayne Hendrickson of Minot,ND

"One month ago your son and I got married. We know you were there watching us and celebrating with us. We missed you. Hope you would enjoy having me as daughter-in-law! Love and miss you Dad!"
Amber Hendrickson of Fargo, ND

"January 17, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Kenneth W. Hendrickson:
Kenneth gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"thanxs for all of this info"
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"thanxs for all of this info"
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"thanxs for all of this info"
David Wilder of holdrege,ne,us

"Kenny, I think of you often..."
Laura (Schmidt) Heinle of Miles City, MT

"This weekend we honor the fallen and the serving. We honor the brave, our heroes. YOU are a hero to everyone that knew you. You will be remembered this weekend as one of the many who have given their lives so we can be free. For that, and so many other things, I thank you.
You did a wonderful job on your son, Ken. Miss you down here."
Amber Boyko of Fargo, ND

"Hey Kenny, I saw your mom the other day in the mall. We talked of this Memorial day and the events she will attend. It brought back lots of memories and made me miss you."
Tonya Sigl of Bismarck, ND

"Thinking of you today on your 46th birthday. Love you and miss you very much. I'll get to meet Keith's parents the end of the month when they come to Bismarck for a special presentation to ND families that have lost loved ones. Both of you keep watching over us."
Mom & Al of Bismarck, ND

"It is very difficult for me to write this but I was there when this occured. That was a horrible day. If I can answer any questions for the family of SSG Hendrickson or SGT Smette. m1gunner2001@yahoo.com They did EVERYTHING correct that day. My deepest condolences for your loss. I will always remember them."
Scott of AZ

"rest in peace my friend. can't wait to see you two."

"Hey Kenny, just remembering you and Keith today..thinking of all that you gave up for your country..But thats the way you always were..Keep on watching over us, and that Amber is a pretty sweet girl..You would have loved her."
DuWayne Hendrickson of Minot,ND

"Today we remember all the soliders who have kept us free, but I keep thinking about you and how much you mean to my fiance and his family. We sure do miss you. I've always wondered if you would let me call you dad. I wish I could know."
Amber Boyko...soon to be Hendrickson of Fargo, ND

"Kenny, Thanks for being a True Hero for this great Nation!!

Hendrickson Family my Prayers are with you.

Doug Smette"

"Hey Kenny, just thinking of you on your birthday...Sure do miss you... c ya"
DuWayne Hendrickson duwayneh@ndak,net of Minot,ND

"Thinking of you today, as I do everyday,and wishing you a Happy Birthday up there.

Love Mom"
of Bismarck, ND

"Kenny, wish you were here to share the news of Trevor's engagement to Amber yesterday(March 29th). I'm sure you'd like Amber. Watch over Trevor & Amber."
Mom of Bismarck, ND

"Kenny, it's hard to believe that yesterday was 3 years since you and Keith left us but we know you're watching over us. My birthday was hard as that was the last time I talked to you and we were making plans for the time you'd be home. Life can change all of us in a split second. We miss you and love you."
Mom of Bismarck, ND

"Hey Kenny,3 years already and in ways it still seems like yesterday and in some it is still a dream that I want to wake up from.Still cant believe you are gone. We lost 2 awesome people on Jan 24th...I talk to keiths mom and dad and Robby and Sara.... Boy do we miss you guys.Sunday is Derek Kenneth Hendricksons bday. Another one of those things you should be at.I know we all think of you every day and we sure miss you lots.... Love ya and miss ya Kenny."
DuWayne Hendrickson duwayneh@ndak.net of Minot,ND

"To Kenny's Family,

I just want you to know that Kenny will always be remembered by those of us who were with him in Iraq. There were many unique things about him that just were a part of who he was. I never heard of Divo (spelling?) until we were in Iraq together. Many times he made me smile or reassured me when we were on convoys together, I was his driver sometimes, usually he was manning the radio, as he was one of our navigation experts. Just know that he touched the lives of so many people in a positive way. May peace be in your hearts."
Sara Zoller (Lankford) of Minnetonka, MN

"I can hardly believe it's already been 3 years. It seems like just yesterday I got the most devastating call of my life from my Dad giving me the news. I still think of you everyday and miss you lots. You lived life the way it should be lived and impacted people in ways you probably never imagined. Thats a testament to your attitude and character. You will never be forgotten and we all miss you very much everyday. Love you and miss you Kenny."
Brandyn Hendrickson of Minot, ND Great USA

"Dwayne & Family,

Our Prayers are with you Guys Today as they are every Day, we lost two Great Heros on this Date & it changed Our Lives Forever!

Stay strong take Care
Doug & Char"

"Kenny, today was a special day to honor you and all the other veterans who have served our country and to those who gave their lives so we could have the freedom we have. Thinking of you all the time. Love Mom"

"Hey Kenny Thinking of you lots today...."
Duwayne Hendrickson duwayneh@ndak.net of Minot,ND

"thank you kenny. you and my brother are heroes. can't wait to see you both."

"“We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared. So we may always be free.” -Ronald Reagan"
KM of Bismarck, ND

"God Bless Kenneth Hendrickson"
Greg Hendrickson of lancing tennessee ghendrickson@highland.net

"i will never forget. rest in peace."

"Dear Kenneth,

On this Memorial Day I think of You and Your sacrifice. I feel privileged to know you through my sister who served with you. Thank You Kenneth, Thank You."
Carly T. & Family of Bismarck

"It has been over 2 years now since Kenny was KIA in Iraq and I did not know this site existed until DuWayne told me about it a couple weeks ago!
WOW!! What a tremendous site!
I want to thank everyone who has left messages regarding their service time spent with my son and also the many others who have expressed their condolances to our family! It is indeed difficult,even after all this time for all of us as we do miss our son, father, brother and uncle!
I would like to share one thing about Kenny with all of you!
When Kenny was just a small child he had an intense interest in the mid east, their governments and OPEC! He explained to me when he was about 10 years old what OPEC was! He would become quite worked up over the injustices he heard and read about in the mid east and knew the names of every countries leaders! Every time he and I would be together, the conversation would quickly go to the mid east, Iraq, Iran, Egypt and other coutries bordering these!Kenny always felt that something should be done for those people, as he did not like to see people treated the way the dictators over there treated their people! When he died, he was doing what he thought was right for the people over there, especially for the kids, as he felt that without the Allied and U.S. presence in Iraq those kids would not have a decent chance at life. Kenny loved the military and he volunteered his life so others, including people in a foriegn land, could have a chance at freedom!
I am Kenny's father.
Lyle Hendrickson
Rapid City, South Dakota"
Lyle Hendrickson of Rapid City, South Dakota, USA

"Thanks for the dream Dad it was good to see your face. I just wish it wasn't a dream."
Trevor Hendrickson

"Rest In Peace Kenny."

"Kenny, I hope that you could feel the rumble of Greg Biffles National Guard racecar on Sunday.I had your dogtags taped to his dash so at least you could have a ride in a Nextel Cup car..I am so jealous but i know you would have had a blast...Cayden went to his first Nascar race...Derek Kenneth Hendrickson is now 6 weeks old and is such a good looking baby.... Sure wish you were here to enjoy the heck out of your 2 nephews.Keep on watching over us Kenny... we miss you lots."
DuWayne Hendrickson of Minot,ND

"hero, i wish that i had known you. from what little i do know about you, it's comforting to know that you were there with my brother in his final moments on earth, and i'm glad that he was with you. we'd give anything to get you both back though. it sounds like you had a special kind of light within you, one that touched so many. i don't know why the best had to leave us first. 2 years ago, our families changed forever. our hearts changed, our lives changed, our world. i never thought that one man could change the world, but keith has changed mine, completely, forever, and i know that you've changed your family's world forever and completley too. i guess that's a testimony to how incredible and how special you guys are, and not just to your families, there are so many other people in this world whos lives will never be the same because of you. the good thing is that you changed a lot of people's hearts for the better with the examples you set, that is a gift that can never leave any of us. the gifts you and keith left... the things you taught us, your love. that will stay with us forever.. you two will be with us forever. i hate how i always write such long things on fhm, but i can't help it, it never seems enough, it never seems to come close to really letting you guys know what i feel, and how honored i am to have keith as my brother and now to have met some of your family kenny, and to have heard more about you. you sound a lot like keith, true, loving, and simply the best.. thank God for people like you. my heart and my thoughts go out to you and your family. i hope that you and keith are having a good one up there... we miss you guys more than words could express... with love, sarah smette"

"As of two years ago, I was not a large part of your son's life, but today that is different. I feel his pain when he misses you, and his joy when he tells me of the fun times you shared. His smile says it all. I have heard many stories about you Ken, and I really wish that I could have met you. You raised an amazing son and taught him well. He always opens the doors for me, just like you used to. I am so blessed to know your family and I pray for them and Trevor every night before I go to sleep. Thank you for what you have done, it will never be forgotten."
Amber Boyko of Bismarck, ND

"Kenny, this has been a hard day for me. You're always on my mind. It's hard to believe that today you've been gone for 2 years. Read the message DuWayne wrote to you. Yes, we had a good time at Christmas and I was VERY proud of DuWayne. Yes, I was glad that your Dad spent Christmas with everyone. I got a prayer today from one of my web sites and it was a Prayer From Heaven and it said that you're watching over all of us and that we will all have some rough roads ahead of us but you will be watching over us and looking forward to the time we will be together. Talked to Renae and Trevor tonite. Trevor is doing okay. He calls and does instant message with me. There is so much going on this year and wish you could be with us to enjoy the times but you will be watching over us. We're also thinking of Smette's family and are very proud of our heroes. Bismarck Schools has done an awesome memorial to you in the form of a shadow box so your memory will never be forgotten. I Love You, Reane, Trevor, DuWayne and his family and Sharon, Nikki and Lee. Keep watching over us."
Love Mom & Al of Bismarck

"R.I.P. Hero. thank you for everything you did and for the person you were. there aren't many like you kenny thats for sure. people who put others in front of themselves and who would do anything for a fellow soldier are few and far between but you fit that mold perfectly."
robert smette of columbus, georgia

"DuWayne & Family, You & I both know that there are no words that can make this situation any better.
We lost Two very special Heros 2 years ago, unreal how time goes by just wish there was something we could do.

But theres not, so lets be strong and have fun with these Two Special Guys when our time comes.

Take Care & God Bless"
Doug Smette

"Hey Kenny, it almost 2 years since you left my life..Instead of getting easier it is getting harder to deal with the loss of my little brother..This is getting so difficult and dont know where to turn.I talk to Robby and Sara Smette lots about the losses of our brothers..We are all having a difficult time with this..Somewhere there has to be someone or some way that we can get thru this...I think of both you and Keith everyday, knowing that someday I will get to see you and meet Keith,who seems like he was an awesome person and that you guys probably had a awesome time cruisin the roads of Iraq together. I struggled thru Christmas, tried to put on a good show for the family but it was the hardest thing Ive ever had to do. Dad was here and it was the 1st Christmas together for us in 27 years...Although I maybe didnt get along with DAD for a long time he has turned into one awesome dad..Kenny I love you so much...Take care of everyone we know up there and watch over me down here so I dont make a mistake. There are so many things happening here that you should be here for. And by the way Trevor and his honey were here for Christmas and had a good time..You have a pretty awesome son...Anyway just want you to know that you are always on my mind and in my heart...See you when God says it is my time. Love you"
DuWayne Hendrickson of Minot,ND

"I don't know Sgt. Hendrickson, but he is one awesome man to have so many kind words written about him. I read them and want to offer my condolences to all his friends and loved ones. I am so grateful that he is another American who made the ultimate sacrifice so that all of us back home came continue to enjoy our way of life! God Bless Sgt. Kenneth W. Hendrickson and his family!"
Cheryl Helms of Newport News, VA

"To Ken's family: Even though I never met Ken,I grieved for him, and I grieved for all of you, when you had to go through such a terrible tragedy. I still think of every one of you a lot. I will never forget you guys, and I will never forget what happened. My sympathy forever."
Sarah Iverson of Bismarck, ND

"Hey little brother and HERO, its been 20 months since you left my life, although it still seems like yesterday, and still hurts like it was yesterday...Life has not been the same for me, so I guess that i will have to look for a different course to follow...I dont want to, but i have to forget about you and everyone else that reminds me of you. I think it is the only solution to this problem....I am so very SORRY Kenny....I know you probably wouldnt understand unless the roles were reversed, but then again you probably would being as smart as u were.It has been getting easier since I started ignoring everyone....Dont even want to be here anymore.....So little brother, just keep on checking the check in list cus i will be there someday, hopefully soon.....C YA Kenny"
DuWayne Hendrickson of Minot,ND

rs of grand forks

"I think of you today and pray for your comfort. Mary Schmidt"

"To the family of Kenneth W. Hendrickson:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “Remembering Our Freedom.” A former Soldier and country music songwriter and performer “Rockie” will pay a special musical tribute. At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org"

"Kenny, its been 15 months since you were killed.. Im still waiting for life to be normal again, which it probably wont..I cry everyday, sometimes cause you are gone from our lives, sometimes it is when one of the kids has accomplished another of his goals in life. It was difficult when Dustin got married, maybe even more difficult when Seth and Sara made us Grandma and Grandpa. We went to Vegas for Easter to see Cayden Paul Hendrickson when he was 5 days old. and Dad went with also. That was pretty tough cause you shouldve been there also. I am very frustrated with with your 957 NG unit... For what had always been said about there big family, I dont see it..They have answered none of my questions, and havnt given me things that I requested.. Maybe its supposed to be that way. I miss you very much but know that someday soon we will be together again...Keep a watch on our family from the most awesome place in th universe...You are my HERO Kenny and I will never forget you and what you have done for everyone. Love ya and Miss ya little brother....."
DuWayne Hendrickson of Minot,ND

"To the family of Ken Hendrickson

Please know that you are in my prayers. I have heard great stories from my daughter about him. Take care of each other"
Mary mschmidt1958@yahoo.com of Burlington, ND

"To the family of Kenneth W. Hendrickson,

I received Kenneth Hendrickson's name on my hero bracelet and wanted to let you know. I have taken time to research him and will wear this knowing he stood for all the things that are great and good about being an American. I wish he was still with you, but know that his, and your, sacrifice is not forgotten."
Rebecca White of Yokosuka, Japan


"Thank you Daddy-o, well you know how i am doing, Love you"
Trevor of Bismarck ND

"To Kenny's Family,
Kenny was my section sergeant in Iraq...even though I knew him from drill weekends for a long time, I got to know a lot more about him as us soldiers all became one big family. He really could be a goofball and even though he was my leader, I could still just talk to him. He had this silly bobblehead-turkey-thing by his bunk that his mom sent him...and I wondered why he would need that way out in the Desert...but he was a kid at heart and just said "but isn't it cool?!?". We often played cards during downtime and Kenny always wanted to play if he wasn't working...he loved to keep busy. Plus, he was so darn smart...I swear, he knew everything! One time, when I was nervous about a specific convoy, Kenny reassured me and told me that I would be okay...it saddens me that he was the one who lost his life. He never said it, but I truly think that he went on as many convoys as he could because he would rather expose himself to danger instead of one his his soldiers. I only hope that you find comfort in the fact that he was a brave leader and a great person. He spoke so fondly of his family and loved you so much. God bless you."
Sara Lankford of Benton, Arkansas

"Kenny, the holidays were tough and my birthday was hard as that was the last time I talked to you. Monday will be the toughest as that's the day the lives of all of us that loved you changed. Your older brother misses you and is having a tough time dealing with the loss of his little brother. You will live on in our hearts forever."
Love Mom

"To the family of Ken and soldiers who served with him;

Know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many as we approach the first anniversary of Ken's death. His memory lives on through you. God Bless you, comfort you and Peace."
Bernadette Ternes -NDNG Family Program of Bismarck, ND

"Hey Kenny, whats up in the best part of the world today...Christmas has passed, even though it wasnt xmas with you not being here.It is so hard for me these days. From now til Jan 24th are going to be the worst..Say HI to Keith Smette,his family sure does miss that guy..I sure do hope and pray that things get better.....Anyway tomorrow is homemade ice cream day.....Sure wish u could be here,you know how good that homemade stuff is....Miss you lots little brother.....See you SOON Love ya and miss ya"
DuWayne Hendrickson duwayneh@ndak.net of Minot,ND

"Hey Kenny, to the best Veteran, HERO and little brother on Veterans Day....These days are very tough, to tough for this guy....Cant wait to see you.....Love ya and miss you......"
DuWayne Hendrickson duwayneh@ndak.net of Minot,ND

"Hey Kenny.....Everyday I think of you, u have always been my hero and forever you always will be. I sure do miss you. I cant wait to be buried next to you at the Vet cemetary....Love you and miss you....Everyday.....Everyday little brother............."
DuWayne Hendrickson duwayneh@ndak.net of Minot,ND

"My name is Nikky and im a friend of Trevor's (Ken's son) and allthough i never got the honor to meet Ken, i feel like i know him. I know all the stories, from when Trevor was born to him signing his emails "Kenny the pooh, protector of the free world" so many people have positive things to say. ive never once heard a bad thing about him. Trevor is a lot alike him from what i hear. They have the same goofball attitude. Trevor and i have spent many hours talking about "dad" as ive come to call him. Ken, i want you to know how much i appreciate what you did, and that i will never forget you. and i also want you to know that i love Trevor, and ill do my best to take care of him for you."
Nikky Fleckenstein of Bismarck North Dakota

"I am Ken's son thank you for all the support. All I ask is that you pray for the fallen and thier familis and never forget that freedom is not free"
Trevor Hendrickson of Bismarck ND

"To the Family of Kenneth Hendrickson;

My name is Mary Schmidt and I am the mother of a soldier in the 957. I am so very sorry for your loss. While visiting my daughter in Bismarck this past weekend, my husband and I visited the ND Veterans Cemetery. We visited the grave of Kenneth Hendrickson and paid our respects to him, an American Hero."
Mary Schmidt of Burlington, ND

"To the family of SSG Hendrickson. He sounded like quite the guy! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please know that many folks care about your family. As a former North Dakota citizen I can say I am very sad to hear of the loss of a North Dakota soldier. It is amazing what the military personnel have done for our terrific country! We are so proud of their bravery. I ask folks to pray for all the Fallen Heroes along with their family and friends. I also ask that we keep the injured in our thoughts and prayers, as well. God Bless The Hendrickson Family!"
MAJ Donna Rojas/Army Nurse of Brooke Army Medical Center/San Antonio, Texas

"I am very sorry for your loss. It is people Like Kenneth Hendrickson, people who are willing to give all they have to protect this country, that make this country GREAT! Though I did not know him or your family you are all in my prayers, as well as every other soldier and their families."
Jen of Minot ND The GREAT US of A

"Sergeant Hendrickson, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"I'm Ken's Mom and I would like to thank everyone that has left a message. He will be missed by all of us. He is in our thoughts all the time. We also pray for the rest of our soldiers that are still fighting for our freedom. Ken died doing what he believe him and we're all very proud of him."
Adeline Reis of Bismarck, ND USA

"To the Family of Kenneth,
So sorry to hear about your loss. He will be remembered and spoke of fondly for years to come."
1SG Duane M. Hagen, one of your Minnesota cousins, of Camp Stanley Korea.

"As Iraqi Freedom started and some of our nations soldiers became POWs is when this war started getting close to home. As these soldiers were from Ft Bliss,Texas and that was where I served my time in the US Army. This was my home for 1 and 1/2 years and it is still in my mind today. These soldiers were also like a family, even though I did not know them. It was probably around Christmas 2002 or shortly after that Kenny said he was going to Iraq....I wasnt really worried about things at this time, although all war is a dangerous place to be...It was after the 957th got moved to there new camp near Fallujah when I knew I wasnt going to have a brother to enjoy anymore.Kenny was a lead convoy person for what i believe to be his whole time in Iraq, and the most dangerous job of all. And it was a job I believe he volonteered for, just so that if something did happen that some younger person would be able to live his life longer. Kenny was always looking out for other people first. I know that he always felt that he lived his life to the fullest, helped everyone he could, from kids in school to his cousins, aunts, uncles, brother, sister, his awesome mom and stepdad, his dad and anyone else who needed a helping hand, someone to talk to or whatever. There are lots of people still very said about the loss of this great American hero and citizen. He was even greater than I realized he was. On Jan 24th my wife went to work early in the morning, so I retreated to a cup of coffee and CNN. The first thing I saw was the Roadside attack by Fallujah, felt the wierdest feeling and at that point I knew I had already lost my brother, but I sat and watched this in peace ands quiet for many hours, not hearing anything. It was a little after noon, when I walked into the house to check emails.There was an email from my Dad that just said Kenny in the subject line. I didnt want to open it cause i knew what is said.I did open it, just in case it said he was injured but my feelings were correct. We had just lost an awesome member of our family. Kenny had 3 priorities in his life, his Mom, Adeline, his wife of less than a year, Reane and his awesome son Trevor. My thoughts turned to how these peoples lives would change without this very lovable guy in their lives. These thoughts still bring a wide range of emotions. Anyway, today is April 16th,and in a few days the 957 will be returning to Bismarck,ND. Personally for me the days are getting harder, the emotions, both good and bad, are there every day....I will be in Bismarck to be there when our 957 guys return, and will probably be one of the toughest days that this guy will ever endure....But I still have to be there. I want to see pics and hear the funny stories about Kenny in Iraq,as I know there will be. Kenny was just that kind of guy.... Kenny will be greatly missed by these members of his family...His wife Renae, his son Trevor and stepdaughter Kim, Al and Adeline Reis, Lyle Hendrickson,DuWayne and Joann Hendrickson, Brandyn and Alison and Cody,Seth,Dustin And Isaac Hendrickson, Sharon Thimgan and Nikki.....He was so special.....Love Ya Kenny"
DuWayne Hendrickson of Minot,ND

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Kenneth, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Thank you for sharing a little of the man you all loved! Pat & Sandi B from Montana "

"my name is Kelly Meidinger, I am Reane Hendrickson's brother(Ken Hendrickson's brother in law) If anyone needs any information of some kind you can contact me at kmeid@mcleodusa.net. I would like to tell you about a man that is a true american and a loving and caring husband, father, and friend.

My spelling is not the best so please forgive that. This may also be a little long, but please read it all as I would like you to know about at least one of the many brave men and women over in Iraq.

Ken's the type of man who you would never have to ask twice about anything. a very well educated man with a degree in mathimatics and secondary education. It's not about a teaching job for him, it's about helping the kids. He taught when he could and when he wasn't teaching he was still around the kids. He worked as a custodian in the very high school he went to school at. Teachers say there were many a times they would see Ken standing beside his janitorial cart, Math book open, helping a student that didn't grasp the days lesson, it was about helping the kids. He learned computer systems on his own, and eventually became a computer tech, once agian at the same high school. So, now not only was he teaching kids, doing his janatorial work while helping kids with math, He also helped with the school computer and also helped kids on the computer when they had a problem. It was about the Kids.

Ken's wife(Reane) ment the world to him, and he to her. They were married on Feb 8 2003 just four days before he shipped out to Iraq . They were two peas in a pod and never very far apart. Thier marriage was the kind you always read about and wanted yours to be like, It truely was a marriage made in heaven. He always made sure that he and his son Trevor always had time to spend together. They called it thier "Guy Time" even though Trevor is 18. He equally spent time with his stepdaughter and all his family and friends. He was always thier to help when needed never having to ask him twice, and never saying no, or complaining about it. He would get a car load of people singing at the top of their lungs to "Love Shack" and in and instant would start skipping down the street with his wife's purse drappped over his shoulder a true kid at heart. Never afraid to try anything new, he had the uncanning ability to also talk you in to diong it with him. While in Iraq he would get up in the middle of the night, walk a half mile to the phone just to call and wish you a happy birthday or to talk to his wife, he would do this because of the time difference, He did'nt want to wake anybody up. When asked about things in Iraq He would just say "Things are fine" as not to worry anybody. At first he did'nt understand why he was there, but, later said that after seeing how peaple had to live and the way the kids were in rags and living in the most intollerable conditions, he knew why he was there. Once again it was about the kids.

On January 24 2004, just shortly befor thier first year annerversary Reane received a pakage from Ken Contianing two jade vases, a disposeable camare, and a letter from Ken. Unfortanutly the two vases were broke in shipping. The camare contianed pictures of of him, and the letter was the first one that he hand wrote to her. He usually called every 10 to 12 days, and e-mailed as often as he could. The pakage arrived at around 10:00 am, at 1:00 pm that same day a car pulled up in front of the house with two military personnel. Ken Hendrickson had been killed while in a convoy outside of Fulluja By a Improvised explosive device.

I just thought you should know that the people that are doing what needs to be done over in iraq are some of the best, and thanks to all those who care it makes life easier to bare when times are hard.

My prayers are with all the men and women in Iraq as well as the families at home.

Kelly Meidinger"
Kelly Meidinger of Bismarck, North Dakota

"To the family of Staff Sgt. Hendrickson: Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We, too, recently lost our son, also a National Guard engineer, in Mosul. We share your pain and grief, and want you to know that Kenneth's service and your sacrifice will not be forgotten. We understand there has been a scholarship fund established. When you have a moment, please e-mail me at art@edcoonline.com with information on the scholarship fund."
Art Nakis of Sedro-Woolley, WA

"To SSGT Kenneth Hendrickson, Thank you for your service. Thank you for giving your all. Thank you for your sacrifice. I am so proud to serve in the same military you were a part of and my greatest hope is to serve as honorably as you did. You will never be forgotten.

To SSGT Hendrickson's family, You are in my thoughts during this most difficult time. May you take comfort in knowing that his service and sacrifice were not in vain. I hope that memories of your loved one will allow you to smile through your tears and bring you peace. Always,"
SSgt Dominique Atkins of Offutt AFB, NE

"Staff Sgt. Hendrickson:
Thank your for giving yourself so that those of us at home can live freely. There are not enough 'thank yous' for a gift such as this. Rest in peace brave soldier"
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Kenneth Hendrickson, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Kenneth Hendrickson:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Kenneth for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Kenneth Hendrickson:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Kenneth, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on