Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Master Sgt. Kenneth E. Hunt, Jr.

40, of Tucson, Arizona.
Hunt died at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, from wounds received July 24, 2005 when the vehicle he was riding in struck an anti-tank mine while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Taqaddum, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Wing Support Group 37, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona. Died on October 12, 2005.

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"Found a photo of Sgt. Hunt on another site. Not sure if it will post or not. Just found this site. https://www.fold3.com/page/638875512_kenneth_e_hunt_jr/photos/311030258/"
Chester Oakes of Phoenix, AZ

"MSgt Hunt was a Marine's Marine. He lived, breathed, and ate Marine. He was also my Corporal's Course Instructor. He even loaned me his personal sword for drill, because we ran short. He also threatened my life if I did not return the sword in the manner I received it. I did not know him well, but I wish I had. He made an impression on me that I carry to this day. Not bad for a couple weeks exposure to his leadership style. I consider myself to be one of the fortunate ones who got the opportunity to learn from him. I write this as of 30 Aug, 2016. There hasn't been but a handful of days I haven't thought about, then, GySgt Hunt. Semper Fidelis and thank you MSgt. You're probably the reason I made it to GySgt."
Marshall Morey of Smithville, MO

"Top,
Not a day goes by that I don't think about you and all the things you've taught me. I'm retired now and I continue to help disabled veterans with their disabilities as I know that's what you would expect of me. You always saw the leadership in me even when I didn't. I miss you so much and I hope that we will meet again my brother. Til Valhalla. Sgt Mike Humphries"
Sgt Mike Humphries of Tooele Utah USA

"MSGT, thanks for that ride at the fair in Yuma, and thanks for recommending me as class leader in Corporal's Course, and for helping me pack all my pre-deployment gear. Lots of gold and scarlet love to you! I will never ever forget you!"
Sarah Seely of Colton, CA

"I served with MSGT, today on base we are doing a run for the fallen, in memory of him I will be running in his honor. He was a great marine and mentor"
Chris schmalle of Ft Lee, VA

"MSgt Hunt. A toast to you on our 239th birthday. Your memory is still strong. Semper Fi brother."
Col Horowitz of Washington, DC

"MSgt Hunt, it has been eight years and as many of my fellow brothers and sisters note on your wall, the wound is still fresh. Every time that I visit this site, I am fascinated for what you continue to do!! It is very clear to all that you continue to make an impact in our lives despite your physical absence. You live through our memories and thoughts and you continue to challenge us to be better and do right. You have nurtured a Standard Operating Procedure, (SOP), in our minds that speaks to us and reminds us to carry ourselves with the highest degree of dignity and integrity. You remind us to be a gentleman and display acts of unselfishness in our communities and with our love ones. I will always strive to be a better leader, father and friend, because of that SOP that you instilled in our harts and our brain housing units. For that, I will always be grateful that we crossed paths in this world and I look forward to the day we do so again in the afterlife.

Semper Fi,"
Arturo De la Mora Jr.

"Top, I finally got selected. I never would have stopped pushing if it wasn't for your words next to your hermit shack on TQ. I will never forget what you told me. "Rank is used to help those around you...not yourself." I will continue to honor your memory and live by that code. Semper brother..."
MSgt Donovan "Jedi" Cruz of San Antonio, TX

"i know its been 8 yrs MSgt you always lead us right when it was Pacheco and I and that you gave your life for this country i know you always got after me , but i was saw that to was to guide to the right path you still up there guarding the gates of heaven with your blues and will never forget"
Cpl M.Alvarado Jr of San Antonio Tx

"MSgt,

Words cannot express the impact you had on my career as a Marine. You are the one that made me turn my life around and dedicate myself to the service of our country. I owe you so much. I hope you'd be proud to see how far I've come from the lazy LCpl I once was. Semper Fidelis...You are and always will be the metric to how I measure my Marines...YUHT!!"
CWO2 Jimmy S Chon of Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan

"I remember never being a model Marine, but every time I saw this man, then Gunny. Hunt, It made me proud and gave me a lot of hope for my choice to become a Marine. For a young first term Marine trying to find his place, I always looked up to Gunny and thought "maybe one day, if I work harder I can become like him". I still remember knowing when he was about to inspect my room, the rumors circulated around that he'd come check my room specifically, so I worked 2 days ahead of time just to get things squared. This is the kind of motivation this man gave you, he had that look on his face that if you crossed him you're cooked, but if you do well, you just averted the end of the world. Though I was eventually medically discharged, I still remember Marines like him who made me proud that I was among heroes who would proudly give their lives for this country. MSGT Hunt, you are a true hero and I hope you rest in peace."
Priciano Pierre, LCPL USMC RET of New York, NY

"I knew him as Ssgt. Hunt or "The Hunter" we called him. He was an amazing man, leader and Father to us all. I was his gunner while we were deployed in the Persian Gulf with 1st Bn 1st Marines, Heavy Machine Gun platoon. I was a bit of a trouble maker and he took me under his wing and changed my life for the better. He was an inspiration to me and I will always remember him for the rest of my days. Semper Fi"
Scott Bell, Cpl USMC of Kona, HI USA

"Top,
You are a true American Hero. You were my Corporals course instructor. In my career in the Marines I have to say I learned the most from you. You have influenced so many of us, and have changed the lives of many Marines for the better. Drilling was not my strength, I remember being corrected on many occasions by you.
You will be missed.
Nicolaus Caracas USMC retired"
Nicolaus Caracas of San Diego, CA

"It has been seven years but it still feels like it was yesterday..."
Cpl Jonathan Sotelo of Clovis Ca

"MSgt Hunt,

The seven year anniversary of that day is coming up & its still hard. I think about you constantly & about how much I learned from you. To all those who show their love on this page, my name is David Anglin & I was in the vehicle with Top that day. I'll never for give myself that he passed & I didn't. This has been the hardest thing in my life to deal with. All of these comments left here show the man he IS! To the Hunt family, I was never able to face anything that dealt with this tragedy but I wanted to say I'm so very sorry. He was such a great man, Marine, father, husband etc. One of the greatest I knew. Top, I love you & I'll see you again."
David E. Anglin Jr. (Marine LCpl/Cpl MP with MWSS 371 2002-2006, retired) of Sacramento, CA USA

""TOP" Just wanted to say, not a day goes by that you don't cross my mind....
PS: I owe you a pinch of snuff"
Chris Unterrainer of Arlington, Texas

"Maria,
Only God knows why exatly but I recently have been led to think about and pray for you and the rest of the family.
In His peace"
Chaplain Stephen Zachary of Camp Pendleton Oceanside, CA

"MSgt Hunt, I like to visit your site every once in a while to read the postings all over again. Every time I do, I get this weird feeling in my gut. It is really impressive the impact that you had among many of us during your stay. I truly miss you! I found this posting in FB and though it would apply, so I here you go.


"How can success be measured in a man
By the net worth of his fortune ?
By the possessions he displays ?
By the vastness of the land he owns or
by the notoriety he's achieved thru great deeds,
if only to satisfy his own ego or greed.

If I could choose something to make me successful
it would be, to be thought of as an honest man
a caring partner and father, and at the end
to have but one good friend, and a loving family
who will morn my passing and remember me
not as great, wealthy, or notable but, only as an honorable man."

Semper Fi"
Arturo De la Mora Jr.

"I'm sorry for not going to your funeral. I will never forget you or the things you taught us. Thank you"
(CPL) Aaron Lordeman of Denver, CO

"I remember MSgt Hunt from my very first duty station as a 2ndLt. What a great marine, leader and person. Thanks you for a being a great influence to a young officer. Semper Fi!"
Jessica Hopely (Former Capt, USMC) of Philadelphia, PA

"6 Year anniversary of his passing...
MSgt (Gunny) Hunt was my company Gunny at MAG 13 PSD (2000 - 2002). He was the inspector for my meritorious Corporal board, he pinned the stripes on my collar when I was promoted, and was also my Corporals' Course instructor where he showed what leadership was all about. He was a mentor to all. He lead by example. He also saved my butt from getting NJP'd!
As cliche as it sounds, he was a Marine's Marine! Everyone knew who Gunny Hunt was. He was feared because he was firm and tough, yet he was respected because he had the ability to show compassion. He actually had a great sense of humor. He let some Marines call him Gunny, to others, he would correct them and tell them, "It's Gunnery Sergeant!"
He really cared about his Marines and he sure did love his beloved Corps. No one can forget how he always grunted before he spoke, how he always wiped his left hand down his left breast pocket multiple times, the dip in his mouth, and his primer colored work in progress Camaro! He sure did sport those Gunny rolls when sleeves were up!
He was the best Gunny! Definitely one of a kind. You will never be forgotten. May you always rest in peace."
John Hong SGT USMC (2000-2004) of Los Angeles, CA

"MSgt,

Motivate....You are still in my memories. You will never be forgetten. Not by me and never by the Marines who had the honor of serving with you. Now more than ever I see you were the epitome of SNCO leadership. Semper Fidelis. With Respect. From the Stan...."
SSgt Jimmy S Chon of Kabul, Afghanistan

"Even though i did not know of you on a personal level Kenneth, I do know enough about you in that i have a great deal of respect and admiration for the service and sacrifice that you provided to this great Nation we all cherish. You have a beautiful family and it warms my heart to have seen them move forward even though they struggle from your loss. May God always shower his blessings upon your family and watch over all those for whom you loved. 2-28-2011"
John McKinley of Yuma Arizona

"To the family of MSgt Kenneth Hunt:
Your Husband and Father was the eptimone of a career Marine. I served with him from April 2000 to July 2002. I truly feel your loss as I was assigned to the 5th Marine Regiment during the war and saw alot of good men fall into Gods graces. Please accept my sincere condolenses on your loss as I just recently found out about this tragedy. The one thing I can say about Gy Hunt as I knew him was he was always motivated and intergetic. The funniest thing in my mind was when we had to weigh in, as he was the S-3 chief, he always told us to take everything off, execpt our scivvies to make weight. He was truly a humerous man. May he rest in peace and God bless you all."
Shawn Peterson, CWO3, USMC, Ret of Silver, City NM

"I'll never forget your Class on Weapons Top Hunt. The way you presented it and instructed will forever be burnt into my "brain housing group" and every class we got from you you would always have a dip in we will always miss you Top"
Cpl Joshua A DeBlasis of New Bern Nc USA

"MSGT Hunt was a Gunny when he taught me that being a Marine Corporal meant courage and integrity were intertwined and were by no means negotiable. He was a Marine's Marine and I carry with me many of the lessons he passed down both during the course, and in conversation on base.
Semper Fidelis Marine, you led through example. Now your Marines will do the same."
Felix Herrera former SGT USMC

"Today is September 11, 2010. I remember exactly what I was doing when the towers fell in NY, I was PT-ing with a group at Corporal's Course at MCAS Yuma, AZ. Guess who my instructor was? Gunny Hunt. I think it is important to recognize that at the exact same time September 11th was happening, Gunny Hunt was training Marines and making us better leaders in the Marine Corps. He was a Marine's Marine and no doubt in my mind Gunny Hunt made me a better Marine and leader. Thanks Gunnery Sergeant Kenneth E. Hunt for your service to the Marine Corps and your country."
MIke Harkins of Charleston, SC

"Baby, not a day goes by that I don't think of you. You brought so much joy and happiness to my life and now your gone, but in my heart you're still here my love. I know one day we'll be reunited,but until then I will wait for you to come for me and guide me through the gates of heaven. We miss you each and every day that goes by....Forever and ever in my heart, Maria Hunt"
Maria Hunt of Yuma Arizona

"You are with me everyday Top. Not a day goes by I do not look back and remember serving side by side with you in Iraq. You have kept countless Marines alive by instilling in them everything you knew. Your memory will live on forever because your teachings will be passed on from Marine to Marine just as I have passed on everything you thought me. You were the greatest mentor a Marine could have."
Sgt Peulecke (Puke), Jon J. of Chicago, IL

"I'll never forget your Class on Weapons Top Hunt. The way you presented it and instructed will forever be burnt into my "brain housing group" Cpl. Soto MWSS-371, MCAS Yuma 2002-2007"
Benjamin David Soto of Santa Maria, Ca. U.S.A.

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH

"Dear Master Sgt Hunt:
I never knew you, but I can tell from all the wonderful messages left here by your friends and fellow Marines that you were a great man, a great Marine and a true American Hero. I proudly wear your name on the bracelet sent to me from the Wounded Warriors Project and I urge all my students, colleagues and friends to do the same-support the Wounded Warriors and wear the name of a fallen hero on their wrist and pray for them and their family everyday. You gave the last full measure of your devotion so that this Union would not perish and your sacrifice will always be honored by me and your family will always be in my prayers. GOD BLESS you and your family! Semper Fi"
Terry J. Lovell of Prescott, AZ

"You are not forgotten MSgt. Semper Fi"
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Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"to the family of MSgt Hunt It has taken we years to get the courage up to do this. Msgt Hunt was like a second father to us he was always there to help us when we needed it or if we needed to talk about problems at home. no matter what it would be at that time. he was one of the best to serve with as a young Marine. He had a love for the Corps and his fellow Marines he stood by. im sure his enthusiasm and selfish dedication carried over to his family life to. although he is lost he will never be forgoten by me or by the ones he served alongside with. Semperfi Top untill we all meet again at the gates of heaven you will always be apart of many lifes."
Cpl Carlton former mwss 371 marine of FLW,Mo

"To the family of Kenneth E Hunt,Jr...I went to school with Ken at Santa Rita High it Tucson,Az and your Husband,Dad was awesome there also even before he became a marine.....And to Kenny's son Ken......Im sure you will become as great as your father was.....and he will be with you always even when you get married and have kids..watching over you and the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA just like he always did.........but he still can't polevault like he tried to in Highschool.....all my love Denis O'Hara"
Denis O'Hara of Myrtle Beach,SC

"I went to high school with Kenny at Santa Rita High School in Tucson Arizona and was a friend of his. I want to thank all those who have left a piece of Kennys history here because after school i never saw him again. We all leave friends on that last day of senior year and promise to keep in touch, yet we never do. Kenny was one of those people, when i ran across his name, i was really curious to know what became of him. It doesnt surprise me that "hero" was the word i would find. Although he was a soft spoken guy in school, he always had a vibe to him of approachability...he always had a smile to brighten a miserable school day."nice guy" is what Kenny and I got tagged with all the time..wheres I took my "nice guy" status to the stage, Kenny took it to a real "theatre". I couldnt be prouder of Ken for the price he and his family paid that day we lost him. Guys like Kenny make me feel half alive. They set that bar higher for me to see so I know that there is so much more I can do as a person. If not for myself at least i can do it in memory of my friend Kenny. God bless that "nice guy" friend of mine, and God bless his family for bravely carrying on after his sacrifice. Bless those that were all touched by Kenny's smile and courage, and Bless those that keep fighting for their country. Kenny we all love ya bud, so keep that smile, we all remember, on your face."
Mike Brownstein of Detroit Lakes, MN

"I knew him as a Sgt and SSgt at Wpns 1/1, after he came off the Drill Field. He was absolutely the single most outstanding Marine I knew. He also lacked arrogance, considering how good he was, and cared about his Marines. His bravery was evident even then when we had to police M203 duds from an impact area in Japan. Thanks to him, we didn't worry about how dangerous that really was because of our faith in him and his ability to instruct (lead) us. His unique, get down with the Marines teaching style was still evident in the pics I've seen of him years later.
Lt Biggio, you certainly are not forgotten as "just some officer passing through," as you said below. Thank you for trying to stand up to Capt O'Brien (who dealt you considerable mistreatment, in front of your Marines no less) and not being afraid to personally straighten out a couple of Marines as needed. I would have gone to war with you any time. I did think of you when I went to Iraq years later with the Guard.

My deep condolences to the Hunt family. No finer man has ever graced the Corps with his presence."
former Sgt Robert Fiske, Wpns 1/1 of Littleton, New Hampshire

"September 30, 2008
To the family of Master Sgt. Kenneth E. Hunt, Jr.:
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"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Master Sergeant Hunt, took me almost three years to get some courage and write you this letter. I just want you to know that I pray for you and your family consistently, and that I will always be there for them if they call for me. I will do this because you were the only Marine who looked out for me when I was down. I will never forget you. I pray the Lord that someday, we meet again.

Truly yours,

Arturo De la Mora Jr.
USMC"
Arturo De la Mora

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" Semper Fi Marine"
Raul Fiveash CWO-3 Ret. of Yuma, AZ

"Dad, I miss you so much! I wish you could be here right now but I know you are in a better place! I still cry a lot because I can't believe you are gone! You were the best dad ever!!! There were so many great memories that you left instilled in my heart. I wish you could have been here longer to see me get married someday and have a family of my own! I am astounished that you were such a great role model! It has helped me to become a strong and determined young adult! I want to be just like you and influence people the way you did! I love you dad!!!"
Ken E. Hunt of Yuma, AZ

"MSgt,

I don't even have the words to express my thanks. Before i met Top i was a three year LCpl who had given up on himself and the Marine Corps. Top you changed my view of life and the Marine Corps. MSgt would be there at 0200 and stay until 2300. He took a group of garrison MP's and turned us into a functional unit. many a time i was in a situation where the training that i had been through got me back behind the wire safe. You'd be proud of me, i hope. I'm a Sgt of Marines now. When my Marines ask me how i learned how to be who i am, i tell them stories about you. "you mp's think you're so special with your own F**king barracks!" lol...i still remember the smell of CLP in the morning. i remember you kicking me in the head trying to get that stupid turret to turn. i remember watching you climb onto the humvee and being amazed that you were as nimble as you were. I REMEMBER HOW OLD YOU LOOKED FOR YOUR AGE! LOL...wish you could see me now top. for what its worth you're one of the most influential people in my life. i remember things you said that you may have long forgotten. i miss you MSgt.
For anyone that didn't have the honor of meeting this man, you would have been amazed by him. As corny as it may sound, he instilled more in me than my Drill Instructors. HE made me a Marine, He showed me how to lead, and He showed me how to follow. I'm still pretty cocky Top, just not as big a punk as i was when you first met me. Maybe one day i can be the leader you were."
Sgt Jimmy S. Chon (Formerly of MWSS-371, OIF 04-06) of MCAS Yuma, AZ

"I knew MSgt Hunt (then a GySgt) aboard MCAS Yuma, Arizona from 1999 to 2001. He was my Squadron GySgt and I was a new SSgt. I respected him to the point that if he ever asked anything of me, I would drop everything to try to "make it happen." I tried to be the best Marine I could be in his presence just because - 'Thats Gunny Hunt!' The day I left Yuma I was presented with a plaque by GySgt Hunt in front of a bunch of SNCOs. It is hard for me to explain how great it was that GySgt Hunt was talking about me in front of other SNCOs. The busiest Marine on the entire base had noticed me and taken time out to say some nice words. I was honored by Kenneth E. Hunt, Jr. on that day and even before I learned of his passing had often cherished that day and considered it a highlight in my career. I will always appreciate and never forget his kindness, his example and his recognition. He will always be a Marines Marine, a hero! I pray for his family and offer my deepest condolences to all his loved ones."
GySgt Miguel Vazquez of Beaufort, SC/USA

"I had only know then Sgt hunt as one of my drill instructors at MCRD San Diego at the time I thought he was one of the meanest hardest men I had ever know, but once graduating and entering the fleet I realized what he had taught me and that HE HAD MADE ME A MARINE!!!! Semper Fi Marine"
Cpl. J. Thompson of Euclid, Oh

"In memory of a true "Fallen Hero", I want to extend my deepest sympathy to the Hunt family. I can only express my thoughts as I knew MSgt Hunt through my son's eyes who served under is direction while deployed to Iraq. I have visited this site several times since I first discovered it to read the remarks and comments of all the people whose lives have been touched by this incredable person. He will be missed greatly. In addition to all of the wonderful statements, I feel I have to add at least one more as to why I feel MSgt. Hunt should be considered a true "Fallen Hero". To the best of my knowledge I don't believe I have read anything prior regarding my following comment. As I have come to learn, MSgt. Hunt was an amazing person and lead by example. Which brings me to my comment, MSgt. Hunt must have loved his family and country so much that he would perfom an act that could only be considered the act of a true hero. While performing what might have been called "just doing their job", MSgt. Hunt lead his unit on another search for IED's to make the area safe. While we all know what happened on that tragic day, what some of you may not know is that Kenneth E. Hunt, Jr. just happened to give a Marine the night off and assumed the role as the would be gunner. His ability to step up and do what most would never have the nerve to do is the true definition to me of what a "Fallen Hero". May we remember this great American forever."
L Miller of Denver, CO

"Top,
It is now almost three years since I last saw you in that Texas hospital. As you and all can see I don't forget those who have impacted my life very easily. I think of you often. I am certain that your habit for assessing situations within and outside of the combat environment will serve to save many a Marine's life in future engagements to come. I look forward to when I get to heaven so I will pick up that old arguement we tossed about regarding the reasons why my going on a convoy with you was a good idea. Your strategic tenderness the was epitome of a true warrior; always caring for your Marines but never in such a way as to let them think that you wouldn't or couldn't kick their $*&&'s if they didn't do what they were told. I thank my God daily for you and the ethos you exemplified while I served with you. I can honestly say I have been in the company of not only a hero but a Marine through and through. Top! We're going to miss you!"
Chaplain Zac of Virginia Beach, VA USA

"Of all the Marines who I have worked with/for, MSgt Hunt will always have a fond place in my heart. I will always remember his sense of humor and ability to laugh at himself. If he heard that you could do an impression of him, he would call you into his office with a few other staff NCO's and make you do it. He would then smirk and tell you to go back to work. Right after he picked up MSgt I was getting ready to get out of the Marines and go onto my wrestling career. He looked at me and said, "Narramore, I hear you're getting into big time wrestling?" I said I was and he said with that infamous smirk, "Only you...good luck with that Devil Dog!" Between that and the few times he had to light me up for something stupid I was doing, I will always remember him as someone who put others before himself. I am lucky to say I worked for him. MSgt, Semper Fi and dont let anyone up there with you slack off on Field Day!"
Clint Narramore of Columbus, OH

"Of all the Marines who I have worked with/for, MSgt Hunt will always have a fond place in my heart. I will always remember his sense of humor and ability to laugh at himself. If he heard that you could do an impression of him, he would call you into his office with a few other staff NCO's and make you do it. He would then smirk and tell you to go back to work. Right after he picked up MSgt I was getting ready to get out of the Marines and go onto my wrestling career. He looked at me and said, "Narramore, I hear you're getting into big time wrestling?" I said I was and he said with that infamous smirk, "Only you...good luck with that Devil Dog!" Between that and the few times he had to light me up for something stupid I was doing, I will always remember him as someone who put others before himself. I am lucky to say I worked for him. MSgt, Semper Fi and dont lack anyone up there with you slack off on Field Day!"
Clint Narramore of Columbus, OH

"Msgt. Hunt, to a man who meant and means a great deal to many distingished men of the USMC, although I personally am a civilian, I have seen first hand the impact on the lives of men you have touched who have lived and served, and live on, be it God's will. You are, and will be revered as a man of prestige, honor, and loyalty by all who have had the privilege of knowing you. Semper Fidelis, ALWAYS FAITHFUL--- you are fallen but never forgotten. (inspired by then Sgt. Cory Vanderveer)"
civ. Daniel Vincent McElroy of Westmoreland, NY/USA

"Top~
It's been nearly two years since you passed and I continue to carry you in my heart. I have a picture of you in a folder where I carry the most important pieces of my life. I miss you more than anyone knows. My heart and prayers go out to your family.

I had the priviledge and the honor of working with you at H&HS, MCAS Yuma, AZ while you were the Training SNCOIC, right before you left on that last deployment. I did and still do look up to you as an outstanding leader and a fierce friend. I might have only been a Corporal, but you entrusted me with a great deal, and I came to learn who I really am. I am grateful for all that you taught me and all that you gave me as a person and a Marine. You were like a father to me. I will honor and cherish your name."
Sgt. Charity D. Hobson of San Diego, CA

"Top,

21 minutes, 12 seconds. 3rd place for the team, 19th overall. Semper Fi."
Sgt Aguilar of Palm Desert CA

"I had the honor of serving alongside MSgt Hunt (then Gunnery Sergeant) as one of his Corporals in 1998 at MAG-13 in Yuma AZ. GySgt Hunt was our Company Gunny, and he was a short, soft spoken man. Just because he wasn't loud, didn't mean that he couldn't be. He was damn good at what he did. He always looked through you, as if he knew what you were thinking before you thought it. He was one of my Corporal's Course instructors, and the one thing that I remembered him saying, was take care of your Marines. I didn't know it at the time, but that would be the most important lesson that i learned from him.

I lat moved from the 0411 MOS, to the 2146 field. On the first day of school at Ft. Knox, we as a nation were attacked. Less than three months later, I went from leading a MIMMS clerk to commanding a 70 ton M88A2 HERCULES tank retriever. I was the first American heavy armor to cross into southern Iraq in 2003. I now had two other Marines whose lives depended on me. I put them first, because with out them, I was nothing. I again went to the "suck" in 2005 as a 88 commander, and returned home to go to college. My parting shot to my platoon was this: I will do the best I can to get good grades. (I was a poor student in high school until the Corps straightend me out). I am now a 3.25 GPA student, and will probably return to active duty upon graduation from CSU Monterey.

MSgt, you died during my 1st semester in college. I am so sorry I missed your funeral- I can't believe you are gone now. Finding out years later only worsened the tears. I know that you finally got PCS orders to the Pearly Gates, and that you are finally in a better place. I have my first Cross Country race of the season tommorrow, and I am dedicating that little three mile run in your memory. I owe you that, Top. Semper Fi!

To the Hunt family, I owe you my life because of Ken's teachings. (760) 902-3469 if you ever need anything."
Sgt Samuel Aguilar III, 2146, USMC of Palm Desert CA 92260

"As a young, often clueless lieutenant, I was fortunate to have then SSgt Hunt as one of my senior NCOs. The Marines of HMG 1/1 may end up forgetting me as just another officer passing through but they will never forget Ken Hunt."
Frank "Gus" Biggio of Washington, D.C.

"I remember many years back as a young Corporal when I had MSgt (then GySgt) Hunt as my Corporals Course instructor at MCAS Yuma, AZ. MSgt Hunt was truly one of the finest role model Marines I have ever met. As professional as he was, I do recall one moment I made him laugh. During the Corporals Course, we have routing uniform inspections. GySgt Hunt was inspecting the line and when he turned to inspect me I greeted him "Good morning Gunny Hunt. Corporal Tepper MALS-13 ready for inspection" (or something like that...its been a while). Well, in formal inspections you do not call a Gunnery Sergeant a Gunny. GySgt Hunt then replied to me "No, its Gunnery Sergeant!" Well, GySgt Hunt wanted to emphasize the Sergeant in his rank so he kind of whispered the Gunnery part and was loud the word Sergeant. Ultimately I did not hear him say Gunnery and I thought he was calling me a Sergeant. When I replied "No Gunny, Im a Sergeant" he started to laugh, lost his bearing, and moved on to the next Marine to inspect. After inspection, as professional as he was, he apologized to me for "losing his bearing". I told him not to worry about it because it was funny (funnier at the time compared to the text of this write up). Ever since then, before I picked up Sergeant, GySgt Hunt would call me Sergeant Tepper in a jokingly manor, when no other Marines were around. Soon after Corporals Course I picked up Sergeant and I remember seeing GySgt Hunt at the PX and he said "Holy XXXX, now I can actualy call you Sergeant without making your head bigger". He also congradulated me and that was the last time I recall seeing him.

He was an amazing Marine displaying all the attributes a true Marine possesses. His leadership, sense of humor, and image will never leave my mind.

Rest In Peace MSgt. Semper Fi"
Sgt. Jeremy A. Tepper (USMC 1999-2004) of Yuma, AZ

"Then Sgt Hunt was one of my Drill Instructors for platoon 2085 which picked up September 1990. I'll never forget being up at Edson Range, and the platoon was still not coming together. He thrashed us in the pit then made us get in the racks between the sheets, boots, dirt and all. He threw down his smokey and duty belt and left the squad bay with a bucket. He returned with the bucket full of sand and dumped it on the deck. After going on a rant about us being pigs so we should live like them, he went into the duty hut and slammed the door. I don't know exactly how it happened or why, but at that very moment our platoon became a team. We all jumped out of our racks, did a quick field day of the dirt dumped in the squad bay, picked up his duty belt and cover, all without saying a word to each other. Then still not speaking and all in unison, we slammed our hands three times on the duty hut and announced that Platoon 2085 was ready to train. It was one of the most memorable experiences in recruit trainging. He had all of our respect.

After graduating in November, I thought I had seen Sgt Hunt for the last time. I was wrong. After Admin School, I was assinged to the personnel office at 1/1. Who comes walking into the office to check in to the command about a year after I arrived, but Sgt Hunt. It was an honor to serve in the same command with him. I had not seen him after I had transferred, but he always would be remembered.

I am so sorry for your loss. MSgt Hunt will not be forgotten. Your family is in my prayers."
SSgt Dan Czech of Camp Pendleton, CA

"Dear Cuz Kenny, We will never forget you and have faith that our God Jehova will keep you in his memory and soon will bring you back to see a world with no war but only peace We will see each other again soon IN OUR HEARTS TILL THEN Love you Cuz"
John Perez of Orange California USA

"Top,
I, too, am sorry that I missed your funeral. I am, however, happy that my last memory of you was before the attack when you were as strong as an ox. Honestly, the first time we met I wasn't sure how you were going to receive a young 2ndLt Platoon Commander. I remember a seemingly gruff man with the breasts of your tattoo hanging out of the bottom of your sleeve. But you proved me wrong. Your keen insight, tactical wisedom, and vast skills as an instructor taught not only the junior Marines, but also us leaders. I also appreciated the way you would talk tactics and strategy with me before the convoys, and listened to what I thought and together we came up with plans that worked. I felt comfortable with you in the vehicle in front of me. You made everyone comfortable and confidant. In a million years, I did not think that we would have lost you of all people. I have a feeling that if you had the choice if it were to be you or one of the other guys, you would have volunteered for this duty as well. I miss you, I miss the funny things you came up with, and how much of a hard time you gave Lt Summers. I thought it was hilarious. I am very proud to have served with you, and was a better Marine Officer, and person for having done so. Everyone's life changed the day you left us. Rest in Peace friend, and Semper Fidelis."
1stLt Sean M Glenn of Out of the Corps living in Denver, Colorado

"MSGT,
I would first like to say I am sorry that I was unable to attend your funeral. I couldn't let you see me like i was. I was destroyed in side. Just the fact of seeing you like you were when you left me to go to germany was stuck in my head for the longest time. Just that day going over and over in my head is so hard to get out. Going over what i could have done different that would have kept you with your two families, your wife and daughter and the beloved marine core. But i just keep telling my self i did everything possable. You were joking and laughing with me after we hit the mine, so i thought you were going to be ok. i remember laughing at you cause you didnt were underwear that day, while i was cutting your pants off. Telling you i would leave a Indian skirt on you, so all your man hood was not out in the open. man i still cry when i see anything that has to do with another fallen marine, or sailor. I remember the first time i met you we were at a gun shoot and i was shoot the 240G and you wanted to know who was shooting that weapon that good. And you almost crapped your pants when you found out it was a doc shooting it. From then on you knew you would never have to worry about me. man Msgt i feel like i failed you. I should have been there for you in texas.
To Mrs Hunt,
I am sorry for your loss. I did everything i could to help Msgt. I am sorry I failed you in bring him home safe. Msgt will always be in my mind, and my heart."
HM2 (FMF) Montejano, Bernabe C. of Naval Hospital Corpus Christi, Texas

"I just found out about "The Hunter"s death this week, almost 2 years after it happenned. I came to SSGT Hunt's Heavy Guns platoon in February 1995 as a boot Marine PFC. He was my platoon Sergeant, along with Gunny Burnham for almost 2 years. Being that I was a young knucklehead, SSGT Hunt was a constant factor in turning me into what the Corps wanted me to be. He put forth a valiant effort and I would like to think I would have made him proud by the time I figured out what it means to be a Marine. I wish I had found out sooner, but I am glad to now know that the Gates are Guarded by one of the best Marines to ever walk this earth.
Semper Fi"
Jeremy Stewart (Formerly SGT Stewart, USMC 1994-1998) of Woodlawn, Tennessee

"To the family of:Kenneth E. Hunt,Jr. 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"

"My Dear friend...I remember when you told me you were joining the Marines after our high school graduation. I drove you to the bus stop, through the years you have contacted me, there are so many things I have wanted to share with you and so much I have shared with you. You are my brother, best friend, I will not say goodbye, but see you later. You are a great father, great person, great friend, great Marine.....I will miss our conversations."
James Bailey II of Tucson, AZ

"I asked everyone to pray for his family and help them in every way you can.
Kenneth was a marine’s marine. He was hard on everyone but he was fair. When you did well, he would pat you on the back and say's good job. When you violate the UCMJ he tells you what you did wrong and educates you on how not to make the same mistake twice. Kenneth never held a grudge against anyone. He always try to say hello to every marine he would walk past. I think Kenneth biggest regret when he was alive was that he could not give a lending hand to every marine when they were in need of help. I worked under then Gysgt for approximately 14 months. So far he was the best supervisor I have ever worked for. When I first met Kenneth, boy did he look mean and unfriendly. Many things came to mine when I first met him. But within the first 10 minutes he had me laughing. Yes he did have a poor sense of humor, but he was fun to be around. He was a good marine and a good friend. I will miss you always Msgt Hunt. You died doing what you love most. Your job and love for this country. Semper Fi"
Wayne Lord of Seaside Ca

"This message is to the family of Kenny Hunt. I never got to meet you but I went to school in Tucson at Santa Rita High with Kenny. Me, Kenny and one of his best friends, James Bailey II, used to play basketball nearly every day and he used to tease me good heartedly about how much I loved the Los Angeles Lakers. I graduated in 1984, a year after he and James left and I never heard about or from him until last October. My heart goes out to the family and I am deeply saddened to hear of this tragic loss. If there is anything I can do for you, please feel free to call me anytime @ (520) 808-3326."
Gabe R. Molina of Tucson, AZ. U.S.A.

"Ken,
I think of you all the time and miss you dearly. Your injuries, and later, death were too much for my husband, your close friend and fellow marine to deal with. We both loved and admired you as a friend and a marine. Our hearts are constantly breaking for Maria, Kenny, Kimberly, Maria's parent's and your parents. However, in our pain, we know that you are still around all of us. You may have died, but our love for you will never die. Thank you Ken, for being an exceptional marine, but more so for being an amazing friend and family man.
You will be alive and respected forever in our hearts and our souls."
Fiona Behan of Phoenix, AZ

"MSgt Hunt was the epidemy of a Marine. I was seriously scared of him. He looked like he was going to kick your * everytime he looked at you. I had the pleasure of working with him on many projects i.e. color guard, mess night, and as a participant in a meritorious Corporal board. Two stories jump out in my mind about this Devil Dog. The first was when i came back from Japan. I joinned a flag football team and we had a scrimmage. Anyway we ended up fighting them (i cant get into trouble for this right? haha) So I won buuuuut that guy got me pretty good in the eye. GySgt Hunt saw me the next day and asked me "What the hell happend to eye Monzon?" haha. i told him a football hit me and he just shook his head in disbelief and walked away. That look was priceless.
The second story was when MCAS Yuma was shipping Marines out to Iraq in 2003. As a young Sgt and a good leader (I thought) I took it upon myself to throw my Marines a little going away party. Granted the party went to 3am on a Tuesday but I was the Barraks Sgt so I had the liberty to do what I felt was right. So the next morning I get a call at CPAC from GySgt Hunt. I report to his office and he begins to tear me a new one. "why the hell are you throwing a party at 3am Monzon? These Marines are supposed to get ready for deployment not drinking beers!!!" I looked at him dead in the eyes and I told him that I didnt know if I would ever see them again once they left. He looked at me with a face of understanding I had never seen before. and then he said "GET THE HELL OUT OF MY OFFICE NOW!!!"
MSgt Hunt was and always will be the person I think about when I think "Marine." He will be missed.

SEMPER FI
MOTIVATED SGT JUAN MONZONRUIZ
CPAC MAG-13
MCAS YUMA, AZ
(99-03)
HOMETOWN ANAHEIM, CA"

"MSgt,
You made a significant difference in my life, my Marine Corps experience, and my view of leadership. A daily ritual of mine was to go out to the smoke pit with a cup of coffee in the morning and say, "Morn'n Gunny" as you walked by on your way to the S4. The goal was to see what flavor of gunt/oorah you would give.
Thank you and may God bless your family"
Paul Creech, Sgt, USMCR of Logan, Utah

"I LOVED YOU LIKE A FATHER. YOU SHOWED MYSELF AND CPL DE LA MORA THE MOST RESPECT YOU WHERE ABLE TO. CPL DE LA MORA IS TAKEING THIS VARY HARD. I WILL MISS YOU VARY MUCH. THANK YOU FOR CHANGEING MY LIFE."
PFC BALL of YUMA AZ USA

"my name is Cassidy and i am a volunteer for the Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run. We are a group of people that have built a memorial wall in Marsielles Illinois for all the fallen soldiers in Mideast conflicts since Beriut. Your loved one's name will be permenently added to this wall. For any further information visit our website www.ilfreedomrun.org please e-mail me at me1196@aol.com to let me know that you have recived this message. If you decide to come to this memorial on June 19th, 2006, you will recieve VIP seating and treatment for the cermonies that day. ALL OUR WELCOMING TO HONOR OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS
**Cassidy"
Cassidy of Brookfield/ILL/red,white,blue

"I want to express my deepest sympathy to the family of MSGT Hunt, a true hero. I served with him in 1stBN 1stMar. We deployed to Kuwait together, he was in Weapons and I was in Charlie co. After that we went on to teach at Hotel co, MCT. I was then a CPL and he was a SSGT. He was one of my main influences on leadership, he told me, "never make your Marines guess how you feel, if your happy with them let them know but if your not fire them up." He was always a great guy to be around, I know every Marine that ever came into contact with him will rememeber it. Especially the privates that would fall asleep in the fighting positions. We would find them as we walked the defensive lines late at night. His thing was to pull out a tarantula that he carried around in his cover, and I would find a gover snake and the sleeping privates woke up quickly! CPT Manber had it right, MSGT Hunt hated running, but he could road march like a machine. I used to enjoy watching him take off like a mad man going up and down the hills around the shelf and out to the ranges, he could wear out all of us. But it wasn't all about messing with Marines, he genuinely cared about every one of them. He would sit them all down and talk about anything and everything to help them ease their minds or to motivate the hell out of them. He was terrific at that stuff, after a talk with him, even the most depressed Marine would want to stand up and start singing the Marines Hymn!
On our off time we would all seem to congrigate and have garage parties. MSGT Hunt would have his guitar, playing along with Kamai and the other guys, and Famaligi would be on the drums. Those festivities would go all night long, usually to be replayed at someone elses house the next night. That was what was always great, we would just all kind of meet up at someones house pretty much unplanned, and do the BBQ and BSing all over again.
I think one of the greatest times I ever had with MSGT Hunt was on my wedding day. He organized and led the sword detail for me. We had a picture taken that drew everyones attention, with all of us standing there in our blues and it was taken in black and white. The picture turned out looking like one from the old days, like it should say circa 1942 on it. Once the school SGTMAJ saw it he asked for a copy to go into the main war room at the school. I dont know if you still has a copy of the picture, but I would like to send one to the family if you do not.
The way I learned about this terrible loss was via a web page listing all the people we have lost over the years. I felt like I had been kicked in the stomach when I saw it. I can only imagine the pain you felt. It is hard enough losing a friend. In hearing how it happened it does not surprise me one bit that he was in the gun truck and had pulled someone out to do it.
The worst part of it for me is I recently returned from Iraq, and did not even realize that he was just basically down the road from my location. I would have definately loved to have linked up with him one last time. It would have been awesome. I want to close by saying that this is a huge loss to our Corps and our Country. I am very proud to have served with your husband, father, and son. He was simply an outstanding Marine, in every aspect and he made all those around him better as well. He will never be forgotten, Semper Fi!
You can email me at jpreister2111@yahoo.com"
SSGT Jeremy Preister of Nebraska

"I want to express my deepest sympathy to the family of MSGT Hunt, a true hero. I served with him in 1stBN 1stMar. We deployed to Kuwait together, he was in Weapons and I was in Charlie co. After that we went on to teach at Hotel co, MCT. I was then a CPL and he was a SSGT. He was one of my main influences on leadership, he told me, "never make your Marines guess how you feel, if your happy with them let them know but if your not fire them up." He was always a great guy to be around, I know every Marine that ever came into contact with him will rememeber it. Especially the privates that would fall asleep in the fighting positions. We would find them as we walked the defensive lines late at night. His thing was to pull out a tarantula that he carried around in his cover, and I would find a gover snake and the sleeping privates woke up quickly! CPT Manber had it right, MSGT Hunt hated running, but he could road march like a machine. I used to enjoy watching him take off like a mad man going up and down the hills around the shelf and out to the ranges, he could wear out all of us. But it wasn't all about messing with Marines, he genuinely cared about every one of them. He would sit them all down and talk about anything and everything to help them ease their minds or to motivate the hell out of them. He was terrific at that stuff, after a talk with him, even the most depressed Marine would want to stand up and start singing the Marines Hymn!
On our off time we would all seem to congrigate and have garage parties. MSGT Hunt would have his guitar, playing along with Kamai and the other guys, and Famaligi would be on the drums. Those festivities would go all night long, usually to be replayed at someone elses house the next night. That was what was always great, we would just all kind of meet up at someones house pretty much unplanned, and do the BBQ and BSing all over again.
I think one of the greatest times I ever had with MSGT Hunt was on my wedding day. He organized and led the sword detail for me. We had a picture taken that drew everyones attention, with all of us standing there in our blues and it was taken in black and white. The picture turned out looking like one from the old days, like it should say circa 1942 on it. Once the school SGTMAJ saw it he asked for a copy to go into the main war room at the school. I dont know if you still has a copy of the picture, but I would like to send one to the family if you do not.
The way I learned about this terrible loss was via a web page listing all the people we have lost over the years. I felt like I had been kicked in the stomach when I saw it. I can only imagine the pain you felt. It is hard enough losing a friend. In hearing how it happened it does not surprise me one bit that he was in the gun truck and had pulled someone out to do it.
The worst part of it for me is I recently returned from Iraq, and did not even realize that he was just basically down the road from my location. I would have definately loved to have linked up with him one last time. It would have been awesome. I want to close by saying that this is a huge loss to our Corps and our Country. I am very proud to have served with your husband, father, and son. He was simply an outstanding Marine, in every aspect and he made all those around him better as well. He will never be forgotten, Semper Fi!"
SSGT Jeremy Preister of Nebraska

"I would like to express to the Hunt family my sorrow for their loss. I was honored to have been MSgt Hunt's Company Commander when we were assigned to SOI, MCT Bn, Co H. He was an exceptional Marine and I was always able to count on him to take care of the Marines and get the mission accomplished. I have fond memories of taking the staff on a long run and how mad he was at me after the run. I can remember him just shaking his head at me and saying "Sir", I really didn't enjoy that. I also remember the MSgt and GySgt Edwards messing with his broken dowm Camero every off moment they had. He used to make me laugh when he and his Plt Staff would be sitting around on the alpha shelf in between traing events and they would be making tarantulas fight in ammo cans. He was a pleasure to work with and was nothing less than a professional. He was a strong and capable leader and any Marine or sailor who had the opportunity to learn from him is better off for it today. He was dedicated to the USMC and loved his family dearly.

Please call if you ever need any assistance: (310) 505-9800

Fair Winds and Following Seas MSgt."
Steven P. Manber, Major, USMCR of Irvine, CA

"Thanks Marine. I mourn your loss but I feel confident that the job will get done by your brother Marines. Rest in peace buddy."
James of California

"Ken,
It would embarrass you to hear me say these words, because you were such a humble, selfless man. But everyone should know that MSgt Kenneth Hunt was the epitome of the very word “Marine,” and the embodiment of our core values – Honor, Courage, and Commitment – to the very end. There will be others who come after you, but they can never replace you. We could not have asked for, or received a better Marine to train and deploy our unit to Iraq. I could not have been blessed with a better friend and confidant. You were my sounding board, my conscience, my right hand man, my “go to” guy whether the going was easy or especially when it was tough. I could always count on you. I miss you every day, and there is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of you. We will see each other again my friend, and I will embrace that moment.
For Ken’s family,
Words fail to capture the loss, the sorrow, the heartache that I know you live with every day. But you must know that Ken made a difference. He made a difference in the life of everyone who ever knew him, and he made our unit successful in combat. He loved his country, he loved being a Marine, and he loved you all so very much. He never let a day go by that he didn’t think of you all, and miss you all. Although he is gone from this world, he is still with you, watching over you, and no one can ever take that away. Thank God for men like Master Sergeant Kenneth Hunt. May God bless you all."
SgtMaj Steve Garcia of MCAS Yuma, AZ

"God Bless Marines like MSgt Hunt. I had the distinct opportunity of being trained by MSgt Hunt during Cpls course at MCAS Yuma AZ. He stands out in my mind as one of the most motivated and squared away Marines that I ever met. He demanded respect and respect was easily given to him. The Marine Corps lost a great leader and it will be hard to fill the void that he has left behind. He was a Marine's Marine; someone who you felt rest assured that he was on your side and man who will not be forgotten. They only make a few men like MSgt Hunt and the Marine Corps is a better place for having such a spectacular person in it's ranks. I wish his family the best in this difficult time and thank god that I had the opportunity to met such a great Marine. Semper Fi.
Corey Schuster

Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we've fought for life
And never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.
Corey Schuster (St Louis, MO )"
Corey Schuster of St Louis, MO

"MSgt Hunt is a incredible Father, great friend, influential man, and ultimate Marine. Ken and I spent many hours together as Marines and as friends. I will always treasure the guidance and counsel you've given me. I will miss the liberty and laughs (yes there were laughs). I expect to hear your voice in my conscience as I stray off the path. Those Marines you took the time to lead (too many to even fathom), will forever remember you firmness, fairness and most suprisingly to them your compassion. Your legacy will live on far longer than you could even imagine. Maria, Kenny, Kimberly, remember that in death, life springs eternal. Ken will always be with us now and every time you hear that voice of reason, rest assure Ken is talking. We will miss you Ken but we will never forget you. You are a true and great friend and I will surely miss you."
GySgt Mark Behan (Ret) of Phoenix, Az

"I knew MSgt Hunt as GySgt Hunt at PSD, MAG-13, 3D MAW, Yuma AZ. Msgt Hunt was a good man. I would go to office to talk and he would always listen and offer me advice if I needed it. I was one of the few junior Marines fortunate enough to have the opportunity to get to know him through his gruff exterior. He'll be missed terribly. Thank you, MSgt Hunt for your bravery and for the things you taught me and the kindness you showed me."
Sarah Lane (former Cpl, USMC) of Edwards, CA

"Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Kenneth is a true American hero and will never be forgotten for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to us and our country. Our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you during this difficult time."
Tammy McClain--azquail6@msn.com of Tucson, Az.

"I Checked into 1/1 in Dec 1992, and was assigned to the HMG Platoon in 1/1. MSgt Hunt (then Sgt Hunt) was one of my squad leaders. He truly was the model Marine in every way imaginable. MSgt Hunt and I have stayed in touch over the years. His last e-mail to me was from Iraq a few months back. His Marines were lucky to have drawn a leader like him in combat. We were all lucky to serve with him, learn from him, and have a positive model of such significance. Rarely in life do we have the opportunity to serve with someone of such competence, loyalty, and sense of service. He is the type of guy every man wants his son to grow up to be like. You will be missed my friend. Semper Fidelis, and may you rest peacefully knowing you made a difference in so many people's lives."
Maj Mark Horowitz of Norfolk, VA

"I knew Msgt. Hunt as Drill Instructor Sgt. Hunt Plt. 2003 MCRD San Diego. While I was just one of hundreds of recruits in his care and he surely would not remember me, I will never forget him for what he taught me about being a Marine, and for his service and sacrifice. Semper Fi, Msgt. Hunt."
Jamie Huff of Columbia, MO

"To the family and friends of Master Sgt. Kenneth E. Hunt, Jr.,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. If you're not certain that your loved one's next of kin is registered to receive a quilt, please use our link and register so we can send our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts "
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"Rest in Peace Tufelhunden...
J and T Taylor USMC
Sister of a Fallen Marine"

"I served with Kenneth in HMG Plt in 94-96. Ken spend endless hours teaching me the 50 cal Machinegun as I was a TOW Marine when I got to 1/1 HMG Weapons Plt. His friendship made the 6 months on ship (WestPac) go by quick.
You will be missed. Semper Fi, MSgt."
Jeff Burnham MSgt ret of Las Vegas , NV

"I served with MSgt Hunt when he was a Staff Sgt. with 1/1 HMG Plt. 95-96. It is with great pride that I can say I served with such a selfless and honorable individual. MSgt. Hunt seemed to perfectly balance the importance of mission accomplishment and troop welfare, which is by no means a common occurance in the Marine Corps. His loss is an terrible tragedy and my heart felt condolences go out to his family in their most trying of times. Good luck and God speed MSgt. Hunt, enjoy your time in heaven because we all know you served your time in hell."
Scott Tisdale of Hiram, GA/USA

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Kenneth will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless you ALWAYS.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To the Hunt Family,

My family extends our heartfelt sorrow for the loss of your beloved KENNETH. He served us with Honor and Pride and we are very grateful to him and to you.

No words can ease your pain, but please know, we celebrate KENNETH's life with you and will Never Forget the sacrifice he made for our great country.

May God Bless You and help you through this difficult time.

From a grateful American family,"
Craig & Sharon Erwin of Oregon, United States of America

"TO THE HUNT FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. DEEPLY SADDEN BY THE NEWS! KENNETH THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY; AND FOR BEING A MILITARY BROTHER TO OUR SON. UNFORTUNATELY, BROTHERS THAT NEVER NEW ONE ANOTHER. YET, ALWAYS WATCHING OVER ONE ANOTHER! KENNETH YOU REALLY ARE AN AMAZING PERSON, FAMILY MAN AND SOLDIER. CONSIDERING THE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. AN YOU ANSWER THE CALLING TO SERVICE YOUR COUNTRY SPEAK VOLUME'S. UNSELFISHLY RISKING EVERYTHING FOR EVERYONE. YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN YOUR LIFE IN VAIN KENNETH! YOU ARE A HERO! YOU ARE SOMEONE'S SOMEONE, AND YOU ARE SOMEONE TO OUR FAMILY. WE UNDERSTAND THE HURT TO LOSING A SON AND SOLDIER. LAST YEAR WE LOST OUR SON GREGORY IN BALAD,IRAQ 2004. MEN LIKE YOU KENNETH MADE IT EASIER ON OUR FAMILY NOT TO WORRY. I SALUTE YOU FOR THAT AND SERVING OUR COUNTRY. GOD BLESS! TO YOUR FAMILY REACH OUT TO YOUR COMMUNITY TODAY. REQUEST A STREET BE NAMED IN KENNETH'S HONOR. IT IS THE VERY LEAST YOUR COMMUNITY CAN DO FOR KENNETH! SO NO ONE EVER FORGETS HIS SERVICE TO HIS COMMUNITY, COUNTY, STATE, AND COUNTRY. WE AS FALLEN FAMILIES MUST CONTINUE TO SUPPORT OUR SOLDIERS AND OUR FALLEN SOLDIER. SO NO ONE EVER FORGETS THEM!"
leonard t. wahl of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Thank you Kenneth Hunt, Jr., 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 Master Sgt. Kenneth Hunt, Jr.:
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 Master Sgt. Kenneth Hunt, Jr.:
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