Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Kenneth A. Jenkins

25, of Fouke, Arkansas.
Jenkins died in Balad, Iraq of injuries sustained when he came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire during combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq. Jenkins was assigned to the Army's 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on August 12, 2006.

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"My name is SFC Jackie A. Stewart (ret.). I was Kenneth's Platoon Sergeant when we were first deployed to IRAQ in April of 2003. My prayers will always be with the Jenkins family.

Sincerely,
Jackie A. Stewart
US Army (ret.)"
Jackie A. Stewart of Parrottsville, Tennessee

"My name is SFC Sanchez, German, I met Kenny when we were station in Ft Hood, 1-22INF we became best friends in no time, he was an awesome person, a great friend and one of the best NCO I had the pleasure to serve with. We deployed to Iraq in 2003 and lucky me we end up being in the same platoon, and every time we went out on mission I new that he was watching my back as I was watching his, before we left for Iraq his wife made me promise to keep him safe and thanks to GOD I was able to do that. Kenny I still remember the last time I saw you when you went to Ft Benning for BNOC, we got to hang out one last time, I am glad we did my brother. To his wife and his family I am sorry that I could not been there to watch his back, there is no day that goes by that I think about you my brother GOD BLESS YOU and YOUR FAMILY and I hope to see you again."
SFC Sanchez German of ARL, Adelphi MD

"I knew Kenny personally because he was married to one of my best friends. I was a bridesmaid at his wedding in 2004 and I was also at his funeral/memorial service in 2006. Kenny was an amazing person and an amazing soldier. I will always remember his LOVE FOR FORD MUSTANGS! I am honored to have known him and his wonderful family. I think of him often and I will always be grateful for his service and for his ultimate sacrifice fighting for OUR freedom. Thank you Kenny! We will see you again some day! Thank you for being a HERO!"
Stephanie Rivas of Harker Heights Texas

"We think of Kenny every time we look at our son, Kenneth Phillip Hebert!
We would love to have an address or number to send to Kenny's parents and step parents and siblings..."
Tina and Nathan Hebert of Baton Rouge, La

"R.I.P. Kenny, love ya brother and miss you. Not a day goes by. Best of friends. Gonna race mustangs in heaven someday and beat that junk you had lol."
Jason M. Henley of Mentor, ohio

"I can only hope that Kennys family reads this. It has been 8 yrs now and I have never spoke a word. Ken and I were best friends and my heart has been broken for quite some time. I don't speak about what happened but know the truth. Kenneth Andrew Jenkins was and will always be the best friend I have ever had. If the family would like to contact me its Jason_henley77@yahoo.com Ken was the best man and friend I ever knew. I have read online about him for 8 yrs now and never said a word. I would like to share my story. Please contact me. Thank you This is not a joke. Ken and I were best friends and anyone would tell you that. Please email me at Jason_henley77@yahoo.com"
Jason M. Henley of Mentor, ohio

"So sorry for your loss. I did not know your son Kenneth, but I for one will not cheapen his sacrifice or that of others by taking our freedom for granted that they have paid so dearly for and their families as well. I pray that your family finds peace through this all..."
Marcel J. Knott of Breaux Bridge, La.

"I served with Ken in A co 3/67 and it was a honor to have served with him. He was a great man and is under the Lords watch right now. Not a day goes by I do not think of him. At the time I was just getting to know Ken more and more. It was truly an honor to serve with him and be able to call him a friend."
Travis Jantz of San Antonio, Texas

"To the family of:Kenneth A. Jenkins
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""

"Kenny was the definition of a soldier...if you looked it up in the dictionary you would see his face! He loved being a soldier and he served our country with pride, Kenny gave the ultimate sacrafice and for that we thank him. He was also a wonderful friend to me. It is because of him that I found who I really was! I think of him often and I know he is watching over all of us. To all of his family and friends,even after 5 years this Soldier is still protecting our country! Rest in Peace my friend! We all love and miss you Kenny, All gave some, and some gave all!"
ERICA of Kentucky

"Kenny was a great soldier--and when I knew him, a great kid. I was stationed with him in Baumholder in 2000/1. I remember that even in his personal life, he was extremely disciplined--his appearance, his clean room, organizing his DVDs and games--and this translated to his superior military performance. Even at 19, he was confident and competent. In spite of our difference in station (I was second in command of his company), he had a great influence on me. I wanted to be a better leader, to be worthy of leading someone of his caliber. He was the kind of person that makes everyone around him better.

It's five years later that I'm learning of his death. Ironically, I was in Iraq, and not too far away from him, when he died. In spite of my sadness to learn of this news, I'm proud to know that he had made SSG; I'm certain he was the best squad leader in his battalion.

God bless him and his family. I'm truly sorry for your loss."
John Volkmar of Boulder, Colorado, United States of America

"I knew Kenneth thru a family marriage. Wouldn't say I knew him personally, but what little time I was around Kenneth was enough for me to define his character. Kenneth was a great, caring, brave man. He is greatly missed and appreciated by all of us, and the Kenneth Jenkins Expressway named in his memorial gives me chills every time I'm in his hometown. Best of wishes to all of his family, I know your loss is awful. Just wanted to let people know that he is still remembered for his bravery this many years later."
Chelsea W. of Genoa, AR

"I would like to thank everyone who sent a message about my son Kenneth> He is deeply missed by me every day, he was and still is a very special part of my life. I miss my son very much. Thanks Again"
James Jenkins of New Iberia, La.

"Kenny was one of the best friends I have ever known I have three pictures of him in my living room I miss him and think of him everyday I will see him one day. Whenever my day comes."
ssg jason jackson of indanapolis indiana

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Almost 2,150 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
This is a gift! We have wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and want you know that everyone here at Project Compassion does and will always CARE.
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna
Projectcompassion@manti.com
www.heropaintings.com"
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"I served in the same battallion as SSG Jenkins, I was a mechanic attached directly to his company, Im sitting in iraq, a contractor now, and i was remembering all those who i know, that were lost over here... and i remembered SSG Jenkins. He was one of the most "squared away" reliable NCO's alpha company had, he didnt take crap from anyone, and he knew his job to a T! My deepest condolences to the family.. rest in peace brother.."
Jared Jackson, chevyjared53@yahoo.com of Balad, Iraq - Kilgore Texas

"Its been awhile since my ol buddy went to the promise land. I am Major Jason Deel, Kenny and I were best buddies, we done everything together. I still miss him dearly, and think of him all the time. RIP ol buddy."
Jason Deel of Knoxville, TN

"I am KENNETH'S sister. I just want to thank everyone for honoring my fallen brother. It means alot.He will NEVER be forgotten in my thoughts. Everyday."
Stephanie Jenkins of Fouke, AR

"Dear Family of SSGT Kenny Jenkins

My husband, SSGT Bryce M. Syverson, served with him in Baumholder, Germany and he just found out today what happened. He is deeply sadned and can't stop thinking about all the memories he shared with him. Kenny was a great friend, wonderful person and dedicated soldier. Please know that he will always be in our hearts and prayers.
Our Condolensces and God bless,
Michaela Syverson
December, 2009"
Michaela and Bryce Syverson of Lawton, OK

"He replaced me at our checkpoint, I remember the last time I saw him before I heard the news that he was hit and on a bird leaving to the green zone."
Philips of Dallas TX

"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

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Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Mrs Jenkins my name is SFC Richard Peebles i served with Kenny in OIF 1 with 1-22 infantry. Kenny was my best friend and I loved him dearly. There is not a day that doesn't go by that i don't miss or think about him. We used to go fishing together with CPT Deel another friend of his. I promise you that every time I go to Killeen I have to stop by and say hello. It gets me all choked up when I think of him. My condolences to you and your family mam."
Richard Peebles of wahiawa, Hawaii usa

"I AM KENNETH JENKINS MOM, I THANK EVERYONE WHO LOVES AND HONORS MY SON! HE IS IN MY THOUGHTS MANY,MANY TIMES DAY AND NIGHT. I MISS HIM SO MUCH."
THERESA JENKINS of FOUKE,ARKANSAS

"I am Staff Sgt. Kenneth A. Jenkins cousin. We shared a special bond, we shared a birthday (October 21). Every year before I make my wish on my candles I am sure to wish him a Happy Birthday as well. I will never forget him, and hope to follow his example of unparalleled patriotism. I love You Kenneth!!"
Jesika Gillin - 17 of Porter Tx.

"I am Staff Sgt. Kenneth A. Jenkins cousin. We shared a special bond, we shared a birthday(October 21). Every year before I make my wish on my candles I am sure to wish him a Happy Birthday as well. I will never forget him, and hope to follow his example of unparalleled patriotism. I love You Kenneth!!"
Jesika Gillin - 17 of Porter Tx.

"September 4 2008
Hi my name is Sra Stuart Elliott USAF I have a close friend who knew Jenkins personally. I dont know you Jenkins but your actions have stuck in my friend Brians head of you. I knew him then but wasnt in the army with him. I am pround that he had someone watching his back just as he had yours. Thank you for your sacrafice. Anyone who impacts Brians life that much will always have my respect so here I salute you.

I will not Falter
I will not Fail
I will not Flee
I will not Forget.

We will never leave anyone behind in body or memory your soul lives on in all of us."
Madshifter of Brandon, MS

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Kenneth A. Jenkins:
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

"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.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!
"

"Kenneth,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just in OIF, but also for your service in Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Gitmo as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"Thank you Kenneth Jenkins, 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 Jenkins:
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 Jenkins:
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