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Citadel News Service

For Release
May 6, 2004

Class of '93 grad dies in Iraq

           U.S. Army Capt. Christopher James Kenny, '93, of Miami, Fla., died May 3 in Iraq.         

Christopher James Kenny in his 1993 yearbook photo.

Funeral mass is at 11:30 a.m. May 26 at St. Charles Church in Arlington, Va., followed by graveside services at 1 p.m. Arlington National Cemetery.

           Kenny was among four soldiers from the U.S. Army's First Infantry Division who died in a Humvee accident near Khalis, north of Baghdad, according to news reports from the Associated Press. Kenny was on his second tour in Iraq. He served for eight months in 2003 and was deployed again in February.

          Kenny was a member of Lima Company. He graduated in 1993 with a degree in History. After graduating he worked various jobs before joining the Army.

           The son of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Kenny of Meritt Island, Fla., he is also survived by his wife, Mitzi who resides in Germany where she and Kenny were stationed before his deployment.

          Kenny, 32, is the fifth Citadel graduate to die while serving in
the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The others are:

  • Charles Henry Buehring, 40, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, died Oct. 26, 2003. He was a 1985 graduate.
  • Lt. Peter Ober, 27, a member of the Class of 1998 and a Navy helicopter pilot, died July 16th.
  • Marine Capt. Benjamin Sammis, 29, of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, died April 5. A Cobra helicopter pilot, he graduated in 1996.
  • Marine 1st Lt. Therrel Shane Childers, a member of The Citadel Class of 2001, died in combat on March 21st in Iraq. He was 30 and reportedly the first American casualty of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Childers attended The Citadel as an active duty Marine, attending classes as a day student in the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program.





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