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James C. Kesinger

James C. Kesinger

Died: December 13, 2005

Rank: Specialist

Unit: 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division

Branch: U.S. Army

Specialist James C. Kesinger was killed on December 13, 2005, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee in Taji, Iraq, while he was conducting combat operations. Kesinger was 32 years old and on his second tour in Iraq in sup­port of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division out of Fort Riley, Kansas. During his memorial service, Kesinger’s father, Cliff, who served in the Vietnam War, saluted not only his son but all servicemen: “You are all my heroes.” He was laid to rest in Memory Gardens in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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