|Birth: ||Oct. 26, 1979|
|Death: ||May 14, 2010|
New York, USA
Kevin was in NYC for the Wounded Warrior Courage Awards, of which, he was a recipient. He was found in his hotel room.
It was later determined he died of an enlarged heart. He had been wounded in Iraq. Kevin was a great guy and loved working with the Iraqi people and especially the children. The world was a better place with him in it.
His bio from Wounded Warriors.
Army Reserves. 253rd Transportation Company.
They want the regular Kevin to come back, but war changes you... you can provide this new Kevin, but that's the best you can do. - Kevin Keith
May 3, 2004
Kevin Keith grew up with six siblings. After high school in 2003, he enlisted in the Army Reserves and deployed to Tikrit, Iraq, from February 2004 to March 2005. His unit spent most days on the road conducting convoys. Kevin was a .50 caliber gunner, providing security in either the front or rear vehicle of the convoy.
In his words, they "got hit all the time." The job of the gunner is a heavy responsibility. As Kevin says, the gunner is "in charge of the convoy and the lives of everybody in it." When he was riding in the lead of the convoy, he "took no chances."
On a routine convoy, Kevin was the rear gunner when an IED was remotely detonated as his vehicle passed. The fragmentation missed him, but the concussion of the round blasted Kevin into the armor plating on the vehicle, resulting in head and back injuries.
After the relentless stress of convoy after convoy, Kevin had a tough time when he came home. He watched a documentary about a Warrior named Jeremy Feldbusch. Jeremy lost his sight, but could still hunt with the help of his dad. Kevin was inspired, so he signed up for "Project Odyssey" with Wounded Warrior Project (WWP)
Kevin was my online friend. I "met" him several years ago when he was deployed and I sent him care packages for the Iraqi children. Kevin was one of the greatest guys I have ever known. I feel truly blessed to have known him. I can only imagine all the other good things he would have done in his life, if he hadn't been taken from us much too soon. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about him.
Special thanks to Bettie for sponsoring Kevin's memorial.
Westminster Memorial Park
Created by: Kristine Theisen-Brown
Record added: May 19, 2010
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