NAME: Sean Patrick Fennerty
PLACE OF BIRTH: San Diego, California
DATE OF BIRTH: August 18, 1983
HOME OF RECORD:
DATES OF SERVICE: 2004 to 20 January 2007
UNIT ASSIGNED: Company A, 3rd BN, 509th (ABN)
CAMPAIGNS: Operation Iraqi Freedom
AWARDS: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge
SUMMARY OF SERVICE:
02 Jul 1981 - Sean Patrick Fennerty was born at the Navy hospital in San Diego, while his father was on active duty in the Navy. He was the second of four children.
His family lived in Tucson, Ariz., during his childhood and moved to Portland when he was 12.
1999 - He graduated Jesuit High School in Portland Oregon
He graduating from Oregon State University with a Baccalaureate of Arts Degree in History with a minor in Athletic Administration.
2004 - He joined the United States Army. SGT Fennerty was assigned to Alpha Company, ITB 30th AG Battalion, Fort Benning, Georgia where he was awarded the coveted Blue Cord. Upon completing training at ITB and Basic Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia.
00 Nov 2004 - SGT Fennerty was assigned to D Company, Special Troops Unit at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
00 Sep 2005 - SGT Fennerty arrived at Fort Richardson, Alaska where he was assigned to Able Company, 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry (Airborne).
00 Oct 2006 - He deployed with Able Company in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
20 Jan 2007 - Army Sgt. Sean Patrick Fennerty with 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, was killed in Anbar province while riding in a military vehicle that struck a roadside bomb.
He is a graduate of the Warrior Leadership Course, Combatives Level 1.
SGT Fennerty is survived by his mother Mo, father Brian, sisters Kelly Fennerty and Colleen, and brother Conor.
Gov. Ted Kulongoski spoke of a young man “in whose hands I would confidently place the future of Oregon.”
He was “the son every parent wants, the student every teacher wants, the soldier every commanding officer wants,” Kulongoski said, comparing Fennerty to St. Patrick, who faced fear with confidence. The governor also recited the prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola, who founded the Jesuits.
Fennerty, 25, was the son of a physician and a teacher who decided to enlist in the Army. He was steered to Officer Candidate School, but he chose to be an enlisted man.
He was remembered as fiercely loyal to his fellow Airborne soldiers and to his country, and to his Irish heritage and strong Catholic faith.
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