Keith A. Kline
SGT Keith A. Kline was serving his first tour in
Iraq when he fell victim of an improvised
explosive device on July 5th while conducting a patrol during
combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq. SGT Kline gave the ultimate
sacrifice in defense of his country.
Sgt. Kline was a communications systems support
specialist with the U.S. Army assigned to the Bravo Company, 96th Civil
Affairs Battalion, 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne) based in Fort
Bragg, N.C. He had re-enlisted after serving three years in Iraq.
Born in Oak Harbor, Ohio, SGT Kline was a member
of the wrestling team at his high school. He placed sixth in the
state wrestling tournament his senior year. After completing
high school SGT Kline joined the military. His awards and
decorations include four Army Achievement Medals, Joint Meritorious Unit
Award, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on
Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal,
Army Service Ribbon, and Basic Parachutist Badge.
A close friend in the military stated, "I worked
with him every day for four years. You couldn't help but love him
... he was just always so optimistic and happy-go-lucky. You could
be having a good day and just talking to him it went from a good day to
a great day. He was just one of those people."
SGT Kline was laid to rest in a honored funeral on
Monday, July 16, 2007. The funeral was attended by a large crowd
from his community and those who served with him. He was a great
patriot of America! May we always remember his example of service to his