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Keith Kline

Keith 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 country.

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