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Peter Andrew McKenna

April 4, 1980 ~ August 7, 2015 (age 35)
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Message from Suzanne Davenport
January 13, 2017 8:30 AM

I am so sorry for the loss of your son. As a military brat, I felt the need to make it my goal this year to honor and remember one of our fallen every day. Today I honor First Sergeant McKenna and will be sharing the information I find on my FB page for others to remember him as well. My son, who was a student at Roger Williams attended the Bristol parade many years. I am sure your son enjoyed that day so much. Thank you again for the sacrifice that your family has given. I would have been honored to have called him my friend. Peace ~ Suzanne
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A candle was lit by Robin Adams on September 12, 2015 2:27 PM
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Message from Caitlin
August 19, 2015 10:31 PM

I still remember like it was yesterday Andrew driving straight to my house from RI after placing his brother to rest. We had just started getting to know each other but the heartache of both of us losing someone so dear to us forged a bond. Even ten years later Andrew and I still talked on a regular basis. He never failed in calling me on my husband's angel anniversary or his bday. He knew those days we're hard for me. He always checked in on my kids, too. I still remember one night I had some errands to do and he kept the kids for me. I got caught up in traffic but when I got to his house he had actually cooked dinner, had the kids set the table, and was waiting for me. He was so excited that he cooked, and made veggies. Lol. He was such a loving, generous, man. He is missed. Every single day. And, so very much loved.
Message from George Grimstad
August 17, 2015 5:11 PM

We are very sorry about the lose of your son, a true American hero. As an old Special Forces soldier, I know the sacrifices he has made throughout his career. Thank you for sharing him with the nation and the 7th Group. Rest in peace, brother. De Oppresso Liber.
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A candle was lit by Carol Ferro on August 16, 2015 7:03 PM
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Message from Patricia Squatrito
August 16, 2015 6:57 PM

To The McKenna Family,

We are so sorry for the loss of your son Andrew. As members of the Bristol Fourth of July Committee, we were so proud that he was able to receive the American Flag for having traveled the farthest at our Patriotic Exercises. He was a true American Hero that gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom. May he rest in peace. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this very difficult time.

Nat, Patty & Andy Squatrito
Message from Joseph Medeiros, Jr
August 16, 2015 6:33 PM

Our Deepest Sympathy to Andrew's family. There aren't any words of condolences to say at this heartbreaking of losing your Son. We saw him marching in the Bristol parade; & my husband who is a Viet Nam Vet noticed him. for some unknown reason they locked eyes. My husband is devastated over his loss. God be with you all. So very very sorry for your loss. Mr & Mrs Joseph Medeiros, Jr and Family

Message from Lawrence Celani
August 16, 2015 5:17 PM

My sincerest condolences over the untimely loss of your son. I was informed this is the second loss for you and your family. Words can not express my sadness over all you have had to endure. However like two of my best friends who died in Vietnam years ago, your son and those Marines did what they loved doing. I realize those thoughts can not take the pain away but it time you will be left with only fondest memories. We are all by your side as you begin recovery. None of us, myself in particular who does my best to honor all veterans will never forget the sacrifice brave men like your sin and brave woman have made for all of us.

Larry Celani
Message from Marilyn Hewitt
August 16, 2015 2:47 PM

There are no words to adequately express my sympathy for the devastation and profound loss you must be feeling. Please know that I am grieving with you and keeping you in my prayers. May the love of family and friends comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead.
Thank you Andrew for your service. You are a true American hero and will never be forgotten.

Marilyn Hewitt
Message from peter & joan medeiros
August 16, 2015 2:12 PM

My families prayers and condolences are extended to your family, my says now is the time to share memories which will be in your hearts forever. Peter&joan Medeiros
Message from C.Mello
August 16, 2015 11:00 AM

From my entire family, especilly my grandchildren, I thank Andrew for his strength of service in insuring the continued freedom of our country. May he rest in peace knowing he has given us a true example of heroism. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Chuck Mello
Message from C. Mello
August 16, 2015 10:01 AM

From my entire family, especially my grandchildren, I thank Andrew for his strength of service in insuring the continued freedom of our country. May he rest in piece knowing he has given us all a true example of heroism. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Chuck Mello
Message from Ralph & Elaine Ferrara
August 16, 2015 7:50 AM

To Peter and Carol:

Elaine and I are so sorry for your loss with the passing of your son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Peter was a true American hero and his passing was a great loss for you and your family, our community, and our nation. We want to thank Peter for his service to this country and his ultimate sacrifice. Just as a side, your grave site in St. Mary’s Cemetery is right next to our grave site. My mother and father (Ralph & Filomena Ferrara) are buried there. We told mom and dad that a true American hero will be laid to rest right next to them; that they should be proud and to watch over him just as he watched over all of us during his honorable service. You can bet they will.

Ralph & Elaine Ferrara

Message from Kathy Hogan
August 15, 2015 7:29 PM

My prayers go out to this hero and patriot, and my deepest sympathy to his family and friends. While I did not know him, I /salute.

Kathy Hogan, USN veteran, Ashaway RI.
Message from Normand Serejczyk
August 15, 2015 10:00 AM

Peter and Carol,

Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your son. He is a true American hero. Praying for you both.

Norm and Linda Serejczyk
Message from Steven Walsh
August 15, 2015 6:05 AM

As I sit from afar and read all of the touching tributes and see all of the wonderful pictures dedicated to Sgt. McKenna, my heart aches for his family and the tight-knit community that I love and dearly miss. My deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to the McKenna family and to those that knew him best. I wish I could be at home not only to mourn along with you, but also to celebrate Sgt. Mckenna's life with our community and friends. The love and support shown by everyone in this difficult time makes me proud to be part of such a fantastic community and I’m honored to say that I had the pleasure to know such a great man and soldier who gave his life for the betterment of others. Sgt. McKenna, thank you for your service, Sir. You will not be forgotten. RIP, bro.
Message from Jeffrey Steadman
August 15, 2015 5:54 AM

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A candle was lit by Jonathan faria on August 14, 2015 8:41 PM
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Message from Henry & Ann Marie Serbst
August 14, 2015 5:26 PM

Our Thoughts & Prayers our with the McKenna family. Your son was a Hero, & the model Soldier for this Country, he will be truly missed. God Bless.

Henry & Ann Marie Serbst
Message from Mike & Michelle Serbst
August 14, 2015 5:21 PM

Carol & Peter, our hearts & prayers are with you and your son during this very difficult time. Your son is a true American Hero. God Bless

Mike & Michelle Serbst
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Message from Howard Whitfield
August 14, 2015 10:49 AM

Peter is a true American hero. May he rest in peace while making Heaven a better place.

May God be with your family during the difficult days to come.

God bless you.

Howard
Dallas, Tx
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A candle was lit by Mary D. Olson on August 14, 2015 10:10 AM
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Message from Mary D. Olson
August 14, 2015 10:15 AM

Carol and Peter, I am so sorry for your loss and for the country's loss of such a distinguished and dedicated soldier. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Mary Del
Message from Liz Patton
August 14, 2015 12:06 AM

Our deepest heartfelt sympathy Carol and Peter, we are so very sorry for the passing of Andrew. May God give you the strength and understanding over these difficult days to come. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers everyday. We thank Andrew for protecting us and this sacrifice he has made, and we also thank you for the sacrifice you have made. God Bless! With Love and Sympathy, Liz & Dave Patton
Message from Beth Downes-Grimes
August 13, 2015 8:32 PM

Dear Carol and Peter,

I have been thinking about you since hearing the tragic news about your Andrew and remembering our conversation about Patrick a few years ago at the Navy Exchange. I was remembering the good times, back in the day, when the kids were small and you helped me with Sarah, getting her on and off the school bus and taking the kids to feed the ducks and sharing our back yards for years! Life seemed so much simpler back then. I do remember Andrew loved everything "Army", even as 6 year old! I can still picture him with his camo hat on, smiling with two front teeth missing. One thing that no one can take away from you are your memories that you keep close to your heart. All I can do is send good thoughts to you of Andrew and Patrick and hope that one day you can find some peace knowing that your sons loved you so much and they were good boys. As I write this, I just can't imagine how hard this is for you and I wish with all my heart that I could take some of your pain away. Please know that you are in my prayers and I will get in touch with you soon. Love.....Beth Grimes (with Michael, Sarah and Alex), (formerly of Sullivan Lane)
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A candle was lit by Linda Bruno on August 13, 2015 5:25 PM
For some moments in life there are no words. Be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. May God give you the strength and courage to face the days ahead and hold tight to the loving memories of Andrew you'll keep forever in your hearts. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad and difficult time. With love and heartfelt condolences, Linda, Laurie, Alaina, Briana Bruno
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A candle was lit by Sue Principe on August 13, 2015 9:45 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time. Thank you for your service.
Sue Principe
Message from Frank and Sharon Toner
August 13, 2015 8:02 AM

To Drews family and friends may the Lord draw you close together and give you His peace and understanding. Thank you for your service. So sorry.
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A candle was lit by Joann Lombardi on August 12, 2015 11:52 PM
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Message from Dan Garcia
August 12, 2015 4:46 PM

I served under 1SG Drew McKenna for most of the last year. And while he always just told me to call him "Drew", he never failed to make me feel like he was my leader, and not in a bad way, but in a way that he never had to say in words. In a way that always made me know without a doubt that no matter what danger we faced, or the enemy could throw at us, he would make sure all of us would come home alive. He was and is the great kind of man who will live through eternity who inspires others around him and makes them better just through knowing him. His fearlessness, courage, and great leadership in battle will never be forgotten or lost upon those he lead. My prayers are with his Family. Thank you for the sacrifice your family has made from a Soldier who directly benefited from Drew's leadership, bravery, and selflessness. I will never forget him nor pass up the chance to tell of his greatness and bravery. 1SG You will never be forgotten!
Message from Suzanne Davenport
January 13, 2017 8:24 AM

Dan Garcia - I am a military brat who decided my goal this year is to honor one of our fallen each day. Today I am honoring Master Sergeant McKenna. Thank you so much for your wonderful words about him. I will share your words in my post as I feel you are sharing his true personality.
Message from Melanie Gauthier
August 13, 2015 5:53 AM

Dan, I didn't have the privilege you've so eloquently described but echo your gratitude and grief at humanity's loss in 1Sgt McKenna's passing. Let his massive impact on all he touched immortalize this man among men. My condolences and admiration to his parents who raised such an exceptional son.
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A candle was lit by John and Betsy Cambra on August 12, 2015 2:28 PM
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Message from John and Betsy Cambra
August 12, 2015 2:38 PM

Our thoughts and prayers will be with you forever and Andrew will always remain in our hearts with Patrick.
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A candle was lit by Justin "AJ" Nelson on August 12, 2015 11:53 AM
I know I only met you once at Leo and Samantha's wedding but you will be greatly missed. I thank you for your service to our country.
Message from ray griffith
August 12, 2015 11:39 AM

We were privates together at Ft.Drum. Even back then we could all tell he was bigger than us. Some men just cast a powerful shadow. I'm glad I met him.
Message from Lawrence M. Piemontese
August 12, 2015 11:24 AM

I am deeply saddened by the news of yours son's passing. It always hurts when a brother in arms falls in war but it is more painful when it is someone from a family you know. My prayers go out to you Carol and Peter. My prayers also are for you both to rise from this tragedy and find comfort in your memories. Love and prayers, Larry "Pie" Piemontese
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A candle was lit by Dave Moniz on August 12, 2015 10:43 AM
Carol and Pete, I can't start to express my sorrow at your loss of Peter. I'm sure that in his short time on this earth he made both of you so rightly proud.
Remembering both of you at this difficult time
Dave Moniz
Lake Wales, FL
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A candle was lit by Darlene Frisby on August 12, 2015 9:02 AM
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A candle was lit by Brian Powers on August 12, 2015 8:56 AM
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Message from Brian Powers
August 12, 2015 8:58 AM

Thank you for your service to your country & thank you for helping defend those who could not fight for themselves. God Bless and may you rest in peace.
Message from Beth Gillett
August 12, 2015 8:25 AM

His strength, bravery and courage will never be forgotten. Our deepest condolences to his family. Blue Star Mothers of America - Houston Texas Chapter
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A candle was lit by Kate MacDougall on August 12, 2015 8:22 AM
In memory of First Sergeant Peter Andrew McKenna, Jr. From Paul and Kate MacDougall
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A candle was lit by Elizabeth Collins on August 11, 2015 11:19 PM
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Message from Mike Rinaldi
August 11, 2015 9:37 PM

"So the warrior now returns to native soil and rightly earns
The great respect to one so young, though sadness stills the waiting throng,
While flowers strew the path he takes, as the carriage slowly makes
A final turning to allow the veterans standing there to show
The soldiers pride, a silent, mute, proud and respectful last salute."

Rest easy Andrew.
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A candle was lit by Allison Mosher on August 11, 2015 9:23 PM
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Message from John Mcglothin
August 11, 2015 8:30 PM

My prayers and condolences to the family! It was an honor to serve with this amazing Soldier!!
Message from Jeffrey Steadman
August 11, 2015 5:30 PM

Our sympathy and prayers to all of Andrew's family and friends on his loss. From the staff of Sansone Funeral Home.
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