GY SGT Aaron M. Kenefick
Aaron M Kenefick, USMC GY SGT a 12-year stellar Marine, first entered the US Marine Corps after high school, as he enrolled in the Delayed Entry Program the year prior to graduation. Sharing the dream of his Marine Grandfather before him, he wanted to serve our country with the highest honor and integrity.
A natural born leader, mentor and athlete, possessing a zest for life, competitive and spirited, Aaron distinguished himself by becoming the epitome of the " Marines Marine" and "go to guy" by other military members of various uniforms, as well as officers.
His high security clearance and knowledge earned him a "high profile" platform working with those elite who ran the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
In 2009, Aaron deployed to Afghanistan with his ETT 2-8 Training Team. On Sept 8, 2009, he was ambushed by 100 to 150 Taliban forces in the Ganjgal Valley, Kunar Province Afghanistan. This tragedy is tied to two living Medal of Honor Recipients.
GY SGT Kenefick was a member of a combined Marine and Afghan patrol that led the way into Ganjgal village to visit with village elders. As the patrol entered the village, it was ambushed.
GY SGT Kenefick, took cover near a retaining wall and returned fire. When the team leader directed his Marines and the Afghan soldiers to attack and seize the house from which they were receiving fire, GY SGT Kenefick boldly led the Afghan soldiers forward under fire and cleared the house.
The enemy then attempted to encircle the teams position while subjecting the team to a hail of machine gun and rocket fire. Despite being pinned down, GY SGT Kenefick fought with bravery and determination while demonstrating unwavering courage in the face of the enemy.
By his extraordinary guidance, zealous initiative, and total dedication to duty, GY SGT Kenefick reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
He earned the Bronze Star with V.