Monday, April 03, 2006


The world lost two more heroes this weekend.

SSG(P) Darrell P. Clay
SGT Israel Devoragarcia

Please pray for their loved ones and our community.

Also, here is the article about CPL McKinzie that was in the paper recently. We had a memorial ceremony last Wednesday for him. Obviously it was very emotional, but the ceremony was really nice and I think he would have been proud.

Baumholder-based 1st AD soldier is killed in Iraq

Stars and Stripes
Mideast edition, Thursday, March 23, 2006

A Baumholder, Germany-based, 1st Armored Division soldier was killed Tuesday during an attack in western Baghdad.

Spc. Antoine J. McKinzie, 25, of the 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment, was killed by small-arms fire Monday about 1:10 p.m. when his patrol was attacked.

McKinzie’s family was notified of his death Tuesday, according to the Indianapolis Star. His stepfather, Dwight Adams, is a Star editor.

McKinzie was manning a weapon in the turret of a Humvee when he was shot in the head and shoulder, possibly by a sniper, according to the Star. The attack took place on Route Irish, the road between downtown and Baghdad International Airport.

McKinzie was born Feb. 25, 1981, in Des Moines, Iowa. He was on his second tour of Iraq, having been deployed in 2004 with the 1st AD.

In addition to his stepfather, McKinzie is survived by his mother, Zyvonne Adams, a brother and a sister.


Shelleigh (Pixie) said...

There is something terribly wrong with me Cristin, when the first thing I do in the morning is pour a cup of coffee and check the coalition casualties... I suppose I make atonement by following it with prayer.

God speed and prayers go up for some sense of peace for these hero's families.

Zyvonne Adams said...

I would like to thank you for thinking of my family and my son Antoine in your comments. We take comfort in the fact that he really loved being in the army, that he was doing his part to make a difference in the world and that he was doing what he believed was right. I pray that all the members of the armed services, stay safe and come home soon. Sincerely, Zyvonne Adams