Fort Carson Soldier Sees Newborn Son Before Death

By: AP/KKTV
By: AP/KKTV
The mother of a Fort Carson soldier killed in Afghanistan says her son was able to see his newborn child before he died.

Sgt Allen R McKenna Jr

The mother of a Fort Carson soldier killed in Afghanistan says her son was able to see his newborn child before he died.

Sgt. Allen R. McKenna, 28, deployed to Afghanistan Sept. 6, but was able to come home in December when his wife gave birth to his youngest child, Waylon.

McKenna, of Oklahoma, died in the Kandahar province Tuesday of unspecified causes. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Carson.

McKenna joined the Army in September 2004. Prior to September's deployment, he had been deployed to Afghanistan from March 2009 to March 2010.

His decorations included the Army Commendation Medal twice and the Army Achievement Medal.

His mother, Connie Mitchell, says McKenna loved the outdoors, his family and military life.


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  • by Anne Location: C.S. on Feb 27, 2012 at 02:18 PM
    Don't criticize the civilians who don't buy into the phony war on terror because we still pay for your toys and spare parts to patch you up so you can play war again. Don't forget that you are also fighting for the TSA and there is something very wrong about that. The TSA is not about freedom. Since your government admits that the war on terror will never end at least you will always be employed but without the patriotism of the old fashioned wars that we used to "win."
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      by Ed on Feb 27, 2012 at 02:36 PM in reply to Anne
      You have a point. It is not 1945 anymore. Whether we want to accept or deny, we still have access to a lot of info that we never had when the radio was our only source of information.
  • by Scott Location: Luray, VA on Feb 27, 2012 at 01:52 PM
    "Dodging bullets for our rights" means that all the countries and cultures who want to come into this country (remember 9/11/2001)will think twice. They did not have victory that day nor on Dec 7, 1941 b/c of the resolve of our country to stand and fight. If we don't stand up to the bullies they WILL take over this country and the only right you will have left is the right to die. Thank you to the men and women who go and fight so I don't have to. I can pray to God by Jesus name out loud b/c of the job they do, the risks they take. May God be with our service men and women and with their families. We would be dead without them! And may God bring peace to all the families who have lost loved ones who have died for me....thank you.
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      by Ted on Feb 27, 2012 at 02:13 PM in reply to Scott
      What happened to our superior defenses on 9/11?
  • by jazzcat on Feb 27, 2012 at 08:07 AM
    One more point: as one who has PROUDLY worn the uniform, I take offense to the notion that ALL Americans are required to praise EVERYTHING the military does. People can criticize the military whenever they want, for whatever reason they choose. It makes me feel good to see so many people suspicious of the military...the last thing I want to see in America is a domestically powerful armed force. The day 100% of our population supports the military is when I'll become worried.
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      by Scott on Feb 27, 2012 at 01:57 PM in reply to jazzcat
      That would be the point of freedom of speech. I agree. No one has to agree with ANYTHING the government does and has the freedom to speak up when we don't. Thanks to all those who proudly donned a US military uniform.
  • by jazzcat on Feb 27, 2012 at 08:01 AM
    I think folks need to cut Concerned and USA some slack. They're entitled to their opinion, and make some valid points. I may not entirely agree with their comments, but I'd never try to shut them up. All you folks screaming about freedoms should remember that means people can disagree with popular sentiment.
  • by AA Location: usa on Feb 27, 2012 at 07:31 AM
    God bless and comfort this family as they mourn their son, father, and husband. I was an Army wife for four years, so been there on the military thing. At least he got to meet his new son who will never know him in person, only from family memories and pictures. Soldiers do not get to pick and choose if and when they fight, or even where. The govt gives them orders, and they must obey. Hugs and salutes to all of his family and loved ones.
  • by Chris Location: Colorado Springs on Feb 27, 2012 at 01:44 AM
    Its offensive the lack of support soldiers get. Do u think they choose the missions??? They fight because of our government told them too. They fight for all of our freedoms and those of others too. Respect them they are the ones standing up for people who cant. think of them as bully control. You can disagree with the war all you want but when it comes to a soldier give them the utmost respect. One day you might need a soldier. Plus, unless you are in the fight keep your negative comments to yourself. If you dont like it then do something other than take away a soldiers respect and honor. To your family- I wish you peace and comfort. We all should be lining up to her door giving what we can- food, a hug, an ear, anything at all because her family gave up their most precious thing.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 27, 2012 at 01:39 PM in reply to Chris
      They voluntarily enlisted. That they have no choice in which war they participate is no excuse.
  • by Paul Location: Fountain, CO. on Feb 26, 2012 at 09:24 PM
    I would like to echo Pueblo Navy Veteran's comment. God Bless You and your family for being one of many who have served this Great Country. My Prayers go out to SGT McKenna's Family. For Little Waylon; just know that your Father Allen gave his life for his country, and served proudly. For all of you out there seeing this, If what I have said Offends you, then go back to where ever you came from and call that place home. If you are able to, but have never served our country, Don't Complain about it. Mission First Family Always Ranger's Lead the Way
  • by USA on Feb 26, 2012 at 09:03 PM
    If someone is going to tell us about how our freedoms are being protected by these wars on terror, it would be nice to know exactly how that is being done. Please, tell us.
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      by Paul on Feb 26, 2012 at 09:32 PM in reply to USA
      All I have to say to you is: If you don't know the answer then you must be one of those that have never worn the Uniform. If you can't stand behind our troops, then get in front of them! Ranger's Lead the Way!
  • by Chris Location: Pueblo on Feb 26, 2012 at 08:07 PM
    God Bless You and Your Family
  • by Pueblo Navy Veteran Location: Pueblo on Feb 26, 2012 at 07:59 PM
    We Are Forever Greatful To You and Your Family For Your Military Service. Thank You For Protecting Our Freedoms. And For Those Of You That Have Never Served Your Country --- Put Up or ShutUp And Understand That Unfortunately Freedom Isn't Free!
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