Private First Class Robert J. McKenna

Private First Class Robert J. McKenna

United States Army Military Police Corps, U.S. Government

End of Watch Tuesday, February 22, 1966

Robert J. McKenna

PFC Robert McKenna was shot and killed while attempting to stop two men from leaving Fort Gordon, Georgia.

Unbeknownst to PFC McKenna, the two suspects had robbed a local bar and fired shots earlier in the night. The two men entered the installation to buy ice and when they attempted to exit through the gate PFC McKenna noticed handguns inside the vehicle. One of the suspects exited the vehicle and shot him in the face. One of the suspects was sentenced to life and the other was sentenced to 25 years.

The gate where PFC McKenna was murdered was later renamed the McKenna Gate.

PFC McKenna served with the U.S. Army for one year and was assigned to the 140th MP Company at Fort Gordon, Georgia. He was survived by his parents and 16 brothers and sisters.

Bio

  • Age 23
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Georgia
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I was stationed at Ft. Gordon and a member of the 140th MP Company from 1964-1966. Robert was one of the nicest people you could ever meet.
He was on the 3p to 11p shift that day and I can remember talking to him about the orders he had received to go to Vietnam.
I went to the funeral in Long Island and met his family.
It is 51 years ago but it seems like yesterday.
It was an honor to have known him and God Bless his Soul.

Thomas FX Magura E4
!40th MP Company !964-66

May 1, 2017

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