Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Private First Class Robert J. McKenna

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

End of Watch Tuesday, February 22, 1966

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Reflections for Private First Class Robert J. McKenna

Bobby bunked next to me at Fort Gordon. We both had orders for Viet Nam and we're just a couple of days short of going on leave prior to heading overseas. We were partners on patrol several times and he was a good man to spend a shift with.

Pvt. E-2 Tom McAdam
140th MP Company, Arvada Fire Protection District, Retired

March 6, 2019

I served as a Drill Sgt at A-13-4 from Feb 70-March 71. Pushing troops in AIT, especially MPs, was a rewarding experience. 1SG Dehart was my 1SG. SFC Branson, SGT Deifenbach and others, I always wondered what happened to these guys. Served my duty at McKenna Gate. I got in the Reserves and served another 28 years retired as a Colonel. Never regretted a minute of my service time.

Colonel Larry Abel
A-13-4 ?

December 19, 2018

I was a drill sgt in the MP school at ft Gordon 67-68 and did a couple nights duty on McKenna Gate.

cpl E-4

June 11, 2018

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

My sympathies to the family and fellow soldiers of PFC McKenna. May he rest in peace.

SFC William Farrell
US Army MP, Ret

April 26, 2017

MESSAGE TO DAN OCONNOR ;


I WENT TO MP SCHOOL (95B10) AT FT GORDON GA.
I WAS ON B-12-4 COMPANY
MY GRADUATION DATE WAS 02 APR 71...

MPC CPT WAS ARCHIE W. ROTH JR
CO COMMANDER ...CPT R.A. O'NEAL
FIRST SERGEANT... R.A. WILES
MESS SERGEANT ....SFC A.R. CHAFFEE
TRAINING NCO .......SFC J.E. GREAVES

& TO ANY ONE OUTHERE...
I WOULD LIKE TO GET A COPY OF THE YEARBOOK..

THANKS FOR TAKING CARE....... CARLOS R. TIRADO

SP4 TIRADO
RETIRED ENGINEER PR TEL CO.

March 18, 2016

Did my AIT there Jan-Feb 1973. They never mentioned this story
even once....that is a shame!

Bryan Piercy
National Park Service (ret)

February 23, 2016

Went to MP School Ft Gordon Feb-Apr 1971 and looking for anyone else.

Dan OConnor
Veteran

January 24, 2016

I also remember hearing the story when I went through USAMPS.

Sgt. Robert E. White, Jr.
US Army, Military Police Corps.

October 23, 2015

I also remember hearing the story of PFC McKenna when I went through MP School at Fort Gordon in 1971. After MP School I went to Fort Shafter Hawaii, to the 524th MP Company.

Spec 4 Walter Palmer
Military Veteran, 624th MP Company

December 21, 2014

I went through MP school at Fort Gordon Georgia in October of 1967 through December of 1967. We were told the story of Robert Mckenna over and over and to remember his sacrifice at Gordon. There wasnt a time that I didnt remember him when I pulled some one over or entered a building to check it. I went to Fort Campbell to serve then to the 533rd Military Police in Zweibrucken Germany. I always told his story and reminded our MP's about his story. May God hold him in heaven. Rest in Peace. JE Pena Laredo, Texas

Jose E. Pena, SGT.533rd mp 67-70
school teacher/coach laredo, texas

December 8, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

December 15, 2012

RIP PFC, thank you for your service Sir

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

February 22, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 46th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminsihe respect and your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you. Your family is in my heart's embrace today. I thank your family and friends for sharing their memories and devotion through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 22, 2012

Remembering PFC McKenna on this 45th anniversary of his sacrifice for our country, state and citizens of Fort Gordon and Augusta.

Anonymous

February 22, 2011

Your name lives on. I attended MP School at Ft Gordon on the 12th of July 1966. Assigned to Company A,10th Battalion, 4th Training Brigade. Your name and service was revered during our training. We looked forward to working McKenna Gate in your honor.God Bless you and your family. An Ex-MP brother.

Sp4 W.E. Tommy Thompson
Ret.Dep.Douglas County Sheriff Off

July 13, 2009

The funeral line was long, There's an awful lot of cars, Folks came out of the restaurants, They came out of the bars.
The workers at the construction sites All let their hammers drop. Someone asked. "What is this all for?" And they said, "Aw, just a cop."
Some chuckled at the passing cars. Some shed a silent tear Some people said, "It's stupid," "all these dumb policemen here."
"How come they are not out fighting crime?" "Or in a doughnut shop?" Sure is a lot of trouble, For someone who's just a cop."
They blocked the intersections, They blocked the interstate. People yelled and cursed, "Damn, it's gonna make me late!"
"This is really ridiculous!" "They're makin' us all stop!" "It seems they are sure wastin' time, On someone who's just a cop."
Into the cemetery now, The slow procession comes, The woeful Taps are slowly played. There's loud salutes from guns.
The graveyard workers shake their heads "This service is a flop." "There's lots of good words wasted, On someone who's just a cop"
Yeah, just a cop to most folks. Did his duty every day. Trying to protect us, Till they took his life away.
And when he got to heaven, St. Peter put him at the top. An angel asked him, "Who was that?" And he said, "Aw, just a cop."
His Judgment Day:
The officer stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shinning, Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, Officer, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek To my church have you been true?"
The officer squared his shoulder and said, "No, Lord, I guess I aint, Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was rough, And sometimes I've been violent Because the streets are tough.
But I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep.. Though I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills got too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept an unmanly tear.
I know I don't deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don't...I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne, where the saints often trod. As the officer waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, Officer. You've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on heaven's streets, You've done your time in hell"

May God be with everyone!!!!!!!!!

Motor officer Terry Pauley
Plano PD Plano, Tx

March 28, 2009

I've been participating in the Police Unity Tour for the last six years, which raises funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers Mem. in DC and since 2005, I've worn a bracelet from the memorial honoring PFC Robert McKenna. Like many others I served in the 140th MP Co. and had a two year association with McKenna Gate. I'd like to send the bracelet to a PFC McKenna's family so they know that someone has been riding in his honor and remembering him. If a family member would like to contact me, please leave a message here.

Assistant Inspector General
US Congress

May 13, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR DEDICATION AND YOUR SERVICE, YOU ARE A HERO JUST BY THE PROFESSION YOU CHOSE. GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL THOSE THAT LOVE YOU.

Van Den Berghe
MANCHESTER, NH

February 13, 2008

Like you, Robert and so many others, I took MP AIT at Fort Gordon in 1972 and was stationed there, with the 140th, twice during my seven hear hitch. I thought of you often on my long shifts at YOUR gate and now I can put a face with a name that we all talked about very often. I thank you for your sacrifice and truly wish your family the peace of God. I am now a retired officer and Chief of Police but, it is young men and women just like you, that gave me the great respect for and determination to be in law enforcement. My prayers to your family and friends.

Chief Gary W. Willis
Linville Land Harbor, NC

Chief Gary W. Willis
Linville Land Harbor, NC Special Police

January 25, 2008

Officer McKenna, Just letting you know that you have not been forgotten and thank you for the Sacrifice that you gave.

Tammy Persin
Mother of Fallen Military Police Officer
PFC Brian Thomas Gleason
8/9/2000

July 9, 2007

PFC McKenna,
I was a dog handler stationed at Fort Gordon, GA from 2004-07 and was honored to carry out duties at the gate named in your honor. I attempt to tell your story of courage, bravery and sacrafice to young Military Police every chance I get. You are not forgotton.

Special Agent Sean McEntee
US Army Criminal Investigation Command

June 6, 2007

Private McKenna your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Care now. May your rest in peace brother...God Bless !!

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

March 22, 2006

P.F.C. McKenna,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country.

R.I.P.
Anonymous

February 22, 2006

I was a young MP in the 140th from 1967-1969 and spent 12 hr shifts on the gate named in your honor. I revered your name then and never forgot it. Great to see your name finally recognized at the NLOM. I'll be wearing your name band during my ride in the Police Unity Tour, Virg. chapt. this May. I'll leave your bracelet at your name on the wall for your family. Rest in peace.
Special Agent Ken Keeler
Office of Investigations, US Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Special Agent Ken Keeler
Office of Investigations, Library of Congress

February 14, 2005

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