Gunnery Sgt Aaron Michael Kenefick USMC
Date of birth: February 5, 1979
Date of death: September 8, 2009
Place of Birth: New York, Williamsville
Home of record: Roswell Georgia
This is the front story of my Marine Son and the "Ganjgal Ambush", yet to really know a story one must travel back to the origins of people, places and events that have taken place. The Ganjgal Ambush is the factual documentation of my Marine sons death. However, I have reason to believe my son was the target of this ambush for many reasons that are based on a great deal of research. I have a back story all my own built on many sets of nefarious circumstances that I myself fell under before, during and after my sons death.
My son was a high profile Marine, he possessed the highest security clearance a Marine could have and he worked for years with the elite Generals in charge of the Iraq & Afghanistan War at U.S.CENTRAL COMMAND from July 2004-2007. Aaron worked for Brig General Mark Kimmitt as his Enlisted Aid for most of Aug 2004 and part of 2006 until transferring to work with the Director of Intelligence in J2 at US CENTCOM from 2006 till July 2007. Kimmitt's two brothers Robert and Joseph Jay are bankers & attorneys that are very involved with the US Military Industrial Complex.
Aaron was transferred to Japan in Aug 2007 met his fate during the Ganjgal Ambush on Sept 8, 2009 less than 2 months after he arrived in Afghanistan. Aaron was a Marine of over 12 years when he was KIA. His death certificate lists his death as a "HOMICIDE". He was confronted with 100 to 150 TALIBAN during Ramadan on Sept 8, 2009. Aaron was one of 4 Marines KIA that day and the last one to fall, he was shot once in the right cheek bone which severed his spinal cord.
If you want to learn about the front story facts of this tragedy, read Medal of Honor recipient Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer’s book "INTO THE FIRE". Aaron is mentioned many times and it provides an excellent account of the facts surrounding the beginning, middle and ending of the Marine ETT 2-8's ambush and deaths. However, I know many details connected to persons involved in the suspicious back story - facts untold in a story that some do not want revealed. Had Aaron survived he would have been transferred to San Diego California for duty as Marine Drill Instructor. Knowing my son was always at the top of his class, I truly believe he would have made the highest rank and would have retired out of the Marine Corps July 2017.
My stellar Marine Son, Gunnery Sgt Aaron Michael Kenefick, is forever tied to the two living Medal of Honor recipients that survived the Ganjgal Ambush, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer and Army Captain Will Swenson who retrieved the bodies of the fallen that fateful day of September 8 2009.
Aaron was a noble warrior yet first and foremost, Aaron was a child of God, and a light to the world. He knew at a young age that he wanted to serve his country, so he enlisted into the Marine delayed entry program at the beginning of his senior year of high school in 1996. In 1997, after graduation, he attended boot camp in Paris Island, S.C. where he would prepare for his adult career serving for over twelve years. It was to be his entire adult life’s career path - training and mentoring our American Legacy by making a difference professionally as well as spiritually in the hearts and minds of men and woman who crossed his path. Always hoping for the best, he prepared for the worst to provide for the security and protection of our Country.
His name Aaron Michael, meaning “Rod of Truth,” and “Warrior Angel,” carried the vibrations of a more symbolic measure as he grew into adulthood. He was a “ protector” for America who tragically became an American Hero at the age of thirty and one a half years old. Aaron in his own words: “I’m a laid back guy who tries not to take himself too seriously. I’ve experienced many things in life, both good and bad and I have to say, it’s made me the strong man that I am today. I cherish my friends and my family more than anything in this world as they have always been there for me through the good times and the bad times. I’ve been all over the world - pick a place and I’ve probably been there but my days of traveling are far from over. I have a competitive spirit and I am driven my ambitions which includes first and foremost, happiness and whatever that encompasses. I’m not afraid to take chances or risks. No risk, no reward but I do understand that for every action there is a consequence.”
Videos of the Two Living Medal of Honor Recipients, Marine Cpl, Dakota Meyer, & Captain William Swenson and their Story of the Ganjgal Ambush