INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
’98 graduate, a Marine, dies in Iraq
John J. McKenna IV, a 1998 graduate of Binghamton University, was killed by enemy fire Aug. 17 outside Fallujah, Iraq.
McKenna, 30, was serving as a captain with the U.S. Marine Corps.
He joined the New York State Police in 2005 and was assigned to Troop F at Kingston when he was recalled to military duty. He previously served with the Marines in Afghanistan and as part of the initial invasion force during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
McKenna, an Eagle Scout who grew up in Brooklyn, studied history at Binghamton and participated in the crew team.
His military medals and awards include: the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, Naval Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal, Purple Heart, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and Sea Service Deployment Medal. McKenna is survived by his parents, John and Karen McKenna, and a sister and her husband. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Aug. 25 for McKenna, who was buried at Saratoga National Cemetery.
The family asks that memorial donations be made to The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd. Suite 102, PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057 or The John J. McKenna IV Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o The NYS Trooper Foundation, 3 Airport Park Blvd., Latham, NY 12110.
The Alumni Association and Binghamton University Foundation will contribute funds in McKenna’s memory to Honor with Books, a program run by the Binghamton University Libraries.