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My son, SSG Kevin James Kessler was a wonderful human
being/son/husband/soldier/leader/brother/uncle/cousin/nephew/friend/grandson.    He was
and is so loved by those that knew him.  He did not get to see his beautiful baby girl, Amelia,
however, he did know he was going to be a daddy before the accident.  I am so very thankful
that I was able to talk to him Saturday night before the accident on Monday, August 30th.
Kevin, you live on in my heart, thought and dreams.  You will never, never be forgotten.  
Love you-Mom.

May 19, 2012
Mom
My son, SSG Kevin James Kessler was a wonderful human
being/son/husband/soldier/leader/brother/uncle/cousin/nephew/friend/grandson.    He was
and is so loved by those that knew him.  He did not get to see his beautiful baby girl, Amelia,
however, he did know he was going to be a daddy before the accident.  I am so very thankful
that I was able to talk to him Saturday night before the accident on Monday, August 30th.
Kevin, you live on in my heart, thought and dreams.  You will never, never be forgotten.  Love
you-Mom.
SSG Kevin James Kessler

United States Army
KIA 30 August 2010, Afghanistan
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Army Staff Sgt. Kevin James Kessler, 32, of Canton, died Monday in the Arghandab River Valley,
Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised
explosive device.

He died with four other soldiers from the Fort Carson unit in the attack.

Kessler was a motor transport operator who entered the Army in June 2004. He served two
tours in Iraq in addition to his deployment to Afghanistan earlier this summer.

He had been awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Valor and the Army Commendation
Medal. Kessler was a member of the 1st Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat
Team, 4th Infantry Division.

"He wanted to serve America," said his sister, Emily Lightner, the Canton Repository reported.

His stepmother, Sue Kessler, added: "If [his troops] were there, he wanted to be there with
them.

"He wanted to watch their backs, like they would watch his."

Kessler was a 1996 graduate of East Canton High School, serving as class vice president.

His family threw him a party before he left the country in early July. It was a celebration, of sorts,
the Repository reported.

His wife, Adrian, had found out she was pregnant, and they shared the news with the entire
family.