By Kevin Wood/NEMS Daily Journal
Courtland Kennard knew what it meant to be in the military long before he joined the Army. He was the son of a soldier. His father, Staff SGT Douglas Kennard, spent 21 years in the service, carrying his family from assignment to assignment. No matter where they moved, however, their roots were always in Mississippi.
Courtland was born in Starkville and went to schools all over the country. He graduated from high school in Wiesbaden, Germany. Teachers and coaches alike loved Courtland, citing his huge smile and dependable personality. “He was a complete kid,” said his coach Jim Campbell. “He was our best defensive player and a consummate team player.”
Courtland Kennard joined the Army in January 2003. He was deployed to Iraq in July 2006. On November 9, 2006, SGT Kennard was the lead driver in a group of four humvees when his vehicle was hit by an IED. The blast critically wounded SGT Kennard and killed a second passenger, Staff SGT Gregory McCoy. SGT Kennard would die a short time later at a hospital in Baghdad.
Read the rest of SGT Courtland Kennard’s story and see more photos at www.40DaysofHonor.com