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Old 12-13-2004, 06:10 AM
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L/Cpl Kyle Renehan USMC (Iraq)

Chesco Marine dies of injuries

Lance Cpl. Kyle J. Renehan, 21, was injured Nov. 29 by "enemy action" south of Baghdad, the military said. He was an air-traffic controller.

By Jeff Shields

Inquirer Staff Writer


Lance Cpl. Kyle Renehan of Oxford, Chester County, died Thursday from wounds suffered Nov. 29 in Iraq, the U.S. Department of Defense said yesterday.

Renehan, 21, an air-traffic controller for the Second Marine Aircraft Wing out of Cherry Point, N.C., was assigned to support the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit during an offensive in Babil province, south of Baghdad.

A Marine spokesman said he could not release the cause of Renehan's injury, describing it only as the "result of enemy action." But a friend confirmed Internet reports that Renehan had been injured in a mortar attack.

Renehan's brother Chris, a fellow Marine also stationed in Iraq, was helicoptered to his brother's side in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and remained with him until his death. Chris Renehan, reached last night, said the family was awaiting the arrival of Kyle's body and would not comment before today.

Kyle Renehan was a "beautiful kid who always, always had a smile on his face," said his former neighbor, Jill Ohler of Spring City.

Next-door neighbor Jessica Chaffier said that Renehan, who always took time to say a friendly hello, joined the Marines shortly after graduating from Oxford Area High School in 2001.

One of five sons in Jim and Theresa Renehan's tight-knit family, Kyle Renehan was unmarried. He was fiercely competitive with brother Chris, and his only reservation about going to Iraq was that Chris got there first, Ohler said.

"He was beside himself - excited to go," Ohler said. "He was going to go capture Osama [bin Laden]."

About 5,000 U.S. Marines, British troops and Iraqi commandos launched an offensive in Babil province on Nov. 23 to clear out insurgent hotbeds. The cluster of dusty, small towns has been a major area for insurgent activity. U.S. and Iraqi forces have come under repeated attacks by car bombs, rockets, and small-arms fire in the area.

The region has become known as a "triangle of death" for the numerous attacks by Sunni Muslim insurgents and criminal gangs on *****es, Westerners, and members of the Iraqi security services.

Renehan, who joined the Marine Corps on Sept. 5, 2001, was assigned to Marine Air Control Squadron 2, Marine Air Control Group 28, Second Marine Aircraft Wing.

Since his injury, Ohler and other friends, joined by a whole Internet community of supporters, had tracked Kyle Renehan's progress on various Web sites relaying updates through Kyle's brother Spencer. Neighbors had tied yellow ribbons in his name around the family's four-year-old subdivision.

Kyle Renehan had been kept unconscious as neurosurgeons worked to save his leg, according to those reports, confirmed by Ohler.

The Renehan family flew to Germany on Tuesday to join Chris in their vigil after Kyle was flown there from Iraq.

The family returned home last night to neighbors offering sorrow, and soup, after the journey.

"It's real sad when it hits home like this," said Jessica's father, Anthony Chaffier.
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