A Penn Stater Killed in Afghanistan
Our Sept/Oct issue carries a story about four people whose lives were changed forever on Sept. 11, 2011: an alumna whose husband, also a Penn Stater, died in the World Trade Center attacks; an alumna who was working in the World Trade Center and managed to escape with her life; and the parents of Bill Cahir ’90, who enlisted in the military as a result of the attacks and later was killed in Afghanistan.
In a sidebar to that story, we listed all 10 Penn Staters who were killed in the Sept. 11 attacks, as well as those who died in the resulting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Since then, my Penn State colleague Terri Buchignani has called my attention, sadly, to another Penn Stater who died in Afghanistan: John Kihm, a former student who was killed this past April 19 in Kandahar.
Kihm (pictured above) graduated from high school in 2009 and spent a semester at Penn State Abington before enlisting in the Army. At the time of his death, he was just 19 years old. I can’t imagine his family’s grief.
I thought you might be interested in seeing the entire list of Penn Staters (at least the ones we know of) who were killed in either Iraq or Afghanistan. Below that is the list of Penn Staters who died in the 9/11 attacks 10 years ago.
Killed in Action
Sgt. William Cahir ’90, U.S. Marine Corps. Killed in action, Afghanistan, on Aug. 13, 2009. He was 40.
Capt. Brian Faunce ’96, U.S.Army. Killed in Iraq, on Sept. 18, 2003. He was 28.
Pfc. John Kihm ’10, U.S. Army. Killed in Afghanistan, on Apr. 19, 2011. He was 19.
Chief Petty Officer Michael Koch ’97, U.S. Navy. Killed in Iraq, on Feb. 4, 2008. He was 29.
Lt. Michael Murphy ’98, U.S. Navy. Killed in Afghanistan, on June 28, 2005. He was 29.
Capt. Todd Siebert ’99, U.S. Marine Corps. Killed in Iraq, on Feb. 16, 2007. He was 34.
Killed in the Sept. 11 Attacks
Kermit Anderson ’65, insurance business analyst at Marsh USA, in 1 World Trade Center. He was 57.
Patrick Dwyer ’86, partner at Cantor Fitzgerald, in 1 World Trade Center. He was 37.
Michael Ferugio ’87, insurance broker at Swett & Crawford, in 2 World Trade Center. He was 37.
Scott Hazelcorn ’94, bond trader at Cantor Fitzgerald, in 1 World Trade Center. He was 29.
Howard Kane ’83, comptroller at Windows on the World, in 1 World Trade Center. He was 40.
David Kovalcin ’83, ’85g, engineer at Raytheon, on American Airlines Flight 11. He was 42.
Michele Nelson ’95, benefits specialist at Cantor Fitzgerald, in 1 World Trade Center. She was 27.
Michael Pescherine ’91, ’94g, bond trader at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, 2 World Trade Center. He was 32.
Jean Roger ’99, flight attendant, on American Airlines Flight 11. She was 24.
David Suarez ’99, consultant at Deloitte Consulting, in 1 World Trade Center. He was 24.
We’ll have more Sept. 11-related coverage later this week, including reflections from former Penn State quarterback John Shaffer ’87, ’89g, who escaped the World Trade Center during the attacks.
Tina Hay, editor
Entry filed under: The Penn Stater Magazine. Tags: Bill Cahir, Brian Faunce, David Kovalcin, David Suarez, Howard Kane, Jean Roger, John Kihm, Kermit Anderson, Michael Ferugio, Michael Koch, Michael Murphy, Michael Pescherine, Michele Nelson, Patrick Dwyer, Scott Hazelcorn, Todd Siebert.