Fort Knox to Unveil McGinnis Memorial

| November 30, 2012

FORT KNOX, Ky. (EYT) – Military officials at Fort Knox have announced they will be dedicating a memorial to Knox native Ross A. McGinnis, who died in combat on December 4, 2006 in Iraq.

Officials will unveil the memorial on December 7, 2012 at the central Kentucky post.

Spc. Ross McGinnis, son of Tom and Romayne McGinnis of Knox, earned the Medal of Honor for an unbelievable act of courage on December 4, 2006 in Iraq when he rolled onto a hand grenade and absorbed the blast to save four of his comrades.

Ross joined the Army on his 17th birthday in June 2005 in the Delayed Enlistment Program at Fort Benning, GA, and then was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division in Schweinfurt, Germany. He was deployed to Kuwait for 2 weeks of training in August of 2006 and then to Iraq, assigned to the Blue Spaders Combat Team. He participated in over 200 missions in and around Eastern Baghdad.

He was a 2005 Keystone graduate.

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