From the San Diego Union Tribune:
Poway High Grad, Kenneth Necochea Jr., dies in Afghanistan
By Blanca Gonzalez
Specialist Kenneth Necochea Jr.
Five other American soldiers were also killed when a vehicle packed with explosives blew up at the entrance of a joint NATO-Afghan base in Kandahar province. Spc. Necochea and his fellow soldiers were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.
Friends said Spc. Necochea was a personable, polite young man with a strong faith, great smile and good sense of humor.
Dossett recalled that he brought her mother flowers the first time he met her. “She wondered ‘What’s he buttering me up for,’ but she learned that was just Kenny being Kenny. My family just loved him.”
David LeMaster, assistant principal at Poway High, remembered Spc. Necochea as a low-key student in his history class. “He was a nice, sweet kid. His classmates liked him and he worked well in groups,” LeMaster said. Although he didn’t participate much in class discussions, “he was great one-on-one,” LeMaster said. “Like many kids, he wasn’t too thrilled about (history) at first but he left the class excited about the subject.”
According to the Department of the Defense, Spc. Necochea was an Infantryman who joined the Army in February 2009 and arrived in Fort Campbell in June of 2009. His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, and Army Service Medal.
Laurie Davidson of Selah, Wash., has known Spc. Necochea since he befriended her son, Spc. Markus Jensen at Fort Campbell. The two formed a special bond and planned on becoming police officers or opening a business together after they got out of the Army, she said.
Everybody who met Spc. Necochea loved him, Davidson said. “He was so easy to talk to … He was the type of person you wanted to spend time with, he always had something good to say.”
A California native, Kenneth E. Necochea Jr. was born March 1, 1989. He graduated from Poway High in 2007.
Survivors include his father, Kenneth E. Necochea of Poway; his mother and stepfather, Donna and Neal Wright of San Diego; and several siblings.
See the comments about Army Corporal Kenneth E. Necochea Jr. at the LA Times,
visit a FaceBook page honoring Corporal Necochea,
visit Corproal Kenneth E. Necochea's page at Horizon Christian Fellowship
and read more about Corporal Necochea at the Fort Campbell Courier here.