About

Sgt. Kyle J. Harrington, 24, of Swansea, Massachusetts.  Kyle’s father served in the Navy and the family moved around until they finally settled in Swansea when Kyle was in 2nd grade. Swansea was his mother’s home town. While growing up, Kyle was a wild-child, the class clown, and participated in Cub Scouts and sports.

When he turned 16, he and his sister, who used to fight, became very close, a bond that continued from then on. He had a passion for rock and roll music, all kinds of movies, and for staying friends with everyone he met. In high school he met the love his life, Faith, and after graduating from Case High School in 2003, he and Faith married. Kyle enlisted in the Army on May 25, 2004, to make a better life for his new family.

Kyle and Faith Harrington

Kyle and Faith Harrington

Being in the military turned Kyle into a mature, responsible young man. After completing advanced individual training in his military occupational specialty of 63B: Light-Wheel Vehicle Mechanic at Fort Jackson, S.C., he reported to Fort Lewis on December 14, 2004, and was initially assigned to the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. He was reassigned in the fall of 2005 to the 542nd Maintenance Company and deployed with the unit to Iraq in November 2005 for 12 months. Kyle deployed on his second tour in Iraq with the 542nd Maintenance Company in April 2008, for a 15-month tour of duty.

Sgt. Kyle J. Harrington

Sgt. Kyle J. Harrington

Kyle was killed in a motor pool accident while repairing vehicles at Joint Base, Basra, Iraq. His civilian and military education includes the Military Occupational Specialty 63B (Light-Wheel Vehicle Mechanic) qualification course; Warrior Leader Course (2007); Combat Lifesaver Course (2005). His awards and decorations include Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, Drivers Mechanic Badge, and Drivers Wheeled Vehicle Badge.

Kyle was the husband of Faith A. (Ryan) Harrington of Fort Lewis, WA; father of Joshua Dennis Harrington and Kaylee Elizabeth Harrington; son of Kathleen (Blow) (Seligman) Harrington of Fall River and Dennis Harrington and his wife, Jodi of Cranston, RI; brother of Elizabeth J. Harrington of Fall River; son-in-law of Debra and Bill Ryan of Fall River; grandson of Irene J. Harrington of San Andreas, CA; nephew of: Cynthia Gerke of Swansea, Carolyn Vaitses of Stonnington Ct, Sandra Berube of W. Newfield, ME, Mrs John (Janet) Long of Carroboro, NC, Linda Walker of Locust NC, and Ethel Blow the widow of his uncle Edward Blow of Otisfield Me; great-nephew of Jack Rabbitt of Swansea. Kyle is also survived by 17 cousins and their families. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Lionel and Hilma Blow and Fred Joseph Harrington.

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  1. Spc Moore

    I was one of his soldiers he was a great nco and loved working for him. He was a very intellgiant, yet funny guy. Miss him and i hope his family is doing well!

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