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Highway named for Green Beret killed in Afghan suicide blast

Master Sgt. Peter Andrew McKenna Jr.

U.S. ARMY

By MARK REYNOLDS | The Providence Journal, R.I. | Published: April 2, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. — Legislation that calls for naming part of Route 114 after a soldier and Bristol native killed in a suicide bombing attack in Afghanistan last summer was signed into law on Friday.

The legislation names Route 114, between Warren Bridge and Mount Hope Bridge, "The 1st Sergeant P. Andrew McKenna Memorial Highway."

McKenna, who enlisted when he was 18 years old, was a member of the Army Special Forces. His 17 years of service included one tour in Iraq and five in Afghanistan.

On Aug. 7, Taliban insurgents blew up a truck bomb outside the Special Forces base where McKenna was serving, which was near the Kabul airport. They killed eight security contractors who were on guard, breached the gate and charged in.

McKenna, who fought the attackers, died from small arms fire.

"All Rhode Islanders are grateful for his service," Governor Raimondo said in a news release, which was issued before a signing ceremony Friday afternoon at the Rhode Island Veterans Home. "Naming this memorial highway is a way for Rhode Islanders to recognize and remember this American hero."

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