In Memory of SGT Steven McGovern


Steven Matthew McGovern, a sergeant in the 20th Special Forces Group of the Army National Guard died in a helicopter crash in Iraq.  He was employed by Blackwater Security Consulting.  He lived in Lexington, Kentucky and grew up in Garrard County where he graduated from Garrard County High School.  He was 24 years old.

McGovern was one of six American security contractors killed in a helicopter crash approximately 12 miles north of Baghdad after being hit by a missile. A militant group of insurgents responsible for several attacks and deaths in Iraq has claimed responsibility. Eleven people died in the crash.  He was working under a Defense Department contract to protect American diplomats.

Steven deployed to Afghanistan as a member of 20th Special Forces group in 2002 and 2003. In February 2005 he accepted a  job as a security contractor with Blackwater Security Consulting. He had planned to return home this summer to  marry his fiancée in Danville, Kentucky.
Funeral services for Steven M. McGovern were held at Central Christian Church in Lexington, KY on May 16, 2005.  Burial was in Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

News Articles About SGT McGovern.

April 21, 2005.  "7 U.S. security contractors killed in Iraq".  CNN.

April 22, 2005.  "Two Kentuckians killed in Iraq working for private contractors".  The Wichita Eagle.

April 23, 2005.  "Kentucky buddies are killed in Iraq".  The Kansas City Star.

April 24, 2005.  "Friends remember, mourn McGovern".  The Advocate Messenger.

April 24, 2005.  "Kentuckians killed in Iraq while working for private contractors".  WKYT 27 News.

April 24, 2005.  "Investigators Visit Site of Chopper Crash".  Herald Tribune.

May 13, 2005.  "McGovern funeral set for Monday".  The Advocate Messenger.

May 14, 2005.  "Funeral for contractor killed in Iraq is Monday".  The Courier-Journal.

May 15, 2005.  "Father recalls Kentucky contractor killed in Iraq".  The Mercury News.

May 16, 2005.  "Kentucky Mother Speaks Out About Son Killed in Iraq".  WKYT 27.

May 17, 2005.  "Contractor Killed in Iraq Buried Today".  LEX 18.

May 17, 2005.  "Dreams led McGovern to Iraq".  Herald-Leader.


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