Terry McKenna

COBRA Company ’70

My name is Terry McKenna; I went through training with Steve Pohancek in April, 70 at Camp Evans. He went to Alpha Co. and I went to Charlie Co. I well remember that Xmas Eve: We were somewhere between FB Bastogne and Veghel, kicked back listening to the Xmas Carols coming from Bastogne. Artillery was firing H&I missions which was usual at night. I remember hearing (I think it was at night) that Alpha had taken beaucoup casualties in a friendly fire incident. I do remember very clearly hoping that Steve wasn’t one of them. We were only acquaintances at Evans and I never saw him after that; but I remember this good-looking, cocky kid always with a smile. I’ll always remember him that way.

Obituary for Terry McKenna

Terry McKenna succumbed to an early morning heart attack following one of his beloved jogs in his neighborhood on Wednesday, August 4, 2010. He was 61 years of age, and is survived by his loving mother, Elizabeth J. “Kelly” Green and her partner, Colonel Boyd Van Horn; as well as his older brother, Kevin and wife Marcy. Terry was predeceased by his younger brother, Denny, in 2008; and his father, Harvey McKenna, in 1983. A graduate of Bishop McGuiness High School, Terry studied for a year at OSU before leaving on a tour of duty in Vietnam, 69-71, in Charlie Company 1st Battalion 327th Infantry 1st Brigade of the 101st ABN Division. Terry was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and the Air Medal for his service. Having returned home, he earned a degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma, where he also studied the Russian language. Prior to his graduation, Terry received a Certificate of Russian Language Study from the prestigious Leningrad State University and later pursued graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, where he earned an M.A. degree in the Political Science Department and successfully defended his Ph.D. exams. Terry returned to Oklahoma City, where he managed and owned the Liberty “D” Restaurant in Norman and worked with his good friend, Mark Ward, in the landscaping business. From 2000 to his death, Terry proudly worked in the Oklahoma State Senate and the Oklahoma House of Representatives as a fiscal analyst. A published poet and accomplished short story writer, he remained a lifelong student of politics and world affairs. Terry was also a fervent OU football fan and passionate supporter of the Oklahoma City Thunder Basketball team. He will be sorely missed by his many friends, including: Mike and Annie Tobin, Pat and Diane Garvey, Terry “Butch” Hughes, Connie Hefner, Judy Funk and Diane Thompson, Mark and Monica Ward, Joe Ward, John and Karen Tennery, Bob and Pat Scheer, Paula Jones, Mary, Gordon, Tom, Richard, and Bobby Barnard; his Milwaukee cousins, Marlene and Lisa; all of his Jeopardy cronies at the Cock O’ The Walk; and his colleagues at the Oklahoma House of Representatives in the Fiscal Office. His mother and brother will forever feel his loss.

 Published in The Oklahoman on Aug. 9, 2010