Andrew M. Pedersen-Keel

Fallen Hero’s Hometown and State: Madison, CT

Branch of Service: U.S. Army

Rank: Captain

Captain Andrew Pedersen-Keel was a 2006 graduate of West Point. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 and was promoted down range to Captain in 2009 by General David Petraeus. Pedersen-Keel completed the Special Forces Qualification Course June 28, 2012. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) and was serving as Detachment Commander of ODA3126 when he was killed in action in Wardak, Afghanistan.

Words can never describe Andrew’s impact on both mission and in the lives he touched. His accomplishments as a ground forces commander in a volatile, dangerous, corrupt, and politically sensitive area include, bravery, intelligence, improvement of partner forces, improved relations with local villagers, and improved security measures. Captain “PK” lived each day to the fullest. Always held in high esteem by his team, family, and friends, “He could always make you laugh.”

Andrew lived by the motto, “No Fear,” and lived by high moral standards.

Age: 28

Date of Death: March 11, 2013

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