US Army Specialist Joseph A. Kennedy, aged 25, from St. Paul, Minn. died on 15th April 2011, in Helmand province, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained while engaging enemy forces after they attacked his unit with small arms fire.
Spc. Kennedy was serving with the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox, Kentucky.
As family and friends pay tribute to him, his mother said of her son, "He is our hero. He lived life with the volume turned up full blast. We are extremely proud of him and his service to our country. He will be missed by many that loved him dearly."
Spc. Kennedy received several military awards and decorations, including the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon. Since his death, he has been awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star Medal, and Purple Heart.