Minn. Soldier, 25, Killed In Afghanistan

By Reg Chapman, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLS (WCCO) — A Minnesota soldier supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan has lost his life Friday.

Spc. Joseph A. Kennedy, of St. Paul, was killed in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province after suffering wounds inflicted from an enemy attack.

Kennedy’s friends described him as outgoing, fun-loving and full of life. They went out Saturday night and celebrated his life and accomplishments.

He graduated from Simley Senior High in Inver Grove Heights in 2004. He was a wrestler and also enjoyed working on cars and riding motorcycles.

He enlisted in the United States Army in 2009 and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, Third Brigade Combat team with the 1st Infantry division out of Ft. Knox, Ky.

His friends said he was back in Minnesota earlier this year and went to visit his former teachers at Simley High.

Kennedy’s mother, Valerie Kennedy, released this statement:

“We are deeply saddened by the lost of our son. Joe was a fine young man. 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. We deeply appreciate the out pouring of support and prayers.”

Kennedy’s family asked for privacy as they grieve. WCCO-TV respected their wishes.

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  • Bill Johnson

    May God rest his soul. I served with the Big Red One in Iraq. I saw many good Americans die. Joe is a true hero.

  • Mike Jacobson

    God Bless your son for his courage and service to our country. His and your sacrifice for a better world will never be forgotten.

  • Richard Knapp

    RIP Spc. Kennedy. Men like you are true heroes.

  • Linda

    Thank you Joseph, and your family. I value everything that you have all given. You will not be forgotten.

  • Terry

    God Bless you

    Thank-you Joseph for the ultimate sacrifice you have given this country, I will never forget you and your family. RIP soilder…………You are our hero.God Bless.

  • Keith and Valerie L

    Words cannot express our sadness at your loss. We pray that God will comfort you and hold you through these difficult times and may the memories of your son bring you joy. Know that your son is one of America’s bravest of men and we are truley Thankful for his service to our country. May our country never forget the price that has been paid. God Bless your family.

  • steve

    God bless this hero and his family

  • Stephanie Krinke

    I am so sorry to read of your loss. I cannot imagine the profound grief, and sadness you feel at this time. May memories of your son comfort you.

  • Kelly C Marshall

    God be with him and your family ! He is a Hero to us all! We are all in debt for his ultimate sacrifice!!! My heart bleeds for your family and all of the other men and women who have fallen before him! I will pray that his sacrifice was not in vain! This is from a valiant and loving christian and ex-desert storm sailor; I am very proud of him !!!

  • Shannon

    To Spc. Kennedy’s family and friends, my condolences on your loss. To Spc. Kennedy, thank you for your service to this country.

  • Teresa

    Thank you Joe for serving our country! God be with you and your family!

  • Richard

    Thank you Joe and all of our service men and women that have fought for our Country and given us the freedom we have today. Joe’s loss is the ultimate sacrifice for our Country. My prayers go out to Joe, his family, friends, and all our solders that have fought for our Country. You are all Hero’s.

  • Sarah in Outstate MN

    My sympathies to the family.

  • Ryan

    I’m sorry Kennedy was over there in the first place. I don’t believe he was protecting our freedom? Why? Because why don’t other countries feel the need to fight in Afghanistan to preserve freedom?
    I’m sorry to the family for their loss and I’m more sorry because his death is just a number to the military.

  • Lorraine

    May Joseph rest in peace. He and his family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you all and help you through this very difficult time.
    Love n’ Blessings to you all

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