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John Thomas Kennedy

Date of birth: July 22, 1885
Date of death: September 26, 1969
Burial location: Arlington, Virginia
Place of Birth: South Carolina, Hendersonville
Home of record: Orangeburg South Carolina

John Kennedy graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1908. He retired as a U.S. Army Brigadier General.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the Philippine Insurrection

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Second Lieutenant John Thomas Kennedy, United States Army, for most distinguished gallantry on 4 July 1909, while serving with 6th Cavalry, in action at Patian Island, Philippine Islands. While in action against hostile Moros, Second Lieutenant Kennedy entered with a few enlisted men the mouth of a cave occupied by a desperate enemy, this act having been ordered after he had volunteered several times. In this action Second Lieutenant Kennedy was severely wounded.

General Orders: Date of Issue: November 23, 1912

Action Date: July 4, 1909

Service: Army

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Regiment: 6th Cavalry

Army Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Lieutenant Colonel (Field Artillery) John T. Kennedy, United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. As Regimental Commander during the St. Mihiel offensive and the Meuse-Argonne offensive, Lieutenant Colonel Kennedy displayed conspicuous efficiency, marked aggressiveness, and leadership. By his exceptional technical and executive ability he solved many perplexing problems, although much handicapped by losses in men, material, and animals. He at all times rendered invaluable support to the attacking Infantry and proved to be a material factor in the result achieved.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 39 (1920)

Action Date: World War I

Service: Army

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the World War I

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Colonel (Field Artillery) John Thomas Kennedy, United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star Citation for gallantry in action while Commanding the 5th Field Artillery, American Expeditionary Forces, in France, during World War I.

General Orders: Date of Issue: November 23, 1912

Action Date: World War I

Service: Army

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Regiment: 5th Field Artillery

Division: American Expeditionary Forces

Legion of Merit

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(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Brigadier General John Thomas Kennedy, United States Army, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States from 1942 to 1946.

Action Date: 1942 - 1946

Service: Army

Rank: Brigadier General