Major Thomas E. KENNEDY
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KENNEDY, Major Thomas E. MAJOR THOMAS E. KENNEDY Major Thomas E. Kennedy, 35, a native of New City, NY, was killed in action August 8, 2012 in Kunar Province in Afghanistan. Kennedy was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Ft. Carson, Colorado. Tom was raised in New City, NY, and attended Clarkstown schools as well as Don Bosco Preparatory School in Ramsey, NJ, and the Salisbury Preparatory School in Connecticut. He was commissioned to the Army on May 27, 2000 after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point. In addition to his most recent deployment to Afghanistan, Tom served in Iraq from February 2003-2004 and again in Iraq from August 2005-2006. Upon his return, Tom was selected to become a Tactical Officer at West Point, during which he also earned a Master's degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. As a decorated officer, he earned dozens of awards and service medals, including Bronze Star Medal (2), Purple Heart and Bronze Star Posthumous, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Army Commendation Medal (3), Army Achievement Medal (3), Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/Bronze Service Star, Iraq Campaign Medal w/Bronze Service Star (4), Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge, Parachutist Badge and Ranger Tab. During his time as a cadet at West Point, Tom was a member of the Army hockey team. Upon returning to West Point as a Tactical Officer, Tom volunteered as an Officer Representative for the team and served as the President of the Army Hockey Association. He is survived by his wife Kami Joyce Kennedy, son Brody Thomas, daughter Margaret Mae, parents George and Patricia Kennedy of the Villages, FL, brothers, John Kennedy and wife Amy of Cumming, GA, George Kennedy, III and wife, Katie of Cranford, NJ, mother-in-law and father-in-law, Frank and Debra Joyce of Hong Kong, China, sister-in-law Kitchi Joyce of Atlanta, GA, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Tom was a loving and loyal husband, father, son, brother, uncle, son-in-law, godfather, cousin and friend. His passing has left a void in all of the lives he has touched. He was a true American hero that will never be forgotten. Well done. Be thou at peace. Visitation will be held from 5-8 pm, Thursday, August 16 at William F. Hogan Funeral Home, 135 Main Street, Highland Falls, NY. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Friday, August 17 at The Cadet Chapel, West Point, NY followed by interment in the Post Cemetery at West Point. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Major Thomas Kennedy Children's Trust via the Kennedy's Angels page on Arrangements by William F. Hogan Funeral Home. 845-446-2868 or

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Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Aug. 15, 2012.
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December 3, 2012
I had the opportunity to meet & chat with Major Kennedy at Army hockey games. Major Kennedy is a class act & will be missed.

Ron Fiat
Ron Fiat
September 10, 2012
Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers ( is an organization with groups throughout the country who work to send handmade prayer shawls and/or lap robes to families who have lost a loved one while serving our country. Members of Trindle Spring Lutheran Church would like to honor your son, husband and father's sacrifice and memory by sending our prayers and comfort through a prayer gift which will be mailed to you. If you are interested, please contact me at with the names and addresses of those who would like to receive one and which gift they would like to receive. We will send our gift as soon as possible. Also, if you know of any other families who are grieving the loss of a loved on who died while serving our country, please pass along my e-mail address. May God bless you and comfort you in the days ahead. Sincerely, Lynne
Lynne Neibert
August 24, 2012
I served two tours with Tom, he was a great officer, a caring, compassionate leader and a man of character. The Nation, Army and his Family have lost hero. He will be missed, but all that have served with him are better for knowing him. Thunderbolts! Army Strong!
Kevin Gregory
August 22, 2012
The Houghton and Mathews families extend their love and sympathy to MAJ Kennedy's family, He was a USMA classmate of CPT Andrew R. Houghton. After visiting grave(IF, 2004) at West Point on Aug. 15, we visited the Cadet Chapel and prayed for all of you.
August 22, 2012
Families of our Fallen Heroes always deserve our thanks and respect. I hope that your friends and family surround all of you with love and support.May Tom rest in peace. John Miller, Warren NJ
August 21, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. God Bless and watch over you at this difficult time. He was a true hero.
August 17, 2012
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
August 17, 2012
His wife, children and family are in our prayers...such an enormous loss. I'm sad for the world. xxx
August 16, 2012
We are very sad to hear of Major Kennedy's death and hope that memories of him will sustain you.
August 16, 2012
John, I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. May God Bless all of you during this difficult time.
Jeff Davies
August 16, 2012
My sympathies to his wife, children and brothers and my thanks to his parents for raising a son who was willing and capable to sacrifice all to protect not just his fellow Americans but anyone anywhere who needed and deserved that protection. God Bless and Welcome to His Kingdom. D
Dan Joyce
August 15, 2012
May God Bless Tommy's family during this most difficult time.We send our love and prayers that your faith and memories of Tommy will sustain you now and in the days to come. Luman and Sara Kornegay, Chelsea, AL
August 15, 2012
Peace in his full, heroic life. May God fill your heart with hope that you will meet again.
Lisa and Tommy Paciorek
August 15, 2012
God Bless!
August 15, 2012
Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to the Hero's family.....May the memories keep you going
August 15, 2012
It saddens me that we have lost such a great hero. Not just a hero for our country, but a hero to all of you-his wife, his children, his parents. He kept my family safe every day and he didn't even know us. I slept at night becasue he was on guard. My prayers to all of you. My sincere gratitude, my sincere sympathy.
nancy ortner
August 15, 2012
A true American Hero. May God Bless Tom and help his family and friends during these most difficult times. America has been Blessed to have Major Kennedy as one of our brave warriors.
John & Mary Cox
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