John Thomas Kennedy – Brigadier General, United States Army

Graduating from West Point in 1908, he earned the Medal of Honor while serving as a Second Lieutenant, 6th United States Cavalry, at Patian Island, Philippines, July 4, 1909.

He was born in Hendersonville, South Carolina, July 22, 1885. He was returned from the United States Army in 1946 due to disability and died on September 26, 1969. He is buried in Section 7, Grave 1007, Arlington National Cemetery.


Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 6th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Patian Island, Philippine Islands, 4 July 1909. Entered service at: Orangeburg, South Carolina. Birth: Hendersonville, South Carolina. Date of issue: Unknown.


While in action against hostile Moros, he 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 2d Lt. Kennedy was severely wounded.




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