b. 22/07/1885 Hendersonville, South Carolina. d. 22/09/1969 Columbia, South Carolina.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 04/07/1909 Patian Island, Philippines.
John Kennedy was born in Hendersonville, South Carolina; he attended The Citadel for one year and graduated from West Point in 1908. Upon graduation he was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the 6th Cavalry Regiment.
He served in the Philippines in 1909 and was awarded the Medal of Honor after being wounded leading an attack into a cave occupied by hostile Moro insurgents.
He transferred from the Cavalry to the Field Artillery in January 1917. In World War I he served as a field artillery officer and rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the National Army. After the war, he reverted to his Regular Army rank of captain but was promoted to rank of major in June 1920.
He graduated from the Command and General Staff College in 1924 and from the Army War College in 1932.
In World War II he commanded a provisional field artillery brigade from 1942 to 1945 with the rank of brigadier general.
He retired from the Army on 31 January 1946.
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.
BURIAL LOCATION: ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA.
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