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Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.


Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. was born to Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy in 1915. He graduated from Harvard University in 1934 and joined the U.S. Navy in 1941 during World War II. He earned his pilot wings in 1942 and became an experienced fighter pilot. He declined the opportunity to return stateside.  Instead, in August 1944 he volunteered to be part of a top-secret mission over Normandy, France. During the mission explosives on his plane detonated early and he was killed.  He was awarded, posthumously, the Air Medal and the Navy Cross for heroism.   The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation was created to honor his memory by Ambassador and Mrs. Joseph P. Kennedy.