Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.

Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.


  • 25 July 1915
  • Hull, Massachusetts


  • 12 August 1944
  • Killed in Action
  • Naval Airplane explosion during Operation Aphrodite
  • United Kingdom


  • Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.
  • Rose F. Kennedy


  • Harvard College
  • London School of Economics
  • Harvard Law School

Military Background:

  • United States Navy
  • 1941-1944
  • Naval Aviator
  • Lieutenant
    Patrol Squadron 203
    Bombing Squadron 110
    Special Air Unit 1
  • World War II
  • Military Awards:
    Navy Cross
    Distinguished Flying Cross
    Purple Heart Medal
    Air Medal
    American Defense Service Medal
    American Campaign Medal with one 3/16 inch bronze star
    European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one 3/16 inch bronze star
    World War II Victory Medal

Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Letter to John F. Kennedy
August 10, 1944

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