Friday, April 27, 2012

"Jonathan P. Walsh, Kennesaw soldier, killed in Afghanistan

"Jonathan P. Walsh, Kennesaw soldier, killed in Afghanistan By Ernie Suggs The Atlanta Journal-Constitution First Lt. Jonathan P. Walsh, 28, who grew up in Kennesaw, was killed Sunday in Afghanistan when a truck in which he was riding struck an improvised explosive device. Department of Defense 1st Lt. Jonathan P. Walsh was killed Sunday in Paktia, Afghanistan, after enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. "On Tuesday, the Pentagon announced that Walsh was one of two paratroopers, stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C.,, who died in the blast, along with 22-year-old Pfc. Michael J. Metcalf from Boynton Beach, Fla. Walsh’s family members declined to comment when reporters visited their home. Walsh, who graduated from Kennesaw State University, had joined the army in March 2010. He had worked in financial services before enlisting. According to The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer, Walsh and Metcalf were assigned to the 2nd Battalion of the 504th Infantry of the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division in August 2011. Walsh, a platoon leader, died on the scene. Metcalf, who was an infantryman in Walsh's platoon, died from his injuries after being evacuated to a hospital. Along with his parents, Carolyn and Paul of Kennesaw, Walsh is survived by his wife, Debra, and a son." Kenneth Stepp salutes First Lt. Jonathan P. Walsh, who gave his life for the United States. Let's bring the troops home now!

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