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Pte Kennedy Kevin Vincent
Rank: Private
Regimental Number: D59 941 774
Born: Oct 20, 1986 St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Afghanistan
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Regiment: The Royal Canadian Regiment
Service Details :
2nd Battalion, Operation Achilles. He was one of six Canadian soldiers killed after a roadside bomb exploded near their light-armoured vehicle 75 km west of Kandahar City, Afghanistan.

Sacrifice Medal (SM)
The Sacrifice Medal was created in the context of increased casualties in overseas operations to fulfill the desire of Canadians and the Government to provide formal recognition, through the award of an official medal emanating from the Crown, to those who die as a result of military service or are wounded by hostile action. This honour replaces the Wound Stripe
The Medal may be awarded to members of the Canadian Forces, members of an allied force working as an integral part of the Canadian Forces such as exchange personnel, civilian employees of the Government of Canada or Canadian citizens under contract with the Government of Canada, on the condition that they were deployed as part of a military mission under the authority of the Canadian Forces, that have, on or after October 7, 2001, died or been wounded under honourable circumstances as a direct result of hostile action on the condition that the wounds that were sustained required treatment by a physician and the treatment has been documented.
The Medal may also be awarded posthumously to any member of the Canadian Forces who served on or after 7 October 2001 in the Regular Force, Primary Reserve, Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service or Canadian Rangers, or any member of the Supplementary Reserve who served in or with one of the components aforementioned on or after 7 October 2001, and dies under honourable circumstances as a result of an injury or disease related to military service.
When a death is obviously related to service, the SM will be issued immediately. When the cause of death is not clear, the SM will only be issued once Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) has officially determined that the death was related to military service, in such a case, delays are to be expected before the SM can be awarded.
General Campaign Star – SOUTH-WEST ASIA (GCS-SWA)
This general service award has been created as a means to recognize - in a timelier manner - those who serve in operations in the presence of an armed enemy. Rather than creating a new honour for each new Canadian Forces operation as it arises, the General Campaign Star and General Service Medal - with their theatre or service specific ribbons - can be awarded in future to honour participation in any operation that meets the criteria. The General Campaign Star (GCS) is awarded to members of the Canadian Forces and members of allied forces working with the Canadian Forces who deploy into a defined theatre of operations to take part in operations in the presence of an armed enemy.
The GCS is always issued with a ribbon specific to the theatre or type of service being recognized, and each ribbon has its own criteria.
The GCS with South-West Asia ribbon is awarded to Canadian Forces members and members of allied forces working with the Canadian Forces who served either:
with the Canadian contribution to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan for at least 30 days cumulative between 24 April 2003 and 31 July 2009, in the theatre of operations which consisted of the political boundaries and airspace of Afghanistan; and/or in the theatre of operations consisting of the political boundaries of Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, the Suez Canal and those parts of the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea that are west of sixty-eight degrees East longitude and north of five degrees South latitude, as well as the airspace above those areas for at least 30 cumulative days commencing on August 1, 2009, provided that the service has not been recognized by another service medal.
Service Notes: 10 soldiers were riding in the vehicle when it struck an explosive. Four Canadian soldiers were flown to the hospital at Kandahar airbase. Pte Kennedy and the other soldiers had been out in the desert for a month living off their vehicles, eating field rations and sleeping under the stars, military officials said. And more recently they were busy shepherding coalition convoys to the Sangin district, the scene of fierce fighting between the coalition and the Taliban.
Enlisted: CFB Gagetown
Pre/Post War: Pte. Kennedy was an elite athlete and navy cadet in high school and intent on a career in the military. Kevin was certainly very jovial, very witty, and a character of sorts, and a leader. He was always military-minded, wanted a career in the military to serve his country, and certainly he did admirably."

Deceased: April 08, 2007 at Kandahar City, Afghanistan
Cemetery SACRED HEART Roman Catholic Cemetery Newfoundland, Canada
Obituary: KENNEDY, Private Kevin Vincent Died tragically Sunday, April 8,2007, in Afghanistan while serving with the 2nd BN Royal Canadian Regiment, Hotel Company Battle Group, Private Kevin Vincent Kennedy formerly of St. Lawrence. Predeceased by grandparents, John and Rita Kennedy, grandmother Mary Gibbons and aunt Augusta Gibbons. Leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories parents Myles Kennedy and Catherine Kennedy, brother Michael Kennedy of Halifax, Nova Scotia, grandfather Lawrence Gibbons, aunts, uncles and cousins plus a large circle of relatives and friends.
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Pte Kevin Vincent Kennedy
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Medals and Commendations
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Sacrifice Medal (SM)
General Campaign Star – SOUTH-WEST ASIA (GCS-SWA)

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