Joseph Hayden Kenney

Second Lieutenant
Army of the United States
16 August 1946 - 24 June 1969
Opelika, AL
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Joseph Hayden Kenney

25 Feb 2003

Joe Kenney was more than a cousin to me, he was my friend and as souls go he was my brother. We spent our lives together growing up in a small mill village, swimming in the lake all day, playing ball, and getting into boyhood mischief, dreaming of all the things to come, not having a care in the world. We grew into adulthood together going in our own directions, but never losing the bond that we had between us. Joe was a Christian and a truly wonderful man, I enjoyed every minute of our life together. Joe was in-country only 19 days before he was killed. Unfortunately, I received the news through an Army newsletter, as I had recently arrived in Vietnam myself. It was devastating news as death always is. Joe had written a poem and sent it home only a week before his death, I would like now to share that poem with you as I feel like it captures the heart of many a young soldier.

Somewhere in an unknown land
Stands a lonely, but not forgotten man.
He's there to keep his people free
To live in Peace like you and me.
He fights by day, and prays by night
For tomorrow again he must fight.
He's counting his tour day by day
'cause home he'll go and home he'll stay.
He trudges along, wanting to rest.
Knowing he can't, he does his best.
While deep inside he sings a song
To ease the pain of a day so long.
The sight of war is an ugly one
But for him it's a job that must be done.
He dreams of the day when he'll go home
To the ones he loves and calls his own.
Why can't the world just live in Peace
When this asking the very least?

Lt. Joe Kenney
Eagles' Nest

Joe was truly blessed with friends and family who
will always love and miss him. He may be gone but he
will certainly never be forgotten.

Mike "Pete" Bell

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his first cousin and friend,
Mike "Pete" Bell 
25 Feb 2003

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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