Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.

World War II
Service #O-116667
RankLieutenant, U.S. Navy
UnitUnited States Naval Reserve
Entered Service From
Massachusetts
Date of DeathAugust 12, 1944
StatusMissing In Action
Memorialized Tablets of the Missing
Cambridge American Cemetery
Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Navy Cross

The Navy Cross, established by Act of Congress on 4 February 1918 but retroactive to 6 April 1917, is awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the United States Navy, Marines or Coast Guard (in time of war), distinguishes himself or herself by extraordinary heroism while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States, while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing or foreign force, or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. The act or acts of heroism must have been so notable and have involved risk of life so extraordinary as to set the individual apart from their comrades. In precedence for valor, the Navy Cross ranks immediately behind the Medal of Honor.

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Distinguished Flying Cross

The Distinguished Flying Cross, established by Act of Congress on 6 July 1926, is awarded to a member of the United States Armed Forces who distinguished himself or herself by heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. An act of heroism must be evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty. Extraordinary achievement must have resulted in an accomplishment so exceptional and outstanding as to clearly set the individual apart from others in similar circumstances. Awards will only be made to recognize single acts of heroism or extraordinary achievement, and not in recognition of sustained operations.

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Air Medal

The Air Medal, established by Executive Order on 11 May 1942 and amended by Executive Order on 11 September 1942, is awarded to a person who, while serving with the United States Armed Forces, has distinguished himself or herself by meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. Awards may recognize single acts of heroism or merit, or may recognize sustained meritorious service over a period of six months or more. The Air Medal primarily recognizes personnel on flight status requiring frequent participation in aerial flight. It may be awarded to personnel not on flight status whose duties require frequent flight other than in a passenger status. The Air Medal ranks behind the Distinguished Flying Cross in order of precedence.

Navy Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal