Sunday, April 22, 2012

Army 1st Lt. Jonathan P. Walsh

Remember Our Heroes

Army 1st Lt. Jonathan P. Walsh, 28, of Cobb, Ga.

1st Lt Walsh was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 504th Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died April 22, 2012 in Mirhasan, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Lieutenant Walsh earned an Associate’s Degree from Georgia Highland College in 2005. He went on to graduate from Kennesaw State University in 2008 with a degree in Business Administration.

He excelled in the financial services industry and worked for well-known companies such as Wells Fargo Financial.

He was a true patriot and answered the call to join the Army in 2010. He was recognized as an outstanding Infantry Platoon Leader.

Friends describe Lieutenant Walsh as a hard worker who always had a smile on his face and loved to laugh. He was known to everyone as a good man who will be deeply missed.

Sidewalks in north Cobb and Fulton counties were lined Wednesday morning with people paying respects to a Kennesaw soldier killed last month in Afghanistan.

The motorcade, which included dozens of motorcycles and other vehicles, passed North Cobb High School, where hundreds of students lined up and JROTC members saluted, and Kennesaw State University, from which the 28-year-old soldier graduated in 2008.

After winding its way through north Cobb County, the nearly two-hour motorcade continued through north Fulton County to Roswell Funeral Home on Mansell Road.

All along the route, motorists stopped and got out of their cars to honor the soldier. Many held American flags.

Walsh was killed April 22 when a truck in which he was riding struck an improvised explosive device.

He was one of two paratroopers, stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., who died in the blast.

Walsh, a platoon leader, had worked in financial services before joining the Army in 2010.

He is survived by his wife, Debra, and son, Austin, of Raeford, N.C., and by his parents, Paul and Carolyn Walsh of Kennesaw.

Army 1st Lt. Jonathan P. Walsh was killed in action on 4/22/12.

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