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Joseph P Kennedy Jr has an in memoriam headstone at Arlington National Cemetery next to his brothers, President John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy.

When the new pathway was added for Ted Kennedy's grave in 2012, a memorial headstone was dedicated in honor of Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., who was the eldest of the Kennedy brothers.

Prior to his death, Joseph Kennedy was very much predicted to be the leader and politician in the family.

As the first born son of Joe Kennedy Sr., the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Joseph Kennedy Jr. was encouraged to pursue politics after his service in the military.

However, he was tragically killed in a top secret mission during World War II. Due to his bravery and sacrifice, Joseph P. Kennedy was awarded the Navy Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, and Air Medal.

Following Joseph's death, John F. Kennedy, the second eldest of the Kennedy brothers, went on to fulfill those roles of leadership.

Unfortunately Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.'s remains were never recovered. However, in 2012 a cenotaph was erected in his honor.

About The Author

Canden Arciniega

Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. She has written for HuffPost Travel and has been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. She's also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the producer of our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All With a M.A. in History from University College London and a B.A. in History from Elon University, she is an authority on D.C. history, and has led tours in the city for over 10 years. She currently resides in DC, but has also lived in London and South Korea, and has travelled to 28 countries. Her two children (both under the age of 4) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts.
Updated: January 22nd, 2023
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