Soldier from Kennesaw killed in Afghanistan
by Marcus E. Howard
mhoward@mdjonline.com
April 25, 2012 02:05 PM | 8804 views | 10 10 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KENNESAW — A Kennesaw family is grieving the loss of their son, Army First Lt. Jonathan P. Walsh, who was killed Sunday while serving in Afghanistan.

Walsh, 28, was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 504th Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, based out of Fort Bragg, N.C. He died Sunday after an improvised explosive device blew up his vehicle, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Walsh, an infantry platoon leader, died on the scene.

Private First Class Michael Metcalf, 22, of Boynton Beach, Fla., an infantryman in Walsh’s platoon, was also killed in the blast, which hit their vehicle as they were traveling in the southern Ghazni province, near Kabul.

A memorial service was scheduled on Forward Operating Base Arian in Afghanistan, where the two paratroopers served.

Walsh was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in August 2011.

Before joining the Army in March 2010, he worked five months as director of sales for Reliable Security LLC, a Marietta event security company, according to his LinkedIn profile. Before that, he was a consultant for two years for Zurvita, a Houston-based marketing company. He was previously employed as a credit manager for Wells Fargo Financial.

In the spring of 2008, Walsh graduated with a bachelor of business administration degree in management from Kennesaw State University, according to the university. In 2005, he also earned an associate of science degree from Georgia Highland College, according to LinkedIn.

His interests included fitness, nutrition and outdoor activities, according to the website.

Walsh is survived by his wife, Debbra, and son, and Austin Walsh of Raeford, N.C., located just outside Fort Bragg; and his parents, Paul and Carolyn Walsh of Kennesaw.
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charwoo
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April 27, 2012
Although time and distance had come between our friends, we will always remember JP as a wonderful young man and a great baseball player. May God rest your soul JP.

Sarah and Tommy Woodal and mom. Kennesaw baseball
Kennesaw Resident
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April 26, 2012
RIP First Lt. Walsh.
CP Goldstein
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April 26, 2012
I may have had this courageous young man as a student many years ago as his name sounds very familiar. Even if I didn't I am sorry for this tragic event. God bless you 1st Lt Walsh and may He forever watch over your family. Rest in peace 1st Lt Walsh.
Vorant1
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April 26, 2012
Why exactly are we sacrificing our sons and daughters in far off lands that have no real bearing on the safety of our country? I know the powers that be insist that there is a threat but my God this endless war is just too much to stomach with the loss of such fine men as First Lt. Walsh. My sincere condolences to his family.
Wrenching
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April 26, 2012
My thoughts exactly. It is high time we got out of Afghanistan and stopped the shedding of the blood of our finest Americans.
Mr. WTF
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April 27, 2012
You should ask President Obama why he continues with this mission and why he has been on the golf course rather than meeting with the generals and taking into consideration their opinions.

Making his timeline public, but then ignoring what's happening on the ground, makes it crystal clear that his motivaitons are purely political and will act just in time for the election....but remember all who are lost because of his dithering and non-engagement.
anonymous
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April 27, 2012
Michelle Obamas' $467,000 trip to Spain is much more important than dealing with our troops overseas...if you are in the Obama administration.

Remember, Obama wanted the troops to pay for their own medical care, and he's about to raise premiums on them for healthcare. Yet heroes like this serve US, not a president. The politicians aren't fit to polish these soldier's boots.
Tex G
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April 26, 2012
This is making me sick. What a hero. Folks we have a lot of problems in this country but I always, always have faith when I see the faces of our military men and women.

This man is a hero. God Bless Him, His Family, and His Child.

ABN
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April 25, 2012
My GOD bless 1Lt Walsh and may HE look after the Walsh family.

AIRBORNE!!
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