KSU honors late grad, becomes ‘Purple Heart University’

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Georgia (Apr 22, 2016) — KENNESAW — A day before the fourth anniversary of his death while serving his country, the memorial tree and marker honoring Army 1st Lt. Jonathan “J.P.” Walsh of Kennesaw was rededicated on Kennesaw State University’s Campus Green on Thursday afternoon.


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Walsh lost his life on April 22, 2012, while serving with the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan, his vehicle blown up by a roadside bomb, and was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart. Thursday’s rededication, which honored the 2008 KSU graduate and 2002 North Cobb High School graduate, was part of a ceremony recognizing the school as a “Purple Heart Designated University,” the first University System of Georgia institution to earn the honor from the Military Order of the Purple Heart, a congressionally chartered veterans’ organization whose members have been awarded the Purple Heart medal.

In bestowing the honor, the organization recognized KSU for outstanding service to military and veteran students and families. More than 2,000 veterans and family members are enrolled at the university, including 1,100 who receive benefits from Veterans Affairs, according to university officials….

Photo caption: Brig. Gen. Thomas Carden, the commanding general of the Georgia Army National Guard offers a hug and words of support to Paul and Carolyn Walsh of Kennesaw, the parents of Army 1st Lt. Jonathan “J.P.” Walsh who was killed in action.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu