08/10/2012 DPB Mourns Loss of US Army Major Thomas E. Kennedy
The DBP Campus Flag is flying half-mast in honor of US Army Major Thomas E. Kennedy, who was killed by a suicide bomber targeting US Army leaders in Sarkowi, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, August 8, 2012.
Tom attended Don Bosco Prep from 1991 to 1994 and was an active member of the Ironman Hockey Team. He transferred for his senior year to The Salisbury School, Salisbury, CT, for hockey. He was a graduate of The United States Military Academy at West Point, for which he also played hockey, and from which he graduated in 2000. He entered the Army in May 2000 just after graduation. DBP Alumnus Brad Dayspring ’95 said of Tom, "He was a real solid player, a great teammate, an all-around nice guy."
DBP Alumnus and Head Coach of the Hockey Team Greg Toskos ’94 said, “Tommy was a teammate of mine at Don Bosco for three years. He was a fierce competitor and was always driven to win. We always stayed in touch and years later, after taking over the hockey program, Tommy offered to set up a visit to campus."
Toskos continued, "In January of 2010, we brought 55 members of the Bosco hockey program to West Point. Tommy welcomed us at the gates. Looking at all the Bosco kids gave him such pride in being an Ironman. Tommy gave us a full tour of campus, he brought us to the historical sites, talked to us about the history, the impact on our country, he took questions and answered every one. The best part of the trip, he set us up to have lunch with the cadets, all 4000 of them. Bosco hockey was front and center. The only announcement made that day was to welcome us. The cadets gave us a standing ovation. The kids were in awe and there was Major Kennedy, standing, clapping with the cadets… Tommy remained connected to our hockey program most recently in helping guide and recruit RJ Burns from Don Bosco to West Point. He took pride in being an officer, took pride in being a hockey player and took pride in being an Ironman.”
Major Kennedy was most recently assigned to the Headquarters Company of the 4th Infantry Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team based at Fort Carson, Colorado. He had been deployed to Afghanistan for just two weeks when the attack was made on Tom and the US leaders on their way to meet Afghan leadership. He was on his fourth tour of duty. He had earned numerous awards and medals for his service including the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation and the Valorous Unit Award.
Tom and his wife, Kami, have twins who turn two years old next month; a son, Brody, and a daughter, Maggie.
A fund has been set up by DBP Alumni for the support and education of the children. In just a few days it has raised over $344,000.00! To contribute, please go to:
To see the News 12 news clip with interview of Dr. James Scanlon, please go to:
To see a longer interview of Dr. Scanlon about Major Kennedy, and you are a Cablevision customer, please go to channel 612 on your TV (if you have Optimum), click on News, then use the left arrow to scroll to "Other Regions" (if you live in New Jersey). Click on Hudson Valley.Click on IO Extra and you will find Dr. Scanlon's interview.
Update by Rockland Journal News on the fundraising for the family started by our alumnus, Jim Finn: