Who Was Brian Kennedy

He came from a typical American family and grew up in a small suburban town just like thousands of others, but Brian Matthew Kennedy was anything but average. National Honor Society. Varsity football. All-state lacrosse player. College engineering student.

Brian, a true patriot, then volunteered to serve in the United States Marine Corps, subsequently giving his life to help the fight against terror and to help the Iraqi people win their freedom. All along the way, everywhere he went, Brian Kennedy distinguished himself as an extraordinary human being—caring, considerate, hard working, and generous with his time and talents.

Brian was adored by all and could light up a room with his smile. He was selfless and very caring. He was a good son and a loyal brother, brother in-law and friend. Brian enjoyed golfing, rock climbing and cooking/grilling with friends and family. He was humble despite his talent as a gifted athlete and scholar. He was a proud Marine and will be missed by all. Brian is survived by his father and stepmother, Mark and Valerie Kennedy of Scottsdale, AZ; mother and stepfather, Melissa and John Derbyshire of Port Clyde, ME and sister and brother in-law, Gretchen and Brett Helgeson of Scottsdale, AZ.

A Life of Accomplishment and Promise

  • October 1, 1977
    Born in Evanston, Illinois
  • May, 1995
    National Honor Society, All-State lacrosse team (Illinois)
  • June, 1995
    Graduated from Glenbrook South High School (Glenview, IL)
  • September, 1995
    Enrolled at Purdue University to study mechanical engineering
  • September, 1997
    Transferred to Texas Tech University
  • May, 1998
    Enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA. Trained as Mechanic/Crew Chief for CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters
  • February, 2003
    Deployed to Kuwait
  • March 21, 2003
    Chosen to participate in first troop insertion mission of Operation Iraqi Freedom, killed in action
  • April 7, 2003
    Buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, California