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Fallen Kennesaw Soldier Returns Home

First Lt. Jonathan Walsh of Kennesaw was killed by an improvised explosive device while serving in Afghanistan.

The body of a Kennesaw soldier killed in Afghanistan by a blast from an improvised explosive device will be escorted by law enforcement today following the arrival of his remains at in Marietta.

First Lt. Jonathan Walsh, a 28-year-old paratrooper, .

The motorcade is expected to depart Dobbins between 10 and 11 a.m., the says. The procession will travel north along Atlanta Road, turn right onto South Cobb Drive, head north on Cobb Parkway, turn right onto Blue Springs Road in Acworth, then right onto Old Highway 41, left onto McCollum Parkway in Kennesaw, left on Frey Road and right onto Shiloh Road.

Shiloh Road, which becomes Shallowford Road and then Jamerson Road, will carry's Walsh's body into Northeast Cobb. The procession will then turn left onto Sandy Plains Road, right onto Highway 92 and left onto Mansell Road in Roswell to reach the at 950 Mansell Rd. in Roswell.

Walsh was an infantry platoon leader with the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He is survived by his wife and son, Debbra and Austin Walsh, who live in Raeford, NC, and his parents, Paul and Carolyn Walsh of Kennesaw.

He graduated from Coles College of Business in 2008. In addition to the motorcade passing by the university, a memorial service is planned at Kennesaw State on Friday at 2:30 p.m.

American flags displayed on Main Street in downtown Kennesaw are in honor of Walsh. The motorcade is expected to pass through the area between 11 and 11:30 a.m.

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Kate Ihetu May 02, 2012 at 11:49 AM
May God Bless his wife and son and his parents too. Gone so soon serving our country. RIP
T Patterson May 02, 2012 at 01:39 PM
As a parent of two daughters who went to North Cobb, may I echo Kate's statement: May God bless his wife, infant son, family and friends. So proud and grateful for his service... Tricia Patterson
Shannon Donnelly Rudolph May 02, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Heavy hearted, yet grateful for such sacrifice that continues to ensure our liberties and freedoms; remembering our freedom has never actually been free. We will never take it for granted! For his wife, son and family, we are praying for divine comfort and peace that can only come from God. The Rudolph family
Evan Waldrep May 02, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Rest in peace my brother. Gone but NEVER forgotten!!
Gene Patterson May 02, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Very touching processional today! God Bless this young mans family!
Dwayne M Kilbourne May 02, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Although I only knew him for just under 3 years, it was a great honor to call JP my friend! RIP!
The Simpson Family May 02, 2012 at 04:28 PM
RIP - this man gave all for his country and I really appreciate it. May God bless his family and give them comfort in this most difficult time. To Obama : The war on terror is NOT over.
Mark Graziano May 02, 2012 at 06:55 PM
May we all recognize those who have given their lives to protect our freedoms. John was a great person and a pleasure to be around. My prayers go out to his family and friends.
I love Georgia May 03, 2012 at 06:08 PM
I hurt for the family left behind. May God bless the Walsh family.

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