Letters kept soldiers informed


June 2, 2023

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Cloquet VFW Post 3979 Commander Ron Stigers, right, and VFW Post Adjutant and Chaplain Troy Smith, left, pose for a photo with Edward Kennedy's grandchildren Mary Vergin and David Brower, Sunday afternoon. The Hebert-Kennedy VFW Post 3979 in Cloquet is named after Wallace and Jack Kennedy, two Cloquet brothers who died in WWII. The VFW is paying to add a stone to the Kennedy family gravesite honoring Wallace Kennedy, who was interred in North Africa.

Last Saturday a small group gathered in Hillcrest Cemetery to recognize a family of heroes: the Edward and Mabel Kennedy family of Cloquet.

The Hebert-Kennedy VFW Post 3979 in Cloquet is named after the family's two sons, John

"Jack" and Wallace "Bud" Kennedy. The brothers died within two months of each other in 1943, in Air Force battles over Sicily. Jack, 20, was a tailgunner and went missing after his plane was hit over the Mediterranean Sea on May 25. Wallace, 23, piloted a P-38. He died when his plane was hit and crashed on July 9. He is buried in a military cemetery in Tunisia, North...

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