Local Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Department of Defense has announced the death of a Philadelphia soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Private First Class John F. Kihm, 19, died April 19th in the Kandahar province.

Kihm, who joined the Army in March 2010 and had only served 31 days in Afghanistan, was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

Kihm was the recipient of the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

The Department of Defense did not release the circumstances of his death.

Kihm was a 2009 graduate of Cardinal Dougherty. He enjoyed wrestling and cross country track. His parents tell Eyewitness News he was “very patriotic, but very humble about service.”

He is survived by his mother, father and two older sisters.

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  1. Bill says:

    John,
    God Bless you and your ultimate sacrifice.
    My sincerest condolences to your family, friends and camrades in arms.

    I salute You.
    Bill
    Cardinal Dougherty and US ARMY 1965-1968

  2. JOEY says:

    THANK YOU MY FRIEND FOR PROVIDING FREEDOM TO ME AND MY FAMILY. MAY GOD GIVE YOUR FAMILY STRENGTH DURING THIS TIME.

  3. Bill Gould says:

    I graduated from cardinal Dougherty in 1965, great school. I send my condolences to the family.Bill Gould

    Good effort my friend

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