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Marine Names Son After Corpsman Who Saved His Life in Afghanistan

"We're super excited to have him," Retired Marine Sgt. Marshall Kennedy said.

"We're super excited to have him," Retired Marine Sgt. Marshall Kennedy said.

At 8 pounds 13 ounces, Kellen Jason Kennedy, came into this world the morning of September 12th.

Unlike his two older brothers, Kellen will not face his father's deployment.

"Kellen's going to grow up in one house and not move like four different states," Chelsie Kennedy said.

After reenlisting twice,  Sgt. Marshall Kennedy was fighting in Afghanistan when he stepped on an IED and lost both legs and severely injured his left arm.

With the help of one man in particular, Kennedy survived the explosion.

"His middle name is named after Marshall's Corpsman who worked on him when he was injured in Afghanistan," Chelsie said. 

"When I got injured, he was the first, my first responder," Marshall said. 

Hospital Corpsman Jason Martinez gave the Kennedy family the greatest gift of life. So in return, the family wanted to honor him with a similar gift.

"He's really smart, really confident, you know he wasn't cocky, he was really confident. I didn't have an ounce of fear in a sense of him doing something wrong on me. He did everything that was supposed to be done right, obviously that's why I'm here."

"We always wanted our children to have their names have some sort of meaning to it. And you know, ironically, Jason does mean healer. Obviously you appreciate somebody a little bit more when they pretty much save your life," Marshall said.


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