Brothers of President John F. Kennedy


Section 45

Please note: The John F. Kennedy gravesite will reopen to the public beginning Saturday, October 3. 

•  Pedestrian traffic will be one way, and ANC will provide directional signage to guide visitors. The one-way route will guide visitors to the right side of the Kennedy quotation wall and exit them to the left, near Joseph Kennedy’s memorial marker. 

•  Cemetery staff request that all visitors follow the directions provided, avoid moving any barriers and ask for assistance when needed.

•  Click here for a map with walking directions

Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (1915-1944)

The eldest of nine children born to Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. was a World War II U.S. Navy pilot. Sent to England in the fall of 1943 to fly B-24's with the British Naval Command, he was killed in an accident over the English Channel on August 12, 1944, while flying a top-secret bombing mission. His remains were not recovered. His memorial marker stands feet away from the graves of his youngest brother, Edward M. Kennedy, near the eternal flame that marks the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross (the second highest award for valor), a Distinguished Flying Cross, an Air Medal and a Purple Heart.

Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968)

One of President John F. Kennedy's two younger brothers, Robert F. Kennedy was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran who served as attorney general, senator and 1968 Democratic presidential candidate. On June 5, 1968, he was shot in Los Angeles, shortly after winning the California Democratic primary. He died the next morning. Renowned architect I.M. Pei designed his gravesite, which features a simple, white Christian cross and a granite plaza, like that of JFK's adjoining gravesite. Its inscriptions contain memorable quotes from RFK's 1968 presidential campaign and a 1966 speech that he gave in South Africa. 

Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009)

Senator Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy, JFK's youngest sibling, died from brain cancer on August 25, 2009. The third-longest-serving member of the Senate in U.S. history, Senator Kennedy represented Massachusetts for 43 years. He was interred in Section 45, approximately 100 feet to the south of his brother Robert F. Kennedy, on the evening of August 29, 2009. His grave is marked by a white wooden cross and a marble footstone. He was eligible for burial in Arlington National Cemetery by virtue of his service in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953, and his Senate service. 

► More about the Kennedy family, from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.