“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” -Abraham Lincoln
The PFC Johnny Kihm Memorial Fund at the Philadelphia Foundation (501(C3) Charity) was started on July 13th, 2011 with a team of family and friends to honor the memory of Private First Class John Francis Kihm.
Johnny, a Philadelphia native and graduate of Presentation B.V.M School (’05) / Cardinal Dougherty High School (’09), lost his life while serving in the United States Army in Khandahar, Afghanistan on April 19, 2011. Johnny enlisted in the Army during March of 2010 at the age of 18. After completing basic training at Fort Benning in Georgia, he was stationed in Fort Drum, New York with the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry).
During this time, Johnny proudly served our country as a very humble, compassionate, and dedicated solider. Before adding the role of soldier to his list, Johnny was first and foremost a loving and kind-hearted son, brother, grandson, cousin, nephew, and friend. Johnny had a huge heart and was passionate about many things in life. Some of these passions included the military (starting from the time he was a child), his favorite Philadelphia sports teams (especially the Phillies), wrestling, health and fitness, UFC, a genre of music, and family. We would like to continue to spread the love and kindness that we have experienced and gained from Johnny and his passions, with your help, through his memorial fund.