By ALEXANDRA NEWMAN
“Proven in Battle,” the story of U.S. Army Spc. Jonathan Kephart, killed in
action in Iraq on April 8, 2004 was released on April 8, 2006, the second
anniversary of his death. Spc. Kephart is the brother of Anna Rose of Burns
Harbor. He was born in Valparaiso on Sept. 2, 1982.
The book, written by Jonathan’s father, Burton R. Kephart, relates what the
family went through when word was received that Jonathan was killed in
action only 10 days after arriving in Iraq. Jonathan’s platoon sergeant, who
was in the battle with Jonathan, provided Burton with a detailed account of
the battle, which is included in the book.
Kephart, a gunner, was wounded and continued shooting until his vehicle was
hit with an RPG (rocket propelled grenade). His squad had been ordered to go
to the location of another patrol that had been ambushed. During the 45
minute battle as they headed for the first patrol, some 300 insurgents
According to Sgt. Rossman, Kephart’s bravery and effectiveness saved others
in his squad. He was declared a hero by his peers, superiors, family, and
Purple Heart presented to his family at the funeral verified his heroics.
The book is dedicated to the 12 troops of the Second Squad, Fourth Platoon
of the 230th Military Police Company, 95th Battalion, 16th Brigade,
stationed out of Kaiserslaughtern, Germany, who were on the mission with
Kephart. The others survived.
In his book, Burton speaks of his faith in Jesus Christ and urges the reader
to accept Him as the Savior.
For information about how to receive the book, please call Anna at 787-6924
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org