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Biography
Kenneth Calvit
Kenneth L. Calvit, Baton Rouge National Convention 1998
 
Last Name:
CALVIT
First Name Middle Initial:
KENNETH L.
Nick Name:
Ken
Street:  City & State: BATON ROUGE, LA E-Mail: 
Zip: 70809 Phone:  504-927-2750 Spouse:
Conflict: WW II Service Branch: Army Air Corps Unit: 37th Bomb
Theater: Pacific Where Captured: Cuyo Island Date Captured: 05/02/42
Camps Held In: How Long Interned:
Liberated / repatriated: liberated Date Liberated: 44 Age at Capture: 21
Medals Received: BRONZE STAR MEDAL, PRISONER OF WAR MEDAL, PURPLE HEART, PHILIPPINE CAMPAIGN MEDAL
Military Job: Private Company: Acme Marble & Granite Company 
Occupation after War:  Granite

 

Bio:

Kenneth is a Veteran of WWII Pacific Theater and served with the 27 Branch of the Army Air Corps as a Private.  Kenneth was captured on Cuyo Island May 2nd 1942 at the age of 21.  He was interned 3.5 years including being transferred via Japanese Warship to Japan in Aug 17, 1944  The convoy was attacked by American Subs around Formosa an oil tanker was sunk. However Kenneth reached Japan and was forced to work in a copper mine until liberated.  One detail in Philippines included the building of the Tayabas highway with detail of 300 men.  Over a 6 week period only 75 survived.  Kenneth was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, POW Metal and Philippine campaign medal.

After the war Kenneth used the GI bill and was employed by Acme Marble & Granite Company. 

 

Message to Future Generations:

Kenneth's message to future generations is that the "Human body.... can stand the worst adversarial conditions if one keeps his mind strong."

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