Calvit, Baton Rouge National Convention 1998
Name Middle Initial:
& State: BATON ROUGE, LA
Branch: Army Air Corps
Captured: Cuyo Island
/ repatriated: liberated
at Capture: 21
Received: BRONZE STAR MEDAL, PRISONER OF WAR MEDAL, PURPLE
HEART, PHILIPPINE CAMPAIGN MEDAL
Acme Marble & Granite Company
after War: Granite
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