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JIM: Remembering an old friend, Kenneth Bernard

He was the last surviving sibling of one of South Central Kentucky great families. Jim recounts a brief bit of the World War II service of a Russell Countian will who be respectfully remembered far into the future, Kenneth A. Bernard, Russell Springs, KY (1918-2011)

By "Jim"

Mr. Kenneth Bernard enlisted in the U.S. Army in early September, 1941 - one month after his 23rd birthday and three months before Japan's cowardly attack on Pearl Harbor - and shortly thereafter was sent to the Pacific Theatre of operations. Over three years later, the March 29, 1945 Russell County News carried this brief report:
With the 24th Infantry (Victory) Division in the Philippines (Special dispatch to the Russell County News)--Homeward bound after 38 months of overseas service in the Southwest Pacific is Corporal Kenneth A. Bernard of Russell Springs, Ky.

On duty with this crack Victory Division, Bernard is a veteran of the campaigns in Hollandia, Biak, Leyte and Luzon. He also served in Hawaii and Australia. Infantryman Bernard will spend his furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.H. Bernard of Russell Springs.
The April 19, 1945 edition of the Russell County News carried an article about a family get-together at the family home at Humble, Ky., on Sunday, April 16th, in honor of Kenneth's first furlough home in 43 months. Among those named in attendance was "a Miss Lawless of Jamestown." By the time the article appeared, Miss Lawless was Mrs. Bernard; she and Kenneth were married on Monday, April 17th.

Rest in peace, old friend. - JIM

This story was posted on 2011-07-03 10:12:10
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