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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: January 27, 1917
Date of death: February 28, 1942
Age: 25

Lucky Bag

1939 Kollmyer LB.jpg

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:




The far-reaching arm of the Navy dragged Kenny forth from the cornfields of Iowa. He began his naval career by reporting late for his physical exam. The reason — he overslept. Kenny is a potential star man but he is firmly convinced that eight hours sleep are insufficient and therefore his evening study hours becomes his evening siesta. His habitual smile, his thoughtful consideration and his bright and cheerful "good morning" make him a desirable roommate. His inherent good humor and seemingly endless knowledge of subjects of general interest make him an ideal addition to any bull session. When Kenny receives his commission the Navy will receive an officer and a gentleman who will be ready and willing to carry on the customs and traditions of the Service.

Golf 3, 1; 1 P.O.


Kenneth was lost when USS Houston (CA 30) was sunk on on March 1, 1942 during the Battle of Sunda Strait.

He has one memory marker in Texas and another in Iowa.

His parents were listed as next of kin.

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Class of 1939
Kenneth is one of 75 members of the Class of 1939 in Memorial Hall.
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