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Lieut Van Kennon
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Birth: Oct. 28, 1920
Death: Dec. 26, 1944

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Lt. Van Kennon, fighter pilot, United States Army Air Corps has been killed in action, it was disclosed here late Wednesday in a telegram from the War Department in Washington. The message was received by Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Kennon of Belmena, stating their son had been lost. Lt. Kennon was a pilot of a P-39 and lost his life on December 26, 1944, off Luzon in the Philippine Islands. He was 24 years old. He was a volunteer in the Air Corps, receiving his wings at Mission and was later based in Florida getting ready for the war in the Pacific. Lt. Kennon was born and raised in this community. He was killed in action incident to the bitter fighting off Luzon when the Americans began the invasion to drive out the Japs. The Cameron Herald (Cameron, Texas), September 6, 1945, Page 1
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Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Floyd left Wednesday evening to attend re-burial services fo Lieut. Van Kennon, a cousin of Mrs. Floyd's. Lieut. Kennon was killed Dec. 26, 1944, while on a bombing mission in the Pacific area. He and six others were lost at the same time. A mass burial service for the seven servicemen, each from a different state, was held at Zachary Taylor National Park in Kentucky. Parents of Lieut. Kennon are Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Kennon of Cameron. Another cousin is Mrs. W.G. Henderson of Lake Jackson. The Freeport Facts (Freeport, Texas), October 6, 1949, Page 2
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Text from memorial marker placed at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery in Jefferson County, Kentucky --

Robert L Allman S SGT
William E Davies Jr S SGT
Robert J Gaines 2D LT
Richard L Hershey 1ST LT
Van Kennon 1ST LT
James C Smith S SGT
Burwell M Vowell 1ST LT
AIR CORPS
December 26, 1944

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Lt. Van Kennon, United States Army Air Corps, pilots the famous P-39 fighter plane and is now stationed at Thomasville, Georgia. Lt. Kennon has been in the service for three years. He is a volunteer and transferred from the regular army to the air corps. Lt. Kennon received his wings at Mission, Texas, and in September of this year was home on furlough to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Kennon on Route 2, out of Cameron. He was transferred to an air base in Florida where he took a course in plane identification and also a radio course. He is now at Thomasville, Georgia. The Cameron Herald (Cameron, Texas), October 21, 1943, Page 1
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 Parents:
  Alva Lee Kennon (1893 - 1989)
  Maggie Beatrice Hickman Kennon (1898 - 1982)
 
 Sibling:
  Van Kennon (1920 - 1944)
  Billie Jane Kennon (1930 - 1934)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Walkers Creek Cemetery
Cameron
Milam County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: BeNotForgot
Record added: Dec 29, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 122417085
Lieut Van Kennon
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Lieut Van Kennon
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