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D-Day survivor 29th Division Captain Uniforms


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I believe I have posted on these briefly before but I couldn’t find the post and have learned much more since I first received them.

 

These two coats belonged to Captain William F Kenney, C Company, 115th Regiment , 29th Division. Kenney and his men landed at 1025 on June 6th at Fox Green Beach at Omaha. After helping to secure the site, they pushed onwards to the south of St. Laurent, getting there by dark. They suffered heavy fire from mortars, snipers, machine guns, and anything else the Germans could throw at them.

 

He became company commander two weeks after the initial landings and continued on in this capacity until the end of the war. Kenney would be awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, and the Croix de Guerre with Star and oak leaves.

 

These uniforms mean a lot to me, as this man hails from Paris, Kentucky. It is always inspiring for me to see the valor of our Kentucky boys during the war.

 

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His ribbons

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The 115th landing on the beach

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GEN. David R. Atchinson- MO State Guard              ACW

PVT. John H. Drury- Co. A, 27th Ky IR                      ACW               Died of Typhoid

PVT. Henry E. Thomas- Co. I, 17th Ky IR                  ACW

PVT. Joseph E. Drury- Co. E, 356th IR, 89th ID       WWI                WIA

SGT. Edward P. Drury- 51st QM Training Co.           WWII

PFC. Delmer C. Koonter- Co. I, 142nd IR, 36th ID    WWII              WIA

SC3c Michael C. Drury- LCS (L) (3) 70                     WWII

SGT. Steven D. Koonter- 5th Cav, 1st Cav Div         Vietnam

SGT. John M. Drury- 227th AVN Bn. 1st Cav Div     Vietnam

 

Contact me with items from the 36th Infantry Division or any IDd uniforms of European Theater Infantry Divisions

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