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Homecoming For World War II Navy Veteran Killed Dec. 7, 1941 In Attack On Pearl Harbor

By Staff | May 9, 2017

WILLIAM H. KENNEDY Fireman 1st Class U.S.S. Oklahoma

The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor changed the lives of the people of the United States. History states:

The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory, on the morning of December 7, 1941. The attack, also known as the Battle of Pearl Harbor, led to the United States’ entry into World War II.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed December 7, 1941, to be “a date which will live in infamy”.

On the local level, William H. Kennedy from Titonka perished with his shipmates on the U.S.S. Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor. According to family members, Willie’s mother struggled with the loss of her youngest son. However, she knew that some day he would come home.

The remains of F1c William Henry Kennedy will be flown to Des Moines International Airport this Thursday, May 11. Lorrie and Charley McNally of Emmetsburg will represent the family at the airport, along with their son, Chuck. William Kennedy is a cousin of Lorrie McNally’s father.

The remains of William Kennedy will be escorted to his home of Titonka by member of the Whittemore Freedom Riders along with the Iowa State Patrol.

William Kennedy is coming home, just as his mother had predicted – just in time for Mother’s Day.