Today, I’d like to highlight one of our beloved residents at Regency Grande, Kenneth R. Williams!
Kenneth had a distinguished military career in defense of our country.
- August 17, 1942 – enlisted in the Navy in NYC
- Sept. 19, 1942 – Finished boot camp in Newport, Rhode Island
- Oct 1, 1942 – Attended Hospital Corpsman School, Portsmouth, VA
- Oct 17, 1944 – departed Seattle Wa. for Pearl Harbor with USS Hull DD350
- Oct. 23, 1944 – Arrived at Pearl Harbor, USS Gregory operated with an aircraft carrier for 3 months.
- Feb 1, 1945 – while cruising aboard his military ship (EM-2 Peterson G.V.), Kenneth fell overboard as the ship was making 25 knots! He was recovered, of course.
- Was at Iwo Jima in March of 1945 and was credited with shooting down 1 aircraft, 3 guns, 1 tank, 2 vehicles and 2 drifting/floating mines.
Kenneth is a member of:
- Iwo Jima Survivors Association INC.
- Veterans of Foreign Wars – Life Member, Boontown Post 242
- American Legion
- Kamikaze Survivors Association
- National Navy Memorial – Plank Owner – Washington D.C.
- Tribute to a Generation Organization – Charter Member
- National Association of Destroyer Veterans (Tin Can Sailors)
- Tin Can Sailors of New Jersey.
Today, Kenneth calls Regency Grande Post-Acute Rehabilitation and Nursing Center his home and we are forever blessed to have him as one of our family.
God bless you Kenneth!
You are a true American Patriot and a true American Hero.
We salute you!