Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 4, 2008, Alton, Illinois
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♦> Our Everyday people ❖ VETERANS
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Vet survived kamikaze attack
By LAURA GRIFFITH
World War II veteran Gus Kennel turned 101 last Thursday and still remembers his war experiences from many years ago
He served in the Navy not once, not twice, but three times Altogether, he spent 20 years in the service.
The first time he was drafted, the Bethalto resident said The second time, he joined of his own will
“I was too young for World War I,” Kennel said.
During his World War II service, he remembers being on a ship when it was attacked by Japanese kamikaze aircraft. It was during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, he said.
“I had a 45-caliber (pistol) in my hand,” he said. “The plane was flying under the guns.” Then, one flew into the side of the ship “We didn’t sink, but we were in pretty bad shape," he said. “I got banged up bad.”
The crew had to run the pumps to keep the ship from going down and were forced to take it back to Hawaii for repairs.
Kennel was lucky not to be a casualty. He doesn’t remember today how many were But he was thrown into a wall, injuring his lower three vertebrae, he said.
His hand also got smashed up in the incident, causing him to go on disability when he left the Navy.
Because of his injuries, Kennel was offered a Purple Heart but turned it down.
The Telegraph/LAURA GRIFFITH
World War ll veteran Gus Kennel, 101, spent 20 years In the service. He remembers being on a ship when It was attacked by Japanese kamikaze aircraft during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
“He thought it was for the more critically injured,” said one of his nurses, Myra Long, of Morning Star Home Health Care in Bethalto.
Long said a relative of Kennel’s is trying to see whether he still can get those medals after all this time.
When the war was over, Kennel ran a gas station in Meadowbrook, he said.
Kennel and his wife, Anna (Zupan) Kennel, lived in Florida for near
ly 50 years before moving back to the area to be around family. They had been in Bethalto almost a year before she died July 3 of an infection while recovering from a broken hip Long said she had Alzheimer’s disease but otherwise was in good physical health.
“I miss her very much,” Kennel said. “She was my sweetie.”
The two were married 71 years.
All that Kennel has experienced in his life
might never have been, had it not been for a woman who saved him as a baby, he said.
He tells the story with pride to all who will listen.
Kennel was supposed to die as a baby because his mother couldn’t provide him with the milk he needed to survive. Luckily, another woman took that responsibility as her own.
To this day, he wishes he could have found her, he said.
Send your WWII Veterans' Voices ideas to Telegraph Executive Editor Dan Brannan, P.O Box 278, Alton, IL 62002, e-mail Brannan at [email protected]
or call at 463-2560
Bethalto Fine Arts Boosters:
7 p.m.. The Commons, Civic Memorial High School, Bethalto; (618) 259-5291.
Town and Country 4-H Club: 6:30 p.m., Bethalto Senior Citizens Center For boys and girls ages 8 to 19; (618) 377-8588.
Bingo: 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, Granite City, (314) 397-4125.
Bingo: 7 p.m., Edwardsville American Legion Post 199; (618) 656-6355
Nicotine Anonymous: 7 p m.,
St. Clare's Hospital, Alton; (618) 377-6107
Fresh Bread Supper Club: 7 p.m., New Hope Baptist Church, Hartford; support group for persons recovering from chemical or emotional dependencies; (618) 259-2058.
Al-Anon: 9:30 a m., Second Baptist Church, Granite City, 7 p.m., First Christian Church, Edwardsville; 8 p.m., Elm Street Presbyterian Church, Alton; (618) 463-2429
Take Off Pounds Sensibly: 9:15 a.m., Madison Mutual Insurance Building, Route 157,
Edwardsville; 5:30 p.m., Piasa Township Hall, Brighton; 5:30 p.m., Community Christian Church, Alton; 6 p.m. Brown Street Baptist Church, Alton; (618) 465-6531 or
Red Cross blood drive: 3 to 7
p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, Bethalto.
Farmers and Artisans Market: 4 p m, to dusk, N. State St, and Exchange, Jerseyville; (618)498-2913.
Big Band era performers Broadway on the Driveway:
6:30 p.m., Hayner Main Library, Alton. Register: (800) 613-3163.
5A's thrift sale: 10 a rn. to 3 p.m., 5A's Thrift Shop, 63.2 N. Wood River Ave., Wood River; (618) 254-0635.
Kiwanis of Alton-Godfrey: 6 p.m., Johnson's Corner, Alton; (618)466-3819.
Bethalto Kiwanis: Noon, Bethalto Village Hall; (618) 377-6030.
Segway Tour: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.. National Great Rivers Museum, Alton. $80, register at (800) 258-6645.
Jesse and Julia (Griffin) Scroggins of Bunker Hill, a son, Christopher Glenn, 7 pounds I ounce, 4:01 p m Friday, July 18, 2008, Saint Anthony’s Hospital, Alton. Elder children: Noah, 4; Jesse Jr., I. Grandparents: Melba
Griffin, Collinsville; Bonnie Scroggins, Barb Scroggins, both of Bunker Hill Great-grandparents: Glen and Carolyn Scroggins; Dave and Jane Diestlehorst, both of Bunker Hill.
Thomas Jr. and Amy (Goss) Brand of Hartford, a son, Chance Mathew Thomas, 7 pounds 12 ounces, 6:17 p m. Thursday, July 17, 2008, Saint Anthony’s Hospital, Alton Elder children: Dylan, 16
Chris, 15; Travis, 12 Brandon, IO; Laney, 9 Luke, 6. Grandparents Thomas and Sandra Brand, Bethalto; Larry and Mary Goss, Brighton. Great-grandparents: Lucille Weigle, Little Rock, Ark.
Area hospitals have forms for release by parents. Out-of-town births may be called in at 463-2564 or (800) 477-1447
PET OF THE WEEK
Peppy is a ’roomie' at the Metro East Humane Society. His front paws are declawed and he is neutered. He is a 2-year-old Birman mix, which gives him those large blue eyes According to the Cat Fanciers Association, the Birman cat is believed to have originated in Burma, where it was considered sacred. To adopt Peppy, contact MEHS at (618) 656-4405.
The Inspirational Quote of the Week
By Jim Clayivell Financial Advisor with Edward Jones
“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some”.
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MAKING SENSE OF INVESTING
The Alton Senior High school Class of 1938 met for a Class Reunion in August 1959. Class members included, seated, Lou Thompson, Jeanette Rosenberger, Doris Miller, Mary Alice Paris, Lucille Nickell, Velma Craves, Rosemary Rose, Dorothy Johnson, Regina Watson, Mary Hull, Mary Early. Margaret Elder; standing, Carl Bailey, Ruth Rowling, Mary Godwin, Bernice McOuigg, Ruth Spaniel, Dorothy Loellke, Mildred Reed, Durant Abernathy, Adele Atkins, Betty Hartford, Bill Roettgers, Agnes Simpson, Thurston Howard, Helen Sandlow, Mary Kodros, Wallace Whipple, Herbert Etter and Irving Wiseman. Photo submitted by Mary McDaniel.
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Compiled bv CHARLOTTE STETSONAUG. 4, 1983
■ After weeks of battling over defense and foreign policy, Congress was taking up national health insurance for the unemployed and other domestic issues before adjourning for more than a month. An extension of the federal revenue-sharing program for local governments and measure to tighten controls over toxic wastes and to bail out the Railroad Retirement System also were on tap. The House was due to act on a bill that would establish the third Monday in January as a national holiday for Martin Luther King Jr.
AUG. 4, 1958
■ The Merry Mixers Square Dance Club held their fourth anniversary celebration at the Eagles Hall with 200 square dancers participating. The Merry Mixers were one of several square dance clubs in the area that danced in the modern western style. Mr. and Mrs, Guy Kinder of Granite City were crowned king and queen of the dance.
■ Dolores Cathorall of Fosterburg won the grand championship in flower arrangements in a 4-H Club competition at Madison County Fair. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Cathorall.AUG. 4, 1933
■ The will of Miss Isabelle Grimes, a daughter of Jersey County’s first white resident, was admitted to probate in Jersey County Court. Five churches benefited under the provisions of her will. After those, and personal bequests, the remainder was to be placed in trust for educational purposes, and to be known as the Isabelle Grimes Educational Fund. Five trustees would administer the fund.
■ The 5-cent loaf of bread was no more. Alton bakers announced a 1-cent increase in the price of the smallest loaf.