Created: | Author: Orlando Memory | Name: Jerry Kinsley | Birthplace: near Laceyville, Pennsylvania | Date of Birth: November 17, 1917 | Date of Death: December 9, 2018 | Memory Date: August 12, 2010
World War II Veteran Jerry Kinsley at St. James Cathedral in Orlando, FL, August 12th, 2010.
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Veteran Kinsley served in the 90th Naval Construction Battalion in and around Japan. A contractor by profession, Mr. Kinsley was at work building the plant for the atomic bomb when he quit to serve in the military. He saw many boys coming back from the war who had lost limbs and he thought “I got to do something to help”. He went directly to the volunteer office on Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando and volunteered. A week after bootcamp he was in Pearl Harbor: “It was pretty well shot up. I saw a lot of ships on their sides in the harbor.”
Serving in WWII showed him, “You can help other people.” He is proud he was a part of WWII and that we did win. He says, “It is unbelievable we could be in the spot we were in with nothing and in a year’s time we got more boats, planes, jeeps than there were in the rest of the world. Pretty good accomplishment for the boys fighting in WWII.” Hear his firsthand account of these historic events.