Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Army 1
26 Jan 1923 2
1923 1
Atlanta, Georgia 3
Georgia 1

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Leonard O Kitchens Jr 1
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
26 Jan 1923 2
1923 1
Atlanta, Georgia 3
Georgia 1
Place: Cobb County, Georgia 1

World War II 1

Army 1
Enlistment Date:
01 Dec 1942 1
Army Branch:
Air Corps 1
Army Serial Number:
14142381 1
Enlistment Place:
Ft McPherson Atlanta Georgia 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
Clerks, general office 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
09 Jun 1967 Earned an Associate Degree in Electronics Technology after attending night school for a number of years. 4
Source Information:
Box Number: 0162 1
Film Reel Number: 2.19 1

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My Dad, a World War II Veteran

This man was my father.  He served in World War II in the 7th Army Air Corps., 30th (Heavy Bombardment) Group, 27th Squadron.  He served in the Pacific Theater.  I have information as to his service, including names of many of the men with whom he served.  He passed away this year, on May 21, 2013, at the age of ninety (90).  He is sorely missed.  He served simultaneously with his brother [one of three (3) other siblings], Jefferson RAY Kitchens.  His brother, Ray, served in the European Theater of War, landing on Normandy, x-no. days after the initial invasion. 

I, his daughter, a charter member of the WWII Museum in New Orleans, have honored him with a remembrance brick to recognize his service during the war.    

A Little About Leonard's Parents and His Family

Leonard is the son of Leonard Oscar Kitchens, Sr. and Myrtis Virginia Couch.  He is the first of four children born to Leonard and Myrtis.  His father, my grandfather, was an Atlanta City Fireman, who worked his way up from driver to a captain.  The last fire his father fought was the famous Winecoff Hotel fire in downtown Atlanta.  Both his parents were from Paulding County, Georgia.  They moved to Atlanta and set up housekeeping there, after they were married on July 4, 1920, at the Dallas, Georgia (Paulding County) Courthouse.  Leonard, Sr.'s father was William Oscar Kitchens, and his mother was (Mary Catherine, as per census information) "Missouri" Nichols.  Both of them, i.e. Oscar and Missouri, are buried at Pine Ridge (used to be Methodist) Church on Highway 61 in Paulding County, Georgia. 

Leonard' maternal grandparents are Jefferson Davis Couch and Malinda C. "Lindy" Daniel.  They were both from Paulding County, Georgia, as well.  They are both buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Paulding County, Georgia, near the town of Dallas, Georgia.  Jefferson Davis was originally from Coweta County, but his mother moved the family to Paulding after Jeff's father was killed during the Civil War near Meridian, Mississippi, only sixty-one (61) days after his enlistment date of March 4, 1862.  James Allen Couch is buried in the Lauderdale Springs Confederate States of America Cemetery in Lauderdale, Mississippi (Find A Grave Memorial  #51435562).  He left behind a young widow and three young sons.  

Leonard's beloved wife, Edna; his parents; his brother Ray and sister-in-law Betty; and brother-in-law Harold Holbrook  are buried in the Kitchens Family Cemetery plot adjacent to Mt. Harmony Baptist Church, in Mableton, Georgia.  Our family has attended Mt. Harmony Baptist Church since the Leonard's and Myrtis' move from Atlanta to Leland/Mableton, Georgia since 1939.  Leonard, Jr. served as a Sunday School teacher of young children as a young father, and as a deacon beside his father in the church.  He was a devout husband and the best Daddy in the world to my brother and me.  He proved to be a wonderful role model as a father [and later as a grandfather of four] in countless ways.  One way which especially "stood out" was that of a life-long learner.  He went to school as an adult at night to earn a degree in "Electronics Technology", graduating in 1967, enabling him to attain a better position at his place of employment, Southern Railway, where he worked 42+ years.  The Honorable Senator Herman Talmadge spoke at his graduation ceremony in Marietta, Georgia.

My Dad, who had been a widower since 1991, was blessed to live to see his two (2) great grandchildren. 


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