Kenneth Snavely was 26 years old in 1943 when he traveled to Manchester, England on the Queen Mary to help build hangers for the United States Air Force. He served in the Air Force from 1943 to the end of the war in 1946. Of the 16.1 million US troops that served during World War II, Kenneth is one of only 500,000 surviving today. He is a very active veteran too! He still marches every year in Centerville, Ohio's 4th of July Parade. This past July 24th, Kenneth celebrated his 100th birthday!
Kenneth was married to his wife, Lovinia for over 50 years, and the two had a son and a daughter together. Lovinia passed away in 2008. Kenneth still goes to their favorite restaurant every Saturday night for dinner.
This year, after supporting the National Home for many years, Kenneth was able to see the Home for the first time. He came with three other members of his post, VFW Post #9550 in Dayton, OH. Everyone congratulated him on his birthday, and lots of people wanted to have their picture taken with him.
Thank you for your service, Kenneth. We are so glad we had the opportunity to visit with you on Ohio Day this year!