World War II Photos of Kenneth McClave, Jr.
Kenneth McClave, Jr. was born on October 24, 1916, in the middle of the Great War, WWI. His father, although at 27 prime age to serve, was stricken with polio and did not serve in WWI. After graduating from the University of Alabama in 1937, Kenneth went to work in the family lumber business until the outbreak of WWII for the U.S. following the attack on Pearl Harbor. He completed Officer Training School, was commissioned a second lieutenant, and had what most would describe as a dream assignment--a military police officer, whose job it was to escort German and Italian prisoners of war to camps in the U.S. The first images in this gallery are of his years in that assignment, many months in Rochester, NY. He wanted though to get to the front and kept applying and being turned down for the paratrooper corps. Finally, they accepted him, and he became a paratrooper with the Eleventh Airborne Division. The final images in the gallery are of his service on Okinawa and in Japan, as literally among the first thousand U.S. soldiers to set foot on Japan, following the capitulation on August 15, 1945. He returned to the U.S. on Christmas Eve day, 1945.Read More