Interview with Joe D. Kenney, January 8, 2019

Project: Scott County (Kentucky) Public Library: Scott County Veterans Oral History Project

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This interview is with Joe D. Kenney - a Korean War veteran who served as a mechanic in the Air Force. Kenney talks about growing up poor during the Great Depression and moving around northern and central Kentucky as his dad moved between jobs. Kenney talks about playing minor league baseball in Kentucky before enlisting in the Air Force after high school. He discusses his time spent during the Korean War in both Okinawa and on the Korean peninsula and shares a few stories of men he knew who died during the war. He talks about domestic life after he returned from his first tour, and then goes on to discuss his service in the Air Force after Korea, which included restoring the B-17 bomber "Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby", which is now on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. Kenney shares a few other stories of his experiences serving during the height of the Cold War before concluding the interview.

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2019oh1376_scplv0003

Interviewee Name

Joe D. Kenney

Interviewer Name

James Bartek

Interview Date

2019-01-08

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Kenney, Joe D. Interview by James Bartek. 08 Jan. 2019. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Kenney, J.D. (2019, January 08). Interview by J. Bartek. Scott County (Kentucky) Public Library: Scott County Veterans Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Kenney, Joe D., interview by James Bartek. January 08, 2019, Scott County (Kentucky) Public Library: Scott County Veterans Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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