Retired Army Master Sgt. James L. Keen, 81, of
Fayetteville, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2004, in Womack Army Medical Center
on Fort Bragg.
Mr. Keen served in the Army for 28 years and was a veteran of the Korean
The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in
Rogers and Breece Funeral Home chapel by the Rev. Roger White. Burial
with military honors will be in Main Post Cemetery on Fort Bragg.
The family will receive friends tonight from 5 to 7 at the funeral home.
(The Fayetteville Observer, Fayetteville, NC, 5
Jan 2004 - courtesy of Tedd Cocker)
(courtesy of Larry Gaylord)
Grave markers for James L. and Geraldine W. Keen in
Row 24 Plot 1078 of the Main Post Cemetery, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.
2/Lt Keen was transferred to Company B from an 82nd
Airborne Division Replacement Depot on 23 July 1944 as the regiment
rebuilt strength following the Normandy campaign.
He was awarded the Bronze Service Arrowhead for the
Holland campaign and Airborne operations. During the Ardennes
campaign, Lt. Keen was sent to the hospital on 23 January 1945, possibly
for frostbite. On 23 April 1945 he was transferred to an unknown
hospital for further treatment.
3 January 1946 2nd Lt Keen was listed with Company I, 504th PIR aboard
the Queen Mary sailing from Southampton, England to New York City, NY.
He may have been reassigned solely for purposes of transportation
Apparently he resigned his commission and later
rejoined the army but had to do so as an enlisted man which was not