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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 War.

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.

On 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 uncommon.

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