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[courtesy of "Kristy M."]

Grave marker for Joseph C. Kienly, Jr. in Arroyo Grande Cemetery, Arroyo Grande (San Luis Obispo county), California.

Joseph entered the Army on 27 July 1934 although there is no enlistment record.  It is believed that he was initially a reservist and earned a commission within that service branch.

Based on Department of Veterans Affairs records Joseph re-enlisted on 24 April 1942 but his rank at that time is no known.

1/Lt Kienly was transferred Company D, 508th PIR from the 551st PIR on  29 January 1945.  On 1 April 1945 he was transferred to Regimental Headquarters Company.

On 31 May 1945 1/Lt Kienly was transferred to the 82nd Airborne Division Headquarters.

Following WWII Joseph continued to serve as a reservist and retired as a Major on 30 June 1955.

His military decorations include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

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