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Lieutenant Colonel Howard Dreher Kinney Jr., US Army retired, died February 20, 2006.

Born December 4, 1919 in Philadelphia. Received BS in Forestry from Penn State University in 1941, member TOA Fraternity. Wartime service in WWII with 82nd Airborne Division, Korea with 2nd Infantry Division, and Vietnam with 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Commanded 6th Special Forces Group (Airborne) from 1968 to 1969. Retired from the Army in 1970 with 19 US and 8 foreign decorations.

Second career with the Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Member of Gatesville, Texas Lodge #197 AF & AM and accepted in the Scottish Rite, Columbus, Georgia.

Survivors: Carl Seipt (Uncle), his wife, Dorothy Hayes Kinney, and two children, Patricia L. Crawford, Howard Dreher Kinney III, 2 grandchildren, 1 step grandchild, and 2 great grandsons. Predeceased by parents and grandson, Ian Dreher Kinney.

[The Fayetteville Observer, Fayetteville, NC, 1 Mar 2006]


On 21 January 1950, Howard submitted this Pennsylvania WWII Veterans Bonus application.  He was then a Captain, stationed at Camp Campbell, KY with Hq 3rd Battalion, 187th Airborne Regiment.

Note that he documented his daughter Patricia Lynne, age 6 years, 1 month as living with his parents.  No mention is made of other family members

Yet on 12 July 1956, and subsequent travel records list not only Patricia but also her mother and younger brother.

On 10 May 1954, Dorothy, Patricia (10) and Howard D, II (19 months) departed Seattle, WA aboard the USNS Gen. Freeman bound for Okinawa, Japan.

After Howard's tour in Okinawa was up, his family boarded the USNS General Gaffey departing the island on 12 July 1956 and arriving in San Francisco 13 days later.

Grave marker for Howard D. Kinney in Section 64, Grave 4452, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington (Arlington county), Virginia.

On 6 October 1944, captain Kinney was transferred from Hq 82nd Airborne Division,  Leicester England, to Service Company, 508th PIR.

The officers roster in the Quarters at L 2 Im Burgfeld, Frankfurt showed him as the Personnel officer, his date of rank as captain was 16 June 1944.



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