At the time
of Kenneth's enlistment he stated his occupation was a Locomotive fireman.
The documents shown above
from the files of the Northern Pacific Railway Company showing that
Kenneth entered employment on17 June 1940 at the wage rate of 59 cents
per hour,. He also committed to have an automatic payroll deduction for
the Northern Pacific Beneficial Association.
Organized in 1882, the
Association provided medical, surgical and hospital care for Northern
Pacific employees. It was responsible for the creation of seven
hospitals dedicated to the railway's employees around the country
including one at Pasco, Washington
Although he had requested
a position of a Helper in Car Repair, he was apparently placed as a
"Fire Builder" which may have meant he stoked the locomotive boiler.
enlistment caused a break in service until he returned from overseas.
Although the reason is
unknown, he resigned from the railway without notice on 24 May 1946.
This was despite the fact that his original paperwork stated that he
would give 10 days notice before leaving the job. It is not known
what he did for work after that although he did not leave his home area.
Grave markers for Kenneth J. Brickey in City View
Cemetery, Pasco (Franklin), WA.
in the Army at Spokane, WA on 20 July 1944. Little else is known
of his military service other than the fact that he was awarded the Good
Conduct Medal through the 508th's General Order No. 29 on 11 July 1945.
At that time he was a member of Hq 2nd but had undoubtedly transferred
in some where in the preiod two months, a period that we do not have
Morning Repors for.
Brickey was amongst the Company B. 504th PIR personnel that were aboard
the Queen Mary when it arrived in New York City Harbor on 3 January 1946
after setting sail in Southampton, England.