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Kenneth R. Cuddeback, 75, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, in Mercy Iowa City following heart surgery. Services: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jones & Eden Funeral Home, Washington, by the Rev. Jung Sook Kim. Burial: Elm Grove Cemetery, with military rites. Friends may call after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, where the family will be present from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Survivors include his wife, Marion; two sons, Jim of Washington and Larry of Brighton; a daughter, Janet Sharpe of Matlock, Wash.; a stepsister, Eleanor Wolf of Washington; and two stepbrothers, Robert Swift of Washington and Leon Swift of Racine, Wis.

Also surviving is a special person who lived with the Cuddebacks, Vicky and husband Luis Guillen of Harlingen, Texas.

(The Gazette, Cedar Rapids-Iowa City, IA, 21 Mar 2000, Page 5 - courtesy of Tedd Cocker)

(courtesy of "Mary E.")

Grave marker for the Cuddeback family and a close-up of Kenneth Cuddeback's faceplate in the Elm Grove Cemetery, Washington (Washington County), Iowa.

Kenneth enlisted on February 10 1944 at Camp Dodge, Herrold, IA.. 

On  July 16, 1943 the South Carolina, Clemson University Student Military Service Records, listed him as a trainee in the Second Company, Service Command Unit, 3413 ASTP, Clemson Agricultural University, SC.

After basic training Kenneth was sent to Europe as a replacement.  In England, Pvt Cuddeback volunteered for parachutist training. He qualified as a parachutist and was selected for additional training as a communications specialist.

Kenneth completed the communications school program and was assigned to the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) in Nottingham.

Special Order #115 issued by the Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 508th PIR shows that Pfc Cuddeback was transferred into the company from the 82nd Airborne on 23 July 44 as one of the replacements for Normandy losses and in time for the Holland Campaign

Kenneth remained within the H1 1st Company for the remainder of the war.

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