May 28, 1910 (Norwalk, CT) – December 19, 1967 (San Mateo, CA); 57 years old
Local address: 21 Riverside Avenue and 1 Random Road, Norwalk
Enlisted on December 4, 1942
Serial number 31272561
Unit: 985th Field Artillery Battalion

Born to George (1880-1957) and Delia Donnellan Keene (1877-1952). Brother John (1905-1989), Edgar (1912-1981). Sisters Edith Keene Carvutto (1915-1941) and Mary Keene Lee (1918-1996).

Wounded in action in Italy on January 3, 1945. Received the Purple Heart Medal.

The 985th Field Artillery Battalion was created from the Headquarters of the 2nd Battalion 121st Field Artillery Regiment and Batteries D, E, and F that mobilized on October 15, 1940.  The unit had been previously reorganized as the 2nd Battalion 173rd Field Artillery Regiment between February 1, 1942, and February 23, 1943.  Between mobilization in 1940 and release from active service in 1945, the Battalion was Commanded by Lt Col Kellog W. Harkins. 

The Battalion earned the following Campaign credit during WWII:

Naples – Foggia
Po Valley
Rome Arno
North Apennines

A map of their locations during WWII can be seen HERE.

Buried in Skylawn Memorial Park, Highway 92 at Skyline Boulevard, San Mateo, California; Veterans Section, Section A, Lot 219, Space 1. Photo contributed by Shani Kafka, Family Service Advisor, Skylawn Memorial Park.


Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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