Cpl. John Raymond Kaithern


(J. Kaithern)

Cpl. John Raymond Kaithern

Unit 97 Service Group, HQ & HQ Squadron, Detachment A
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Army Serial Number = 33593839
Known to his family as Raymond
09 January 1920 - Born in Kensington Hospital for Women, Phila., PA.
15 January 1936 - Employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, Accounting Dept. as a Messenger Boy
26 March 1943 - Inducted into Active Military Service at New Cumber land, PA
29 March 1943 - Sent to Atlantic City, NJ for basic training (USAAF Tech Training Center No.7)
07 May 1943 - Transferred to Columbus, OH
08 May 1943 - Assigned to HQ & HQ Sdn., 97th SG, Medical Section
11 May 1943 - Departed for Fort Dix, NJ
19 July 1943 - Promoted to Corporal
28 July 1943 - Departed Fort Dix and arrived at Camp Kilmer, NJ
06 August 1943 - Departed Camp Kilmer, arrived New York City and boarded RMS Athlone Castle
17 August 1943 - Docked at Liverpool, England.
18 August 1943 - Arrived at USAAF Station F-367, Kingscliffe
14 September 1943 - Transferred with Det 'A' to Station F-131, Nuthampstead
17 April 1944 - Transferred to Station F-159, Wormingford
29 July 1945 - Transferred to USAAF Station R-70, Kaufbeuren, Germany
25 October 1945 - Transferred to HQ & HQ Sdn., 34th Air Depot Grp, Station R-78, Landsberg, Germany
07 January 1946 - Departed Station R-78 for rotation back to the US
11 January 1946 - Arrived at Camp Top Hat, Antwerp, Belgium
16 January 1946 - Departed Camp Top Hat and boarded S.S. Robert M.T. Hunter (Liberty Ship)
02 February 1946 - Arrived at Staten Island, NY, and transported to Camp Kilmer, NJ
04 February 1946 - Departed Camp Kilmer and arrived at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation
06 February 1946 - Discharged from military service
28 February 1987 - Retired from Conrail
11 September 2009 - Passed away

Memories "2/28/87 : JRK continued his employment through P.R.R., PENN/ Central Transportation Company and Conrail until this date when he was downsized/job abolished and forced into retirement after 51 years, 1.5 months service into retirement at the age of 67.
After a few weeks he began to love retirement and wondered why he wasted 51 + years working".
(J. Kaithern 20 March 2006)
Additional Photo John Kaithern receiving his 55th FG & 442nd ASG Medallion at the 2008 reunion in Omaha, NE. (R. Abbey)
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