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9 Kenneth England

Name
Kenneth England
Position
Guard
Class
Junior
Hometown (Last School)
Campbellsburg, KY
Ht
6'1"
Wt
180
Seasons
1940-41, 1941-42
Birthday
December 16, 1921

Biography – “K” Men Who Died in World War II, Kentucky Program (December 9, 1950)

ENGLAND, Capt. Kenneth Haynes, 24, B.S. in Agri. ’42, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert H. England of Campbellsburg. While at the University of Kentucky, he was an outstanding basketball player. During the war he commanded [Company M of the 85th Regiment of] the 10th Mountain Division, the only ski troop in America. In December of 1944 he left for duty in Italy. He led the division in taking Mt. Belvedere from the Nazis, for which he won the Bronze Star. In the final campaign in Italy he died of wounds received while crossing a mine field on April 14, 1945. Besides the Bronze Star he had been awarded the Silver Star. An athletic field in Italy was named England Field.

Kentucky Alumnus Vol. 3, No. 18, 1947

ENGLAND, Capt. Kenneth Haynes, 24, B.S. in Agr. ’42, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert H. England of Campbellsburg. While at the University of Kentucky, he was a member of Alpha Zeta, Block and Bridle, Alma Magna Mater, Lamp and Cross, and was one of the outstanding basketball players of recent years.

He was commissioned a second lieutenant on graduation and immediately called to active duty May 29, 1942. He served at camps in Georgia until the fall of 1943 when he was transferred to the Ski Troops at Camp Hale, Colo. There he was put in command of [Company M of the 85th Regiment of] the 10th Mountain Division, the only ski troop in America. December of 1944 saw him leaving for duty in Italy. He led the division in taking Mt. Belvedere from the Nazis, for which he won the Bronze Star. In the final campaign in Italy he died of wounds received while crossing a mine field on April 14, 1945. Besides he Bronze Star he had been awarded the Silver Star. An athletic field in Italy was named England Field and dedicated in the summer of 1945. One brother, Harold D. England, also survives.

Award of Silver Star, Posthumous

Under the provisions of Army Regulation 600-45, as amended, a Silver Star Medal is awarded posthumously to the following named officer:

KENNETH H. ENGLAND, 0449400, Captain, Infantry, 85th Mountain Infantry, United States Army. For gallantry in action on 14 April 1945, near Castel d’Aiano, Italy. In the initial assault of the final offensive in Italy, captain ENGLAND commanded a company of heavy weapons. Though his normal position was with the battalion commander, he risked his life to personally lead his men forward to insure close support of rifle companies. Although the area was heavily mined and under constant artillery, mortar and small arms fire, he pressed forward at the head of his unit until he was fatally wounded by an exploding mine. Without thought for himself, he directed that someone take the morphine syrettes he carried to administer comfort to other of his men who were wounded. His gallant leadership and courage under fire, far beyond the call of his regular duties, will always be an inspiration to all who witnessed his heroic actions, and Captain ENGLAND has earned undying fame in keeping with the finest traditions of the United States Army. Entered the military service from Campbellsburg, Kentucky. Next of kin: Mr. G.H. England, father, Campbellsburg, Kentucky.

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