Herbert Alexander Kennedy was born on December 23, 1908 to Charles and Ellen Kennedy who lived in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. His father was a telegraph operator for the Railroad.
As a young man, Herbert worked as an usher at a movie theater. He g
raduated from Downingtown High School in 1927 and then attended the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, the same school attended by Hero Richard LaRue
Herbert enlisted in the Army on February 14, 1941. He was sent to the Pacific Theater of Operations in October, 1943.
The following letter was received by J Irvie Hoffman (Mr. Hoffman was national known and respected as one of the founders of the YMCA movement. He also established the “Red Triangle” newsletter, including letters from our servicemen during World War II, and Korea. He also began the Fruit Cake program for serviceman, and visited their families).