THE RARE BREED |
Recognizing Area Veterans Of World War II
J. W. Jenkins With The Navy In Marshall Islands Campaign
J. W. JENKINS (2nd from left) enjoying a 1944
leave with buddies in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Born in Palacios on the "real" Memorial Day (May 30), 1925, J. W. Jenkins was a 16-year-old Palacios High School student, son of J. W. and Ruth Jenkins, when America was plunged into World War II with the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Jenkins enlisted in the Navy and went on to serve three years, with service in the South Pacific, including participation in the Marshall Islands campaign. He received his discharge, with the rank of Quartermaster III, at San Francisco in March of 1946.
Jenkins, who will celebrate his 77th birthday this Thursday, and his wife, Dorothy, live on Route 1, Palacios. They have two children, daughter Mary Ann, a school teacher in Houston; and son, Joe, of Palacios, engaged in farming and raising cattle. There are also two grandchildren.
Dorothy and J. W. Jenkins
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