Ralph Frederick Kenyon
On Aug. 14, 2013, Lieutenant Colonel R. F. “Steve” Kenyon, United States Marine Corps (Retired) received special orders and has left for his final muster.
Born in Newton on Aug. 9, 1929, to Ralph and Gunda (Olson) Kenyon, with his older sister Betty, he attended local Iowa elementary schools; and he graduated in May 1947 from Newton High School. In August 1947, his father was killed in an automobile accident, a stunning shock to the family. He enrolled at Central University of Iowa upon his mother’s insistence, and one year later he joined the Marine Corps.
Within weeks in boot camp in San Diego, he “knew” he was where he wanted to be. The Corps was a hands-on outfit. He received discipline and a gung ho experience that he knew he needed. He made meritorious promotion to Private First Class and received a Dress Blue uniform for graduation from boot camp.
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