During the war, he served on the USS Hornet (CV-12), with Air Group 2, piloting a Grumman TBF Avenger in the Central and South Pacific.
During 1944, he flew 35 combat missions, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, 7 Air Medals, a Presidential Unit Citation, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 5 battle stars, the American Campaign Medal, and, the World War II Victory Medal.
After the war, Ken remained in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a pilot, before retiring as a Captain, in 1972.
During his entire time in the naval service, he flew all of the prop planes in the U.S. Navy inventory, including, the Grumman TBF Avenger, the General Motors TBM Avenger, the Martin AM Mauler, the Douglas AD-1 Skyraider, the Grumman F6F Hellcat, the Vought F4U Corsair, and, the North American T-28 Trojan.
Following his active naval service, Ken earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
In 1963, he earned his Doctor of Education, from Michigan State University. He went on to become a professor and an administrator at Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio, for 25 years. During his long tenure at Miami, he served many years as the associate dean of the School of Education.
Ken was a well-known author and speaker about the aircraft carrier USS Hornet.
His publications include, The Hornets and Their Heroic Men (authored with Harold Buell), and a book on the history of the USS Hornet Club, which he served as its chairman for many years.
Many other books, published by a variety of authors, have described his experiences as a pilot during the war.
Over the years, Ken has been recognized in many ways, including, being named “Hornet Man of the Year”.
He was selected and inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame, becoming an honorary life member of the Tri-State Warbird Museum, and, along with his wife, Rose, was named Miami University Parents of the Year, in 1985.
Ken and Rose were married in 1950, and celebrated 67 years together this past September 1st.
In addition to his loving wife, Rose, survivors include their sons, Kenneth, Richard, Robert, Philip, and Paul, as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren.