Lt. Col. William J. Kennard
J. Kennard graduated from
In order to receive medical supplies and mail, American airmen had to fight their way through the Japanese Zeros with “bamboo fleet” aircraft. Bamboo was used to hold the wings to fuselages and to stabilize the motors on the stanchions. Kennard and the other medical personnel kept the airmen under observation in order to keep them well enough to fly.
Kennard was wounded in the right temple by a
bomb fragment, for which the Order of the Purple
Heart was bestowed upon him. General Harold
George later gave him a Silver Star for
gallantry in action. Kennard returned to his