PACIFIC: Lt. Kenneth A. Chewey

Lt. Kenneth A. Chewey

(Aug. 16, 1945) – Lt. Kenneth Andrew Chewey died in Manila, Philippines, after a few days of illness on July 23. Lt. Chewey received two battle stars for action in the Leyte and Luzon campaigns.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Chewey of Malone Avenue. Lt. Chewey is a 1940 graduate of Belleville High School. Chewey attended Rutgers University for three years.

He entered the service Oct. 2, 1942, and was commissioned 2nd lieutenant on May 20,1944. He enlisted in the Signal Corps Reserve. Chewey transferred to the Army and then attended basic training at Camp Crowder, and Officer Candidate School at Fort Monmouth. He trained at Camp Crowder, Md., and was deployed overseas in January 1945.

He served with the Signal Corps in New Guinea and the Dutch East Indies and the Philippines. He participated in the invasions of Leyte and Luzon. He was stationed at a Signal Service Battalion at Santa Mesa, Philippines when he became ill. He died shortly after in a Manila hospital.

While at Rutgers, Kenneth majored in Electrical Engineering. He was a master concert violinist and served as president of Tau Kappa Epsilon.

A member of the Black Fifty, Kenneth attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Monmouth in 1944.

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