Loomis, Kenneth B., Sgt

Deceased
 
 TWS Ribbon Bar
 
 Service Photo   Service Details
97 kb
View Reflection Shadow Box View Time Line View Family Time Line
Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 747-Airplane and Engine Mechanic
Last AFSC Group
Ordnance/Maintenance (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 5th Air Force
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Sergeant

 Last Photo   Personal Details 

63 kb

Home State
Michigan
Michigan
Year of Birth
1916
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Steven Loomis (USAAF & USAF)-Family to remember Loomis, Kenneth B., Sgt.

If you knew or served with this Airman and have additional information or photos to support this Page, please leave a message for the Page Administrator(s) HERE.
 
Contact Info
Home Town
Tustin
Last Address
Cadillac, Michigan

Date of Passing
Sep 01, 2006
 
Location of Interment
Mount Carmel Cemetery - Cadillac, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Post 110
  1946, American Veterans (AMVETS), Post 110 (Cadillac, Michigan) [Verified] - Chap. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

KENNETH B. LOOMIS 

1916-2006
U.S. Army 5th Air Corps
 

World War II Battle Streamers
American and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters
1941-1945

 
Kenneth B. "Ken" Loomis of Cadillac, Michigan entered eternal life on Friday, September 1, 2006 at Cadillac Mercy Hospital. He was 90 years old.

Ken was born on April 19, 1916 in Tustin to Harry and Emma Grayce (Burkett) Loomis. He married Katherin A. Kailing on January 18, 1941. She preceded him in death on September 13, 1999.

Ken graduated from Tustin High School in 1936. He worked at General Motors in Pontiac for five years.

During World War II, Ken enlisted on 7 April 1942 at Fort Custer, Michigan.  He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps for three and a half years, primarily with the 5th Air Force in the Pacific Theater. He was stationed at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri (Army AF Basic Training); Mitchell Field, Long Island, New York (AAF Training Command, 1st Air Force); Westover Field, Massachusetts (25th Army Air Force Base Unit, 1st Air Force); Grenier Field, New Hampshire (1st Air Force).  He was trained and an airplane engine mechanic.

In the South Pacific with the 5th Air Force, he was one of the many who engaged the Japanese in New Guinea, the Dutch East Indies, and as part of the liberating forces in the Philippines Campaign (1944–45).

After the service, he was employed at Chris Craft Company in Cadillac as a pattern maker for 26 years. He later worked with his twin brother as a carpenter for 10 years until retiring.

Ken was a charter member and an organizer, with Reg Boulder, of the Cadillac AMVETS Post No. 110. He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church where he was an usher and money counter. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was interred in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Cadillac, Wexford County, Michigan.

 
Notes:
Kenneth B. Loomis, 1916 - 2006.
Wife, Katherine Agnes Kailing, 1921 - 1999.
Son, Philip, 1944 - 1995, U.S. Navy Vietnam.
   
Other Comments:

Fifth Air Force

It is one of very few numbered air forces of the United States Air Force never to have been based in the United States itself. It is also one of the oldest and continuously active US air forces. 

Established on 16 August 1941 as the Philippine Department Air Force at Nichols Field, Luzon, Philippines. 5 AF was a United States Army Air Forces combat air force in the Pacific Theater of World War II, engaging in combat operations primarily in the Southwest Pacific AOR. 5 AF units first engaged the Japanese during the Philippines Campaign (1941–1942), then afterward withdrawing to Australia after the Japanese conquest of the islands. Rearmed, it engaged the Japanese in New Guinea, the Dutch East Indies and then as part of the liberating forces in the Philippines Campaign (1944–45).
   
 Photo Album   (More...



World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
Start Year
1941
End Year
1945

Description
The plan of the Pacific subseries was determined by the geography, strategy, and the military organization of a theater largely oceanic. Two independent, coordinate commands, one in the Southwest Pacific under General of the Army Douglas MacArthur and the other in the Central, South, and North Pacific (Pacific Ocean Areas) under Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, were created early in the war. Except in the South and Southwest Pacific, each conducted its own operations with its own ground, air, and naval forces in widely separated areas. These operations required at first only a relatively small number of troops whose efforts often yielded strategic gains which cannot be measured by the size of the forces involved. Indeed, the nature of the objectivesùsmall islands, coral atolls, and jungle-bound harbors and airstrips, made the employment of large ground forces impossible and highlighted the importance of air and naval operations. Thus, until 1945, the war in the Pacific progressed by a double series of amphibious operations each of which fitted into a strategic pattern developed in Washington.

21 Named Campaigns were recognized in the Asiatic Pacific Theater with Battle Streamers and Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medals.  
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1942
To Year
1945
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
Personal Memories

Memories
Fifth Air Force
It is one of very few numbered air forces of the United States Air Force never to have been based in the United States itself. It is also one of the oldest and continuously active US air forces.

Established on 16 August 1941 as the Philippine Department Air Force at Nichols Field, Luzon, Philippines. 5 AF was a United States Army Air Forces combat air force in the Pacific Theater of World War II, engaging in combat operations primarily in the Southwest Pacific AOR. 5 AF units first engaged the Japanese during the Philippines Campaign (1941??1942), then afterward withdrawing to Australia after the Japanese conquest of the islands. Rearmed, it engaged the Japanese in New Guinea, the Dutch East Indies and then as part of the liberating forces in the Philippines Campaign (1944??45).

   
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

  828 Also There at This Battle:
  • Alenier, Stanley J., 2nd Lt, (1942-1944)
  • Allen, George, Cpl, (1944-1946)
  • Babcock, Warren E., 1st Lt, (1942-1944)
  • Beckwith, James Elmer, SSgt, (1940-1949)
Copyright Togetherweserved.com Inc 2003-2011