Leo Keninger Memorial

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Fireman First Class Leo T. Keninger was a Navy Veteran on the U.S.S. Oklahoma when the Pearl Harbor attacks took place on December 7, 1941. Originally from Ackley, Iowa, Leo was killed in the attack but the remains of those lost could not be identified individually at the time.

"F1 Keninger was initially buried as an unknown at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. In 2015, advances in forensic science prompted the reexamination of all unknowns associated with the Oklahoma."

Two of Leo's living brothers sent in their DNA to be compared to the unknown seamen, allowing Leo's body to be successfully identified in September of 2019, nearly 78 years later.

The Keninger family got together and began planning a proper funeral for Leo, which was then put off for over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the family is ready to properly honor their fallen hero and has chosen to support Retrieving Freedom in his memory. We are honored to have been selected, and send our most sincere gratitude to Leo for his service, and the entire Keninger family for their support.

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