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The Caduceus. volume (Camp Greene, Charlotte, N.C.) 1918-1919, September 14, 1918, Image 5

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DIES SUDDENLY COLONEL KENNON STRICKENED WHILE IN NEW YORK. Col. L. W. V. Kennon, commanding officer of Camp Greene, died suddenly at 1 o’clock Monday morning at tne Cumberland hotel in New York city. He had gone to the i«®tropolis on a ten-day leave for the purpose of secur ing an examination from a specialist. Death is thought to have resulted from hardening of the arteries and attend ing heart trouble. , Funeral services were held on Wed nesday afternoon at Arlington eem - tery, Washington, D. C., in which na tional burying ground the were laid to rest. Captain William M. Rutter, camp adjutant, and Captain James H. Kidder of the ordnance corps, attended the services, represent ing the official family and the officers of Camp Greene. , Colonel Kennon was sixty years old, having celebrated his sixtieth birthday but a week before his death. He had been in the United States arrny tor forty-two years. For some time us “S suffered ill health, which conditions kept him from foreign service, au ex perience which his military knowledge would have naturally brought him. It was the first week in June when Colonel Kennon came to take charge of Camp Greene. He had been sta tioned at Camp Gram, Ilk, Just pre vious to his assignment and carried the rank of brigadier-general in the national army. He was made a colonel upon his assignment to regular army service. ,, Good roads had always been a hobuy of the colonel’s and his first action at Camp Greene was for bettering the road conditions. Along that line he had wrought marked improvements and had allied himself with the good roads movement of Mecklenburg coun ty. His interest in every activity or Camp Greene was keenly understood with all who worked with Colonel Kennon. Well Trained Man. Colonel Kennon was born ut Provi dence, R. I., on September 2, 1858. He graduated from West Point in 1881 and from the Army War College in 1910. In 1889 he was promoted to first lieutenant, and became a captain m 1897. He won his major’s insignia in 1898, and given command of a volun teer battalion and in 1902 he became a major in the regular army. In 190 ho was advanced to lieutenant co’onel, and became a colonel in 1912. Colonel Kennon was commissioned a brigadier-general in the national army August 5, 1917, but several months later a medical examining board de clared he was physically disqualified for overseas service and he was mus tered out of the national army, and re assumed his rank of colonel in the regiUar army. Colonel Kennon saw service with the United States armies in the Spanish- American war and was in command of the Cuban occupation armies. He served as military representative of this nation at the Rio de Janeiro cap- (Continued on Page 25.) thecaduceus the late camp GREENE COMMANDER COLONEL L. W DID NOT SER FROM THE PRESS. “Kennon, the Chevalier, he might have been called, for he was a man ot wonderful personality, handsome ot face and figure, a countenance that beamed amiability and a bearing . that was at once military and nohl^ It wa^ but a few months ago that Clmrlott clme into acquaintance with Colonel Son and in that short time the neople of the town had formed for him a la^sting attachment.”—The Charlotte ^'‘‘Srlotte and Camp Greene lost a fine friend in the passing of Colonel Kennon. Since coming here h® “®de a profound Impression upon the. cit Lens who admired him not only as a good soldier with an enviable record . V. KENNON. VE IN VAIN as a military campaigner, but_ a= a man of splendid character. —The harlotte News. OFFICIAL STATEMENT. The following comment is the clos ing paragraph of the camp announce ment of Colonel Kennon’s death: “Colonel Kennon’s career in the army was a long and noteworthy one. Especially noteworthy were his load- building accomplishments m the Phil* ippines. He was also an ®xte>isive writer on military subjects. shown a deep interest in the rebuilding of Camp Greene. He carried a fil-hk tied and attractive personality which will make him missed by ah who we^- brought in contact with cial capacity.” mi ! . ■

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