Kenneth C. Strother – Colonel, United States Army

From a contemporary press report:

Kenneth C. Strother, age 100, Colonel, United States Army (Retired) died on June 30, 2001, in Santa Monica, California. He was preceded in death by his wife, Melba Stratton Strother, on March 25, 2001. He is survived by his daughter, Joanna S. Nichol, of Falls Church, Virginia, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Colonel Strother was born on June 16, 1901 in Winfield, Kansas, he graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1924. Transferring from Air Corps to Infantry in 1926, he saw peacetime duty at posts in the U.S. and in the Philippines (Scouts), Puerto Rico and Japan (I Corps, TIE, XVI Corps).

Wartime duty took him to the South Pacific, Noumea, Solomons (3rd Fleet), New Guinea, Leyte, Okinawa and Korea (XXIV Corps). Peacetime duty also included serving as Commanding Officer, 7th Infantry Regimental Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Devens, Massachusetts.

Retiring from the Army in 1954, he moved to Santa Monica and began a second career as a consultant with the Rand Corp.

Funeral services will be held at Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer, Virginia, on Monday, August 20, 2001, at 1 p.m. with interment following at Arlington National Cemetery.

NOTE: His brother, Dean C. Strother, General, United States Air Force, is also buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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