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Corporal Kimball Plans To Marry Japanese (1951)
Posted by: David L. Sadler Date: February 01, 2002 at 13:22:25
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27 July 1951
Oneida Daily Dispatch
Oneida,New York

ONEIDAN HOPES TO PASS UP RETURN TO STATES FOR DUTY IN JAPAN

Corporal Fred Kimball,Oneida,who is serving in Korea, informed the Dispatch in a letter received today that he plans to marry a Japanese girl.

The girl is Miss Shekeko Kigiya,daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Sematsu Kigiya of Yokohama. Corporal Kimball said he met
her at Sendai,Japan,in 1949 and while in Yokohama recently
on a brief recuperation leave,met her again and "lost no
time becoming engaged"

"Instead of returning to the States on rotation,I am attempting to arrange an additional two-year tour of duty
in Japan",he wrote. No date has been set for the wedding.

Corporal Kimball said legal "red tape" would have to be
cleared to pave the way for the wedding,and that other
obstacles would have to be overcome. These include the fact
that he is still in Korea. "But I'm convinced everything
will work out fine",he wrote.

Kimball,the grandson of Mrs.James Bettis of Oneida Castle,
was in Japan when the Korean War started. He went into
Korea ahead of the main body of American troops for the job
establishing communications.

Corporal Kimball was credited with being responsible for the
destruction of a small Communist truck convoy and for that
he was reccomended for an Oak Leaf Cluster to his Silver
Star which he won on Okinawa in World War II.

He serves in Korea as a member of the 17th Regimental Combat
Team.


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