A 2024 Memorial Day Story That Brings Closure to a Family

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A 2024 Memorial Day Story That Brings Closure to a Family

I was going to post a blog this morning consistent with the thoughts of all on Memorial Day, to remember to honor those that gave their lives for freedom. 

As I do normally, I was having a cup of coffee to get the mind started and wanted to glance at the paper as well.

Reading online has its advantages, and it also offered the title to an article that needed to be read.

This is the story of Kenneth McKeeman, the service man on the left on the left in the photo, who lived in Waterbury, until the death f his parents and at 13 years old, moved to Brooklyn to live with his older brother. 

He enlisted in the Air Force and was part of a bomber crew that was shot down after a bomb run over the coast of France. 

The Germans gathered the remains and buried them in 2 mass graves.

The loss of the airship was documented as were the names of the crew members, but none were returned for proper burial.

In 2019, the Dept of Defense and American Battle Monuments Commission exhumed the remains and attempted to identify the airmen. Using DNA samples from local Waterbury CT relatives on both sides, Technical Sgt. Kenneth J. McKeeman, US Army Air Forces, is no longer MIA but will be buried with full military honors, 80 years later at the State Military Cemetery in Middletown CT.


The Waterbury CT Veterans committee is working to recognize him as a Waterbury Veteran, even though he officially enlisted in Brooklyn, NY, but his family lives in the Waterbury Area.

This information taken from an article posted in Waterbury Republican- American newspaper.

Link to full article

Happy Memorial Day 

A 2024 Memorial Day Story That Brings Closure to a Family

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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

My wife's uncle served in Vietnam. He was in the Army. He never returned from his second tour. We always think of his sacrifice on Memorial Day.

May 27, 2024 07:52 AM
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308

John Juarez 

Blessings to you and your family. Many did not return and we are so grateful for their sacrifice.

May 27, 2024 08:39 AM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP

John Juarez - I can only imagine how much pain your wife's family suffered because of what happened to her Uncle. The family deserves closure and lots of support from the Waterbury committee in CT. I was really moved by this story. It could have happened to any of our families. Why them? The family of Technical Sgt. Kenneth J. M Keeman deserve answers and peace of heart.   

May 27, 2024 04:41 PM
Kathy Streib

John Juarez I cannot imagine what your wife's family has had to endure. I'm not sure if anyone could get closure but we always want our loved ones near us...even in death. 

May 27, 2024 08:07 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Ed, for sharing this story. Have a very special Memorial Day.

May 27, 2024 08:19 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Oh my what a touching story Ed. We give our deepest thankfulness to all who have served our Country!

May 27, 2024 08:25 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Ed,
Thanks for sharing that story. This will be a special Memorial Day for Kenneth McKeeman's family.

May 27, 2024 08:37 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed this is a story very worthy of being posted on this Memorial Day.

May 27, 2024 03:22 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Ed- What an amazing story. The dedication it has taken to return SGt McKeeman home is testament to the honor, duty and service of those in the military. 

May 27, 2024 08:10 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

My favorite stories are the ones that have a happy ending and I am glad this story had a happy ending for the family of Kenneth McKeeman.

May 28, 2024 05:13 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Oh my goodness, Ed. What a wonderful story and ending. Just perfect for Memorial Day!

May 28, 2024 05:53 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Oh my, what touching story for Memorial Day. I wish I had seen it yesterday but most importantly I saw it today. How nice for the family to have some closure!


May 28, 2024 08:00 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jun 01, 2024 08:13 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Ed. I went to a military boarding school in the Viet Nam War era. A classmate convinced his parents to let him enlist at 17 years of age. He joined the Marines, his life long dream. He went to Nam and returned on a box. He is in my thoughts daily. Some things you just never forget. Enjoy your day.

Jun 02, 2024 05:18 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

So glad this was featured as I missed it.  Closure is so important for family members as well as continuing to appreciate the ultimate service some of our military members have sacrificed for us.

Jun 02, 2024 08:37 AM