Doddridge County Roots

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Keith Royal Wilson CURRY

Male 1930 - 1971  (40 years)


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  • Name Keith Royal Wilson CURRY 
    Born 21 Sep 1930  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Burial COURTS OF MISSING  National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), Honolulu, HI Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census 1940  Skelton Run, McClellan District, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Education Doddridge Co High School (1947)  [5
    Residence Sedalia, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1947  Salem, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 6
    • Salem in Harrison County was, and still is, the postal address for numerous Doddridge County communities, including Skelton Run and Sedalia.
    Military From 23 Oct 1947 to 8 Jan 1971  [2, 4, 6, 7
    CDR, US Navy, World War II, Korea, Vietnam (KIA) 
    • Local news item, "West Union Herald," Thursday, October 30, 1947, in its entirety:
      LOCAL BOYS JOIN NAVY
      The following boys from West Union have joined the U.S. Navy and have gone to Huntington for final enlistment: Walter Sams, Harold Collins, Roy Chipps, Keith Curry, Kenneth Watkins, Robert Washburn.

      Local news item, "West Union Herald," Thursday, October 30, 1947, in its entirety:
      HAS HIGHEST I.Q. AT NAVY RECRUITING STATION
      The highest intelligence quotient grade ever recorded at the Clarksburg Navy recruiting station during the last several years, according to J. B. Underwood Jr., head of the station, was achieved by Keith Curry, 17, of West Union, one of the ten recruits sent to Huntington last week for final enlistment.
      Curry, who rated 71 points out of a possible 73, was graduated from Doddridge County High School in West Union and has since been employed in Ohio as a tree surgeon.

      Commander Keith R. W. Curry was a member of Attack Squadron 145, Carrier Air Wing 2, aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS RANGER (CVA-61). On January 8, 1971, he was flying in a Grumman Attack Aircraft Intruder (A-6C) over North Vietnam when he was Killed in Action. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.
      https://www.abmc.gov/node/460267#.WUBk_ca1uUm

      Keith R. W. Curry on Virtual Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial:
      https://www.virtualwall.org/dc/CurryKR01a.htm

      In December 2015, a sailor who had served under CDR Curry posted the following message on his online memorial. Curry had been the sailor's Executive Officer:
      "XO, you were a kind and compassionate man who cared about those under your command. I still remember the moment we lost you as if it was yesterday. God Bless."
    Residence 1957  Pensacola, Escambia Co, FL Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Died 8 Jan 1971  Vietnam Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 6, 7
    Buried MEMORIAL MARKER  Arlington National Cemetery, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Person ID I87613  Doddridge County Roots
    Last Modified 17 Apr 2019 

    Father Royal Wilson CURREY,   b. 30 Dec 1913, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1975  (Age 61 years) 
    Mother Gay Ileen DAVIS,   b. 1 Jul 1910, Salem, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1996  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 18 Mar 1931  Clarksburg, Harrison Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F29095  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary E. ___,   b. 12 Jun 1931 
    Family ID F48616  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBurial - COURTS OF MISSING - National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), Honolulu, HI Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1940 - Skelton Run, McClellan District, Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Sedalia, Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1957 - Pensacola, Escambia Co, FL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 8 Jan 1971 - Vietnam Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - MEMORIAL MARKER - Arlington National Cemetery, VA Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
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    87613_CURRY_Keith-R-W_Arlington-National-Cemetery_MemorialSection_VA.jpg
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    87613_CURRY_Keith-R-W_Natl-Meml-Cem-of-Pacific_Punchbowl_HonoluluHI.jpg
    87613_CURRY_Keith-R-W_Natl-Meml-Cem-of-Pacific_Punchbowl_HonoluluHI.jpg

  • Sources 
    1. [S1924] Social Security Death Index.

    2. [S2580] U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 [database on-line], (Ancestry.com).

    3. [S2646] 1940 Census, Doddridge County, WV (McClellan District).

    4. [S2590] American Battle Monuments Commission, (http://www.abmc.gov), https://www.abmc.gov/node/460267#.WUBk_ca1uUm.

    5. [S2723] Yearbook photo.

    6. [S2582] West Virginia Veterans Memorial Archives Database, (http://www.wvculture.org/history/wvmemory/wvvetmem.html), http://www.wvculture.org/history/wvmemory/vetdetail.aspx?Id=298.

    7. [S2576] U.S. Vietnam War Military Casualties, 1956-1998 [database on-line], (Ancestry.com and National Archives).

    8. [S2201] City Directory.

    9. [S934] Findagrave.com, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=17899128.