Kenneth Raymond Polk
January 16, 1927 – September 27, 1976
My grandfather joined the Marines at 17. He fought in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He died in 1976 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, honored with a 21 gun salute.
I never had the chance to meet him, but I know he was a great man. He had seven children, the youngest of which was my mother. He loved to cook and played the ukulele. He served in the Marines for decades, both at home and abroad, sacrificing personal comfort and time with his loved ones to serve his country. He defended the rights and freedoms of people he would never meet and worked to make this country and this world a better place.
Thanks Grandpa for keeping us free.