WWII vets named grand marshals of Kennett Square Memorial Day Parade

21st Century Media photo by Chris Barber An Army tank leads the parade of many military vehicles in last year’s Memorial Day Parade.
21st Century Media photo by Chris Barber A Marine color guard marches up along the parade route in Kennett Square in last year’s parade.

KENNETT SQUARE — Bill Taylor, the chairman of the Kennett Square Memorial Day Parade, has named three World War II veterans as grand marshals of this year’s event.

Pat Moran of Kennett Square joined the U.S. Navy on Dec. 3, 1943. His basic training was completed in Samson, New York. He was then shipped to New Orleans, Louisiana, on LCT852. He went to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and sent overseas to England on D-Day afternoon to Utah Beach. He returned to the United State in the spring of 1945 and was transferred back to Bainbridge, Massachusetts, and discharged in June, 1946.

Ray Kegg joined the Army Signal Corps on Nov. 2, 1942 and served in the radio station of Asmara, Eritrea, until the war ended. He was discharged on June 2, 1946. He was a radio operator. He copied messages between Germany and Japan in code and sent them to Washington, D.C., to have them decoded.

William “Dusty” Rhodes enlisted on Feb. 19 1942. He completed basic training at Newport, Rhode Island, He was sent to join warfare PBY Air Squadron as a radio operator. He flew on patrols searching and reporting German submarines in the North Atlantic from Newfoundland along the east coast of the United States to Colombia, South America. He was stationed in Newfoundland, New York, Key West, Cuba, Coco Solo Island and Colombia. He was dischaarged on Dec. 14, 1945.


This year’s parade will be held on Monday, May 26, at 10 a.m.

The marchers will leave Kennett High School and proceed from South Street to South Union Street. They will turn right on Cypress Streeet to South Broad Street, then march north to State Street. When they reach North Union Street, thy will turn right and go to the cemetery for a memorial service and 21-gun salute.

Taylor said the parade, which usually takes more than an hour, will be equally long this year. He said there will be plenty plenty of military vehicles, Native American marchers, the Ferko String Band and much more.

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Chris Barber

Chris Barber is the editor of the Avon Grove Sun. She was previously southern bureau chief of the Daily Local News and editor of the Kennett Paper, earning honors in writing and photography. Reach the author at agsun@kennettpaper.com .