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In honor of LeRoy Ennis, US Navy - Served in World War II
(Submitted September 15, 2008 by Kathy Hjelm)

I would like to honor my father LeRoy Ennis. My father decided to leave school while in the 11th grade at the age of 17 and enlist in the Navy. In 1945 my father began a 7 year stint with the Navy. He was primarily stationed in Japan & China. My father was tasked with sweeping mines and at one point was stationed on a destroyer escort boat. After my father completed 3 years with the Navy he returned to high school and completed his senior year at the age of 21. After receiving his diploma he returned to the Navy for 4 more years. Another task my father performed while in the Navy was court reporting. At the end of his years of service he came back to California and helped discharge many others from the Navy as well as himself.  My father also spoke of a layover in Hawaii in a troop ship outside of Pearl Harbor before it was hit. After my father's years of service he went to Mankato State University on the GI Bill and received a degree in Business and went onto be a hardware buyer for 35 years with FOK(Farewell Ozmun. Kirk & Co.) My father is very proud of his years of service to his country and also very proud of his 4 brothers and oldest son who served in the military.

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