Kenneth's Story

MACHIAS - On Jan. 4, 2015 God saw that Kenneth P. McLaughlin, a member of the greatest generation was not getting any better, and he called him back home. He was born August 27, 1924 in Machias, Maine to Joseph and Mary (Mugnai) McLaughlin.

He attended Machias schools and graduated from Machias High School in 1941. After graduation he was employed by Crane Lumber Company in Whitneyville. He did general clerical work in a lumber camp office compiling and posting data in record books, making out payroll, and was in charge of the camp commissary. He was drafted in to the service in 1943, and went to Camp Chaffed, Arkansas where he was trained to become a radio operator. Later he was transferred to Fort Knox, KY, and became a member of the 16th armored division in Patton's 3rd Army where he saw action in the European region, England, Germany, France, Poland, and Czechoslovakia . While stationed in England he attended Shriven ham University where he was given courses in English composition and beginning German. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, European, African , and Middle Eastern Theater Campaign ribbons, and the Victory Medal. He worked for several years at Bethleham Steel in Maryland. He was also employed at Machias Hardware for six years before being a Postal clerk for 25 years until his retirement in 1984.

He was an original member of the Machias Valley Boat Club. He was a jack of all trades, having wired and plumbed his own house. He was a ham radio operator:" WAILT." He enjoyed gardening, and for many years had a showcase vegetable garden in Wesley. He was very interested in Electronics, and kept up with all advances.

He is survived by his brother Richard of Machias. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorial Contributions in his memory may be make to the Ark Animal Shelter, 60 Barber Lane Cherryfield, ME 04622. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.mcclurefamilyfuneral.com
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