Lt. Col. Harry Adrian Kinney RES, RET

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Lt. Col. Harry Adrian Kinney, RES, RET, 88, passed away suddenly on Sunday, August 25th in Front Royal, Virginia from injuries from a fall. Born in Peking, China, in 1925, to Henry Walsworth Kinney, an American citizen working for the Japanese Railroad and Teru Hirose Kinney, a citizen of Japan. Harry spent his early years living in Dairen, Manchuria, with a year spent attending the American School in Tokyo. His extensive life of travel began in his youth with sailing from China to Tahiti where he lived for 2 years attending a Tahitian and then a French boarding school. He then travelled by ship to San Francisco, California to attend high school. While there he lived with relatives, Harold & Alice Madison and their daughter, Dee Jay. It was thanks to the Madisons' that Harry was able to leave California his senior year to avoid being imprisoned in an internment camp for American citizens of Japanese ancestry. He ended up in Denver, Colorado where he finished his high school education and started college at Colorado Springs College. His education was interrupted by being inducted into the California draft quota in 1944 (although he was forbidden from entering the state of California at that time), thus beginning a long and distinguished Army career as linguist, intelligence officer and polygraph operator. Harry began his service in Japan as an intelligence officer from 1946 - 1950 with commendations, then in Seoul, Korea from 1950 - 1954 where he was awarded the Bronze Star. After Korea, Harry was stationed in Washington, D.C. where he met and married his wife of 58 years, Dorothy Harris Kinney. Assigned back to Japan, then Germany and Norway, Harry received letters of appreciation & commendation, including one from British General Sir Harold Pyman, Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces Northern Europe. Reassigned to Washington, DC as an Executive Officer, 116 CIC Detachment from 1963 - 64, he was able to complete his Bachelor's Degree at the University of Maryland. Harry retired after 22 years of service in the U.S. Army with the rank of Lt. Colonel. Harry's service to his country did not end with his military retirement as he continued his polygraph work with the Central Intelligence Agency starting as journey man level polygraph examiner. Traveling to over 40 countries, in his 15 years with the Agency he rose to the Chief of the Polygraph Branch. Retiring as the Deputy Division Chief of the newly formed Polygraph Division, Harry was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal for his outstanding service. After a lifetime of service to his country, one of the most appreciated letters came from President George Bush with a letter of apology for the indignities he suffered under the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians Act. Following his retirement from the CIA, Harry and his wife Dorothy, moved to Ormond Beach, Florida where he enjoyed a relaxing life for 31 years making furniture, models and reading lots and lots of books. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; son Harry Kinney, Jr.; daughter Teru; son-in-law, Charles; grandchildren, Graham and Corinne; cousin, Dee Jay Martin; nephew, Henry Walsworth Kinney, III; and niece, Evalani May Sharp. A scholarship fund has been set up in his name at the Halifax Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. Donations should be mailed to: Halifax Area Chapter, Military Officers Association of America, P.O. Box 2093, Daytona Beach, Florida 32115, with the memo note: Lt. Col Kinney MOAA Scholarship.




Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Sept. 17, 2013