Kenneth Ray Green was born November 22, 1926 in Seal Beach, California to Robert E. Lee Green and Marie Anna Green. He passed away peacefully at the age of 86 on May 1, 2013, at Windsor Care Center in Redding, California of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
Kenneth was the beloved husband of Carol Green to whom he was married on June 11, 1949. They would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary in six weeks. He is survived by his daughter, Cheryl ("Sherry") Quaife of Redding and five grandsons: Aaron Quaife and his wife, Karina, of Connecticut; Brian Quaife of Redding; Kevin Quaife of Virginia; Miles Quaife and his wife, Brooke, of Redding; and Paul Quaife and his wife, Maegan, of New York. He also leaves his great-grandchildren Trinety, Charlie, Matthew and Erick.
In addition, he is survived by sisters Ana Lea Vincent of Colfax, Betty Lugena of Weimar, brothers-in-law Philip Frisbie of Ukiah, Richard Frisbie of Oregon, sister-in-law Ida Kolding of Oregon, and numerous nieces and nephews. Kenneth's sisters Lois Green and Iona Rose predeceased him.
Kenneth made a profession of faith in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ at a Billy Graham Crusade in Sacramento, California. He was later baptized by Pastor Royal Blue of North Valley Baptist Church, where he was a member for approximately 30 years. He became a member of Shasta Baptist Church about five years ago.
Kenneth became an apprentice blacksmith at Mare Island at the age of 16. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps
on November 7, 1944, during World War II and was in Pearl Harbor forming for the invasion of Japan when the atomic bomb was dropped on August 5, 1945, thus shortening his overseas service to 22 months.
As a Marine Corps Inactive Reservist, he was immediately recalled when the Korean War
began. His first campaign was at the Chosin Reservoir, an epic battle resulting in nearly 15,000 allied casualties. The battle of Chosin has been termed by historians as the most savage battle in modern warfare. There were more Medals of Honor, Navy Crosses and Distinguished Service Crosses awarded for the Chosin than for any other single battle in US military history.
After discharge, Kenneth returned to work for Standard Stations and later opened his own Chevron Station. After selling the station he worked for the Federal Highway Administration and Department of Forestry, retiring after 28 years. He obtained his Real Estate Brokers License and after his retirement opened Corner of the World Realty.
As founder and president of the Korean War Veterans Association Chapter Number One, Kenneth and several other Korean veterans appeared in numerous parades throughout northern California bringing attention to the Korean War as the Forgotten War. He was chosen to represent Korean War Veterans in Veterans Day parades twice in the City of Shasta Lake, first representing all Korean War Veterans and then in 2010 was one of four Grand Marshalls chosen to honor the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War.
Kenneth also founded and was the first president of the Northern California - Southern Oregon Chapter of the Chosin Few. In addition, he is also a member of the Men of Chosin.
He was Past Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 1934 and Past District 20 Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was named Captain of the All State Team for California, earning him a trip to Washington, DC. He was also a member of the VFW Military Order of the Cooties. This hospital visitation program is one of the outstanding programs of the MOC established to regularly visit the patients in the VA hospitals and other hospitals throughout the United States.
In addition, he was Past Commander of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 128, active member of American Legion Post 197, Marine Corps League Post 1082, and Voiture Nationale. He was a life member of these veterans' organizations and was also privileged to be included as an honorary member of the local Prisoners of War group.
He was a Past President of Shasta County Veterans Affiliated Council where he served on the Board of Directors and as a Delegate for the Korean War Veterans Association for several years.
He served on numerous veteran committees, most notably, with the Advisory Board of the Veterans Administration Out-patient Clinic on Eureka Way, the Veterans Cemetery Committee for the Northern California Veterans Cemetery in Igo, and the Monument Committee to design and obtain a memorial monument to all Korean War Veterans which was his last committee assignment. This monument was dedicated at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery on November 21, 2009. He was also actively involved in attempting to bring the veterans' home to Redding.
You could often see Kenneth ringing the Salvation Army bell during the Christmas season. He enjoyed being a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army for many years.
Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Michael Johnson on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Shasta Baptist Church is located at 6600 Westside Road, Redding, California. Burial and military honors will immediately follow at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery in Igo, California.