Resident helps dedicate veterans memorial

DOWNEY - Downey resident Kenneth Drake traveled to Washington, D.C. on April 16 to participate in the dedication of the World War II Veterans Memorial, and the Korean and Vietnam Mall.Drake enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1937 at the age of 17. After serving 32 years, he retired with the rating of Chief Aviator Electricians Mate. He is also the last living crew member born in the state of Idaho, and served on the Battleship USS Idaho-BB42. Drake is currently first vice commander of American Legion Post 270 in Downey. The trip was sponsored by the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of California, of which K.G. Nagel is the grand master. Drake has been an active member of Downey United Masonic Lodge 220 for 56 years. He recently lost his wife, Norma, after 71 years of marriage. "To all my friends and shipmates, I thank you for your support and trust, and the opportunity to represent each and every one of you on my trip to Washington, D.C.," Drake said.

********** Published: April 30, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 2