Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 02 July 2010 00:00
On June 30, Ken Jenks, a Westbury resident and veteran, was awarded a citation recognizing service to his country from Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano at the Westbury-Carle Place Chamber of Commerce’s Officers Installation Dinner.
Jenks, born in Manhattan in 1919, grew up in Brooklyn and left behind his studies at St. John’s University to join the U.S. Army in August of 1938.
Jenks said, “The business climate being what it was in 1937 and 1938” was the main reason behind his decision to enlist.
“Service included varying lengths of time with the 1st, 9th and 65th Infantry Divisions primarily as an artillery supply officer,” said Jenks. Jenks served alongside the British 1st Army and the French Foreign Legion during the campaign in North Africa beginning in December 1942.
Following the victory in North Africa came the campaigns in Sicily, Normandy, Northern France, the Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge), the Rhineland, Central Europe, Czechoslovakia (special mission) and Austria (occupation), Jenks noted.
“Two years, nine months and 16 days later, I returned to the States and took a job with the international banking firm of Brown Brothers, Harriman & Co. on Wall Street, retiring 41-plus years later as a senior auditor,” said Jenks.
Jenks was married to the late Amy Elizabeth Lewis in London on July 1, 1945, and for the last 40 years, he has been married to Josepha Loskill of Woodhaven, NY.
“Josepha and I moved to Westbury in July of 1980 and have thoroughly enjoyed our 30 years in the village,” Jenks said.
Jenks was accepted into the Rotary in 1987, and later served as president in 1993.
“My Rotary friends over the course of these years have been among my most treasured,” Jenks said.