Kenny Williams is Hometown Hero


Ohio County resident Kenny Williams was honored at the Reds-Phillies game on Wednesday, April 6, as the Hometown Hero. It was a chilly day but very proud day for Kenny and his family.

Sgt. Kenny Williams graduated from Rising Sun High School in 1965 and entered the U.S. Army on Nov. 1, 1966. He completed basic training at Ft. Knox, KY and after AIT he was sent to Vietnam where he became a

member of the 25th Infantry Division at Tay Ninh, South Vietnam.

Kenny was wounded by enemy fire in August of 1967 while riding on an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) when a rocket propelled grenade struck the vehicle. Kenny received the Purple Heart for his wounds as well as the Bronze Star with “V” for valor. He also received other medals during his year in Vietnam. He received his honorable discharge on Oct. 31, 1968 at Ft. Hood, TX.

Kenny was honored as the Grand Marshal for the Memorial Day parade in Rising Sun in 2015. Kenny and his wife, Darla, reside on Woods Ridge, and have five children and seven grandchildren. He is a retired postal worker. He is the son of Bea Williams and the late Leroy Junior Williams.