Kenneth Laverne Boylan
|HOME OF RECORD:
|NEXT OF KIN:
Mother, Mrs. Frances Boylan
|DATE OF BIRTH:
10/6/1942 – 1946
|DATE OF DEATH:
|LAST KNOWN RANK:
Kenneth Laverne Boylan was born in Parma, New York, around the year 1922. He grew up as the middle child of Archie and Frances Boylan’s large family; “Laverne” attended high school in the nearby town of Hilton, graduating in 1942. For a brief time, he attended the Rochester Business Institute and worked for Bausch & Lomb Optical.
In October, 1942, Boylan traveled to Buffalo to enlist in the Marine Corps. After completing boot camp at Parris Island, he was posted to Company A, First Separate Battalion that December and trained with them through their re-designation as Able Company, 24th Marines and their move to Camp Pendleton, California. Boylan, one of the company’s riflemen, was promoted to Private First Class in the summer of 1943, and fought in the battles of Namur, Saipan, and Tinian within the span of a year.
A promotion to corporal and designation as a squad leader were Boylan’s reward for his service in 1944, but 1945 and the battle of Iwo Jima would see him badly wounded and hospitalized. Boylan returned to his company in April, 1945, but his service record and his Purple Heart meant that he was high on the list for transfer to a coveted Stateside post.
Boylan elected to return to Parris Island and became a drill instructor for the final months of the war. In October, the Corps began processing his discharge. He last appears on the records of the Marine Barracks, Naval Air Station in Norfolk, Virginia, in January 1946.
Presumably, Boylan returned to civilian life; no other records of his life after the war have been located.