David Kenney

KNX Hero of the Week
Thursday, April 11th
An LA County veteran who gathered intelligence during World War II is getting honored more than 70 years after his service.

Here's the KNX Hero of the Week:

In 1942, President Roosevelt formed the Office of Strategic Services. Service members gathered intel and waged unconventional warfare in enemy territory. It served as a precursor to today’s intelligence community, and 94-year-old David Kenney was one of those members. 

"You volunteered for a dangerous overseas assignment," says David. 

He was 19 years old when he joined, and he became a radio operator. David was first deployed to England and France.  He was then sent to China, where he worked close to enemy lines. 

"We were part of a four-man team that was sent to Nanchong, to investigate and document instances of enemy atrocities."

There were moments when it was quite dangerous. At one point, David's team was given cyanide capsules, in case they were captured. 

David says while he may not have fought directly on the front lines, he believes he was a critical piece to the Allied victory.

"I like to think that some of the messages I sent, were vital." 

David now lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, and on Wednesday, April 17, he will be awarded the OSS Congressional Gold Medal, which is given to all of the surviving veterans of the OSS.

To the nonagenarian, it's an honor. 

"It means an awful lot to me," remarks David. 

The award ceremony will be at The Canterbury, Wednesday April 17 at 2 p.m.  Local leaders will be on hand to present the award. 

We are proud to name David Kenney as the KNX Hero of the Week! KNX Heroes presented by California Resources Corporation saluting our military veterans, and all of our heroes!  

Heather Jordan, KNX 1070 News Radio. ​