Kenner, Albert Walton, MG

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Last Rank
Major General
Last Service Branch
Medical Corps
Primary Unit
1916-1919, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry/HHC
Service Years
1916 - 1949

Medical Corps

Major General

Five Overseas Service Bars

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Home Town
Hampden County
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Nov 12, 1959
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Sec: 2, Site: 4764 LH

 Official Badges 

Wound Chevron (1917-1932) Honorably Discharged WW II Army Honorable Service Lapel Pin (1920-1939) 1st Infantry Division

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Medical Shoulder Cord

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Early life and World War I

Albert Walton Kenner was born on December 15, 1889, in Holyoke, Massachusetts. In his youth, his family moved to Virginia, where he grew up. He attended an Emerson Institute and subsequently George Washington University, where he earned his M.D. in 1915.

Kenner joined the Army in 1916 and served during Pancho Villa Expedition. Following World War I, Kenner sailed to France with the American Expeditionary Force, where he served as a medical officer in the 26th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division.

During the heavy fighting at Soissons, the regimental commander, Colonel Hamilton A. Smith, was mortally wounded. Kenner voluntarily went through front lines under heavy machine-gun fire in the hope of helping him. Finding Colonel Smith dead, he recovered his body and returned to his lines. For this action, Kenner was decorated for gallantry with the Distinguished Service Cross.

In addition to his World War I decorations, he received three Silver Stars, a Purple Heart for wounds, French Croix de guerre 1914‚??1918 with Palm and Legion of Honour.


Major general Kenner retired on June 30, 1949 and stayed in Washington, D.C. area with his wife, Raymonde Minard Kenner (1896 - 1959) until his death on November 12, 1959 at the age of 69 years. On April 16, 1962, the army hospital at Fort Lee, Virginia (now Kenner Army Health Clinic) was named in his honor.


For his military services, major general Albert W. Kenner received a large number of decorations for gallantry in action or for other distinguished service.

Distinguished Service Cross Citation

His official Distinguished Service Cross Citation reads:

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 15 (1919)
Action Date: 22-July-1918
Name: Albert Walton Kenner
Service: Army
Rank: Major
Regiment: 26th Infantry Regiment (Attached)
Division: 1st Division, American Expeditionary Forces
Citation: The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Major (Medical Corps) Albert W. Kenner, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 26th Infantry Regiment (Attached), 1st Division, A.E.F., near Soissons, France, 22 July 1918. Learning that his regimental commander had been mortally wounded, Major Kenner voluntarily went through machine-gun fire beyond the front lines in the hope of helping him. Finding his colonel dead, he recovered the body, in spite of the danger to which such action subjected him.




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History of Kenner Army Health Clinic

Construction of a hospital at Camp Lee began in November 1940, as America mobilized for her inevitable involvement in World War II. Camp Lee‚??s Station Hospital was ready for occupancy on 30 March 1941 with 871 beds. By October 1942, the hospital had expanded to 2,000 beds. Camp Lee‚??s hospital was redesignated a regional hospital on 7 June 1944, the day after ‚??Operation Overlord‚?? (D-day invasion) was launched.

The hospital was downsized in 1947, when the bed capacity was reduced to 1,100 beds. The hospital was renovated in 1949 and redesignated US Army Hospital, Fort Lee in 1950, when Camp Lee was named a permanent post. In addition to the redesignation, the bed capacity was reduced further to 200 beds.

As part of Fort Lee‚??s conversion from World War II vintage wooden structures to modern structures, groundbreaking for the current facility took place in 1959. Plans called for the new facility to operate 100 beds, built on a platform with the capability to expand to 200 beds. On 16 April 1962, Kenner Army Hospital was dedicated in memory of Major General Albert W. Kenner, Medical Corps, a veteran of World Wars I and II.

The outpatient wing was added in 1975-1976, effectively tripling the square footage available for patient care. Completion of this project was followed by the renovation of the original building in 1977. A second renovation began in June 1996 in order to bring the facility in compliance with the current Life Safety codes for an inpatient facility. The upgrade, begun in June 1996, lasted until April 1997.

Kenner Army Community Hospital received two Army Superior Unit Awards. The first citation was awarded in 1985 to recognize the innovative use of Medical Unit Self-contained Transportable (MUST) hospital operating room equipment during a renovation of the facility‚??s operating rooms. The second citation was awarded in 1990-1991 to recognize outstanding support rendered during the deployment and subsequent demobilization of troops that participated in Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

In July 1995, the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission selected Kenner Army Community Hospital as a potential candidate to downsize its operations. On 1 August 1996, inpatient and Emergency Department capabilities were eliminated.

On 1 October 1996, Kenner Army Community Hospital was officially redesignated Kenner Army Health Clinic. Kenner staff re-focused their efforts and worked collaboratively with our local TRICARE community to manage the tremendous changes effectively.

Kenner currently has a staff of 92 military,144 civilians and 62 contract staff meeting the health care needs of the 30,000 Soldiers, family members and retirees in the Fort Lee and surrounding communities. The future for Kenner is bright as we continue to strive toward becoming a Primary Care Center of Excellence supporting the growth and diversity of the Fort Lee community.

General Albert W. Kenner grew up in Virginia and graduated from George Washington University. He served as a medical officer with the First Infantry Division in France in World War I. During his tour, he was wounded in action and cited for gallantry during that campaign. During World War II, MG Kenner was the Chief Surgeon for Operation Torch, the amphibious landings at Casablanca in 1942. Operation Torch is distinguished as the longest transport over water by an invasion force, since the troop convoys formed on America‚??s east cost, crossed the Atlantic Ocean (infested with German U-boats) and completed a coordinated attack of British and American forces. Based on his experiences and demonstrated leadership, he was named Chief Medical Officer for Operation Overlord, the allied landings in Normandy, France on 6 June 1944. He continued his service as the first European Theater Surgeon immediately following cessation of hostilities in Europe and retired from active duty in 1952.

Read more about MG Kenner in Bob Hufford's essay on his life at the Find A Grave website.
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26th Infantry Regiment
  1916-1919, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry/HHC
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1916-1917 Mexican Service Campaign (1911-1919)/Pancho Villa Expedition (1916-1917)
  1917-1918 World War I
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George Mason University
  1898-1905, Emerson College
  1910-1915, George Mason University
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