The New Era - All about Sweet Home since 1929

WWII service launched vet into active life


November 6, 2019

JAMES KEITH stands next to a display case full of momentoes from an active life that began during World War II.

Keith James sits in his living room in a rented apartment in Sweet Home, telling about his life.

Nearby, a display case is full of medals and framed documents – a letter of thanks from President Harry Truman, a discharge certificate from the Coast Guard. There's a photo of Keith with a giant marlin he landed in a billfish tournament in Hawaii in 1972.

Nearby is a photo of Keith operating a giant 4000 Manitowoc crane in Hawaii, where he cleared rocks to build the Punakau boat harbor, and worked on the construction of Kona International Airport at Keahole and two big observatories on Maun...

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