William Bentley Kern Collection, 226 WFCHS

SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection includes Colonel William Bentley Kern’s speech of 1942 to the 6th Armored Infantry on the eve the invasion of North Africa, news articles, and book excerpts from Lt. Col. Kern life and military career.

HISTORICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL: Colonel William Bentley Kern was born in Winchester, Virginia on July 27, 1911. He is a graduate of Handley High School, Winchester, Virginia. He spent his career in the military with extensive service during World War II in North Africa and Europe, as well as during the Korean conflict. During World War II he was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry at the Battle of Faid Pass. Kern Crossroad, on the battlefield in named in his honor. Kern died on December 19, 1991 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. (1 file-oversized) Last updated 10/14.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Kasserine Pass , www.wikipedia.com; www.Find a Grave.com

CITE AS: Kern, William Bentley Collection # 226 WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA

Mapcase 1, Drawer 13 (Oversized)

Autobiographical Sketch – William Bentley Kerns, 7 leaves, manuscript (photocopy)

Background Information – Folder includes the following items:
Newspaper articles, including obituary
Book excerpt from An Army at Dawn, The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 by Rick Atkinson, New York, NY: Henry Holt and Co., 2007, pgs. 327-343, 13 leaves, printed (photocopy)

Speech made by Lieutenant Colonel W. B. Kern of the Sixth Armored Infantry to troops on the eve of invasion of North Africa, November 7, 1942, 1 leaf, printed, folded