Kenneth Lee Worley
LCPL KENNETH LEE WORLEY
"All the photos I send are to honor my fellow Marines....my brothers."
-- Walter Dampier, 10/30/2012
Worley was born on April 27, 1948, in Farmington, New Mexico where his mother and stepfather left him there with relatives
when they moved to Oregon not long after he was born. His mother died in 1950 at age 36 from cancer and kidney failure.
Worley completed the 8th grade at Farmington Elementary School in 1962. He moved to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico,
and attended Hot Spring High School there for two years. Next he moved to Modesto, California, at age sixteen to live
with an aunt. The conditions there were poor for Worley; he lived in a travel trailer with no running water or electricity.
The Medal of Honor citation for Lance Corporal Worley reads:
-- The Virtual Wall
Decades after he threw himself on a grenade to save five fellow Marines in
Vietnam War, a Marine with humble beginnings in Farmington at last is getting some hometown recognition.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that 20-year-old Kenneth Lee Worley was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor
two years after he died in Vietnam.
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